Accessibility links


Sign In
  • Home
  • News
  • Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Falstaff 2018?

Your Reaction: What did you think of Verdi's Falstaff 2018?

Audience responses and press reviews following opening night of The Royal Opera's production, starring Bryn Terfel.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

9 July 2018 at 1.02pm | 9 Comments

Press reviews:

Evening Standard ★★★★
The Stage ★★★
Telegraph ★★★

What did you think of Falstaff?
Add your thoughts in the comments below.

Falstaff runs until 21 July 2018. Tickets are still available.

The production is generously supported by Rolex and is a co-production with Canadian Opera Company, The Metropolitan Opera, New York, and Dutch National Opera.

By Mel Spencer (Senior Editor (Social Media))

9 July 2018 at 1.02pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged by Robert Carsen, Falstaff, Social Media, your reaction

This article has 9 comments

  1. donald campbell responded on 11 July 2018 at 8:55am Reply

    After seeing Falstaff last night and then reading the reviews, I wonder if the critics were asleep. It was sparkling, vibrating with life and great singing. People on the tube were ecstatic about the production and performances-a triumph!

  2. Stephen Jay-Taylor responded on 12 July 2018 at 3:25am Reply

    The critics weren't asleep, but the conductor most certainly was. I've never heard such a flat-footed, leaden, foursquare account of the score in my (long) life, about as sparkling as sludge, and if you felt anything vibrating it was either your phone or someone snoring...

    • >if you felt anything vibrating it was either your phone or someone snoring...

      How rude you are!

  3. Michael Fontes responded on 17 July 2018 at 12:30pm Reply

    Very good singing and playing. Spoiled by a lumpish set and an unsubtle production. The lighting was over fussy - sudden dramatic spots with everything else dimmed for the little love duets between Fenton and Nanetta, so subtly interwoven by Verdi: he might not have bothered. The scene in Windsor Forest at the end was particularly dreadful: all straight lines with people being pushed about on bridge tables on casters. Don't these guys realize that straight lines destroy any feeling of naturalism? Yet there was a big gesture towards naturalism in the scene where F gets over his ducking - a live horse eating hay. So too many gestures to the ignorant in the audience, as though they needed entertainment because there isn't enough of that in the music. I despair. A fine performance by great singers spoiled by the designers and the lighting engineers. The ROH direction should have vetoed the set from the start.

  4. Nik responded on 20 July 2018 at 10:02am Reply

    I have to agree with SJT, the conductor was awful. He might have been plucked from a banda municipale for all the refinement he brought to the work. I totally understand that Pappano can't do everything, but why are so many of the other conductors he hires so woefully inept?
    Excellent cast though. Sir Bryn and Sir Simon were on glorious form last night!

  5. Graham Hughes responded on 22 July 2018 at 10:48am Reply

    This production was trugly a magical, fun filled ride full of wonderful performances from the cast. I was fortunate to see the last performance yesterday, and it filled me with enough joy and merriment to last the rest of 2018 and beyond. Bravo to Carsen for the genius move of setting the opera in Elizabeth II's period as queen. I now really really hope the ROH have filmed this production, and plan on releasing it on Blu Ray/DVD this year for all of us fans to have and watch time after time to relive the great joy it brought to all lucry to have seen and heard this Opera at the ROH! Bravo Bravo on a great show!

  6. An absolute joy. Thank you everyone.

  7. james dalgleish responded on 26 July 2018 at 11:31pm Reply

    An absolutely amazing performance overall. Bryn Terfel was on top form, as was Ann Maria Martinez and my fellow Scot, Marie McLaughlin.
    A truly magical evening!

Leave a reply to Margaret Taylor · Cancel

Your email will not be published

Website URL is optional