Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Falstaff (opera)

Ambrogio Maestri is set to star as the blustery Sir John Falstaff in The Met Opera's glorious production of Verdi's masterpiece which will be broadcast to Eastbourne's Cineworld on the 14th of December. An undisputed master of Falstaff, Music Director James Levine conducts Verdi’s opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen’s production - the first new Met Falstaff since 1964 - is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. The ensemble includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo.

Falstaff, the opera, is based on Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor which was recently performed at the Devonshire Park Theatre by Creative Cow. In order to repair a serious dent in his finances, Sir John Falstaff decides to woo and seduce Alice Ford and Meg Page, both of whom are the wives of prominent and wealthy Windsor citizens, believing that he will then be able to take their money. He writes the women identical love letters, not realising that the two will compare their letters, uncover his plot before it has even begun, and set to deceiving their erstwhile deceiver.

Cineworld, Sat 14th Dec, 17:55.
Tickets £17.90 adults, £14.20 concessions, available online, by calling 0871 200 2000, or in person from the foyer.

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