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Falstaff (2003)

When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and ... See full summary »

Director:

Chloé Perlemuter

Writers:

Arrigo Boito (opera), William Shakespeare (play)
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Willard White Willard White ... Sir John Falstaff (as Willard W. White)
Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke ... Dottore Cajus
Santiago Sánchez Jericó Santiago Sánchez Jericó ... Bardolfo
Paolo Battaglia Paolo Battaglia ... Pistola
Charlotte Hellekant Charlotte Hellekant ... Meg Page
Geraldine McGreevy Geraldine McGreevy ... Alice Ford
Miah Persson Miah Persson ... Nannetta
Nora Gubisch Nora Gubisch ... Mrs. Quickly
Marcus Jupither Marcus Jupither ... Ford
Yann Beuron Yann Beuron ... Fenton
Jérôme Avenas Jérôme Avenas ... Choir
Neil Baker Neil Baker ... Choir
Rüdiger Ballhorn Rüdiger Ballhorn ... Choir
Catriona Bar Catriona Bar ... Choir
Elin Carlsson Elin Carlsson ... Choir
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When Sir John Falstaff decides that he wants to have a little fun he writes two letters to a pair of Window wives: Mistress Ford and Mistress Page. When they put their heads together and compare missives, they plan a practical joke or two to teach the knight a lesson. But Mistress Ford's husband is a very jealous man and is pumping Falstaff for information of the affair. Meanwhile the Pages' daughter Anne is besieged by suitors.

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Commedia Lirica in Three Acts

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

18 February 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Quite unusual but interesting
2 October 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Falstaff is not among my favourite of Verdi's operas, but it is a pleasurable and fun opera with good tunes. So far, of the three productions I've seen of Falstaff my personal favourite is the one with Renato Bruson in the title role(though I love Bryn Terfel in the 1999 production and quite liked that too).

This Falstaff is probably my least favourite of the three, however that doesn't mean it's bad. In fact it is good and very interesting. If there are any problems I had it would be while the camera work is clear and shows signs of skill I did find it a little annoying that it focused too much on those who weren't singing. Also I heard that the characters' treatment of Falstaff was racially motivated.

If so, I would have liked it to have been explored more, this idea while unusual did interest me and the staging if this idea was intended didn't reflect that.

However the costumes are very elegant and the scenery is clever. The picture quality is clear, the sound is good and the orchestra and conducting doing complete justice to the score.

Loved the performances too. Willard White is not the fat and somewhat ridiculous figure, and the portrayal is more sombre too, I have often seen portrayed and what was created by Shakespeare, however that didn't detract from the performance for me. He is an attractive and virile presence, and his interpretation is exceptionally well sung and acted.

The supporting cast acquit themselves very well also, with Miah Persson on sparkling form as Nannetta and Marcus Jupither excellent as Ford.

Overall, unusual albeit interesting. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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