ARTS Pick: Falstaff

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The Metropolitan Opera recrafts the comedic libretto Falstaff featuring sophisticated, yet economical, musical dialogue and an impressive ensemble cast. The Metropolitan Opera recrafts the comedic libretto Falstaff featuring sophisticated, yet economical, musical dialogue and an impressive ensemble cast.

Brilliant orchestration and dastardly deception punctuate Verdi’s Falstaff, the seminal composer’s final opera. The action streams live in HD and stars Ambrogio Maestri as the fabulous fat knight Sir John Falstaff from Shakespeare’s Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor in the Met’s first new production of the piece in nearly 50 years. Wealthy married women and servants alike swear revenge on the Bard’s beloved bad boy in a fresh mid-20th century setting.

Saturday 1/4. $18-24, 1pm. The Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. 979-1333.

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