Falstaff: the perfect opera for first-timers?

Falstaff: the perfect opera for first-timers?


norman lebrecht

December 09, 2013

That’s the verdict of our New York neophytes, Elizabeth Frayer and Shawn E Milnes. Read on here. But don’t ignore prior health warning here, with plenty of horse fodder in the ensuing discussion.

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  • eli77025 says:

    Saw Falstaff about 50 years ago on a business trip to London. Couldn’t understand what was so great about it. Will see/hear/HD next month. Maybe I’ll appreciate it more. If I can be enjoy The Ring is there hope for me as an opera goer.

    • Hallelujah, I’m not alone. Watch out for Genevieve, though; she’ll be after you as soon as she reads your comment.

      • Petros Linardos says:

        I had a hard time when I first experienced Falstaff at 15, at a time when I loved La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Salome, Parsifal, to name a few operas. I caught up with Falstaff later.

        For an entry level opera I would propose The Barber of Seville.