Falstaff blusters across Cowichan Theatre big screen

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Live at Met's Falstaff hits the Cowichan Theatre big screen Saturday.
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It was Verdi's final masterpiece and it has been adapted for New York's Metropolitan Opera stage for the first time in nearly 50 years.

And you can watch on the Cowichan Theatre big screen Saturday morning.

The Met: Live in HD series presents Falstaff, conducted by James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen.

An operatic commedia lirica that premiered in 1893 was only the second of Verdi's 28 operas to be a comedy and the third based on a Shakespearean play.

"In this new Met production, Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character originally seen in Shakespeare's Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor. Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff's affection, and Stephanie Blythe is the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly," promotional material states.

The International Herald Tribune praised Carsen's staging, first seen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as a "production of eye-catching ingenuity." Falstaff has long been an admired favourite with critics and musicians because of its brilliant orchestration, scintillating libretto and refined melodic invention.

The show starts at 9:55 a.m. Tickets are $26 ($24 for seniors, $22 for students and $15.50 for child. Call 748-7529 for more.

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