• Released
  • December 14, 2013
  • 3 hr 20 min
  • Concert/Special Events
    Music/Performing Arts

Critics Say


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By fwhitehouse
Written December 15, 2013
Great opera and wonderful cast including all main line singers. Verdi's music fit the comedy. It was an operatic farce of the first order. Similar to The Barber...; Marriage of Figaro; and on the stage, "the Italian Straw Hat." A couple of the women singers were a bit hefty, but their voices were wonderful.
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Metropolitan Opera production of Falstaff

By lyricfanfran
Written December 22, 2013
Falstaff is one of my favorite operas! I enjoyed Ambrogi Maestri in the title role; the staging was a bit strange, but in the opera world, it is not unusual to find a director who wants to make a name for himself try to use controversial staging to make his statement. Nothing could alter the beauty of the musical score, the singers were very good, and the orchestra sounded wonderful under the direction of Maestro Levine. I would recommend it to anyone who loves opera to check this out.
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By Dot329
Written December 16, 2013
This production of Falsyaff is absolutely wonderful. ...the singing, the staging, the whole production was beautiful. .....it was great to see James :Levine work his magic.
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Great and respectful modern interpretation

By drmarmer
Written December 16, 2013
Falstaff is one of my favorite operas. There is so much in it that a brief review cannot do it justice. I will write just a couple of things about the opera itself and then address the performance. The opera is both a refutation and an imitation of what Wagner was doing at the time. There are leitmotif elements throughout the score and the start of the final act is in some ways a parody of Wagner, but the general musical style is nearly opposite to Wagner. It was Verdi's final opera and the combination of libretto and score in Falstaff and Otello are at a height of greatness few if any other operas achieve. One can only lament that Verdi and Boito did not get to do an opera version of King Lear. As to this production, I generally don't care for updated modern takes but this one was extremely effective. The singers were superb, the costumes and production first rate, and it was good to see James Levine fit to conduct. I can hardly wait for the DVD.
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By lindamoss
Written December 16, 2013
What a hilarious opera -- and so well-played by the cast. Neither of us had seen Falstaff before, and we will surely go again the next time it is featured.
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