• Released
  • December 18, 2013
  • 3 hr 20 min
  • Concert/Special Events
    Music/Performing Arts

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Good til the third act

By docphyll
Written December 19, 2013
How could a designer, director, and lighting team do so well in acts 1 & 2 and so poorly in act 3. BAD lighting, bad movement, lack of creativiity re use of large group with horns. Could have used some daring dancers to spark the much more lack-luster music of the third act. LIke night and day.
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Falstaff encore

By reneewatkins5
Written December 21, 2013
The first two acts were incredibly well paced and well sung and beautifully choreographed. I felt after I saw the second half that this was muddy in conception, of no great inspiration. I also felt the young lovers were insipid and could well have been written out of the opera, leaving the central joke and the fast high jinx. Renee
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Falstaff Encore

By conradbp1
Written December 19, 2013
The theater had the sound up too high. The level should be similar to what one hears in the house. When I attend a Metropolitan Opera performance, it is not painfully loud. A good way to gauge the sound level is to listen to the applause. At the theater I attended, the Regal Stadium 16 in Natomas Marketplace, Sacramento, CA, the audience was sparse. Could e excessive sound levels be keeping attendance down? I blame the theater for its ignorance here. The performance was exceptional. Ambrogio Maestri was the perfect Falstaff, and I'm sure it was he who inspired Robert Carson to create this wonderful production. I also thought the "Merry Wives," especially Stephanie Blythe and Angela Meade (who I saw in many performances at the Academy of Vocal Arts) deserve special praise. Act III was really wonderful!
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Metropolitan Opera Falstaff

By sares57
Written December 19, 2013
This was the first time I experienced an Opera on a screen. Actually seeing expressions, behind screen interviews and staging were an added pleasure to my experience. It was so much better than I expected...it was brilliant in all regards. The entertainment factor was there every minute with these very strong and suburb performers. I can hardly wait until February to buy my next ticket.
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Falstaff

By mozart1
Written December 19, 2013
One of the best productions the Met has done in many years. The cast was superb.The setting was amazing. Although I am not a fan of updating, this one workd perfectly. Fleming was the perfect host and seeing the stage crew work was watching perfection in scene changing. Even opera "non-fans" would enjoy this performance.
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