Venue Details

The Kennedy Center - Opera House
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
202-467-4600
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4.3 / 5 Rated by 16 members
Review from kevharb
Red Velvet 131 events 41 reviews

The music was very good, but the performers had weak voices and struggled to be heard. I thought the staging was gimmicky and distracting, but most other people seemed to like it.

reviewed Oct 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Entertainment
Red Velvet 43 events 16 reviews

It was well sung and HILARIOUS!!! A very fun night at the opera and our seats were GREAT -- Center orchestra, Row J on the aisle -- couldn't be better!!

reviewed Oct 10 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from John
39 events 33 reviews

Falstaff was very enjoyable! There were laughs throughout. The multiple story lines culminating in "he who laughs last, laughs best" made us all just laugh at ourselves as well.

reviewed Oct 10 2009 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

“One of the true great Verdi baritones of our generation.” —BBC Music, on Alan Opie

Description

What happens when an old knight who fancies himself a ladies’ man sends identical love letters to two married women?  Plenty, as Sir John Falstaff (Alan Opie), Shakespeare’s drunken, but much loved rascal, discovers when the merry wives of Windsor (and a few furious husbands) decide to teach him a lesson.  Verdi’s last opera shows the master at the peak of his power and displays some of his most inventive melodies.  This stunning production is directed by Christian Räth and conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing in his WNO debut.

Making his WNO debut, baritone Alan Opie was nominated for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Falstaff and hailed as “…one of the true great Verdi baritones of our generation.” –BBC Music

This intriguing production is directed by Christian Räth and conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing.

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