Metropolitan Opera Falstaff Tickets
The 2013-14 season at the MET is loaded with a variety of feature presentations. One of the most prominent and awaited staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s last opera Falstaff. The MET presents this opera as a collaborative effort with the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Teatro alla Scala (Milan), De Nederlandse Opera (Amsterdam) and the Canadian Opera Company (Toronto). This operatic commedia lirica is an adaptation from two of Shakespeare’s plays Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Falstaff tickets take you to a brand new premier of Falstaff at the MET this season. It will premiere early this winter and will resurface as one of the best loved productions at the MET. Producer/Director Robert Carsen chose conductor James Levine to present this brilliant masterpiece by Verdi. This production marks the return of Levine to the MET; he will be seen at the podium after two years reviving this opera in its true colors.
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Falstaff was originally the brainchild of Arrigo Boito who adapted it from two Shakespearean plays. It is special because it was the second comical opera by Verdi and wrote it in the last years of his life. Verdi's operas written before it were also inspired by Shakespearean plays like Macbeth, King Lear and Otello. They were far more popular compared to this piece when they came to public for the first time. However, the opera won more admiration in a different time and era. It has become one of the favorite operas of our times because of its visionary music and humor. Critics and public loved the way was showcased, for its orchestration, exciting libretto and refined melodies.
The star cast has names like Ambrogio Maestri he will be playing the roles of the main lead Sir John Falstaff. This iconic, loud and bold character is a part of Henry IV as well as the Merry Wives of Windsor. Nicola Alaimo will lead with Maestri along with Angela Meade playing Alice Ford, Stephanie Blythe playing Mistress Quickly Lisette Oropesa playing Nannetta, Paolo Fanale playing Fenton in his Met debut, Franco Vassallo playing Ford and Jennifer Johnson Cano playing Meg Page. The opera’s richly-detailed narrative has been made possible with the effort of its wonderful production and creative teams; Carsen as the Producer/Director has helped in making this standard repertoire truly exceptional. Set designer Paul Steinberg, costume designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel and lighting designer Peter Van Praet have helped recreate the era spot on.
Falstaff has been a presented by many operas around the world as a repertoire. Its premier in 1893 at La Scala in Milan brought this opera to public. The show met with great success because of its wonderful musicians and orchestrations. Names like Victor Maurel (one of the most iconic Barritones of Europe at that time) sang at the premier and made all the following runs commercially successful. This opera reached Vienna three months later. From here it went all the way to Germany where it was staged in Hamburg conducted by Gustav Mahler in 1894. It’s most memorable an eye catching performance took place at the Royal Opera House in the summer of 1894. The opera came to the US in 1895 and premiered at the MET. This presentation saw Victor Maurel playing the main lead, it later thrived at the MET as one of its leading shows.
The story is told in the backdrop of Henry IV’s is reign in the city of Windsor. Sir John Falstaff is a chubby, middle aged man who suffers from some kind of mid-life crisis. He is a very vain and a very interesting character used the Shakespeare’s tricky comedies. This character has been used by Verdi to teach the meaning of loyalty and honesty in relationships, specially love. In this three act opera John is seen wooing Mistress Page and Mistress Ford; both wealthy, married women. Attracted to money of these women, is man is seen trying desperately to win over both of them and also trying to recapture his youth. Falstaff’s efforts fall apart when Mistress Ford and Mistress Page have plan to trick and teach him a lesson once and for all.
This production of Falstaff is getting great reviews. It is the first new production that the MET will be presenting in fifty years. Media and critics are praising Carsen's work as brilliant, enthralling piece. This staging has originality and ingenuity that makes it a show worth watching. To get a flavor of this spectacular piece of opera, grab cheap Falstaff tickets.
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