Falstaff, as Tim Page once wrote, memorably, "has the metabolism of a hummingbird". Sir John is the fattest man ever to take flight, effortlessly -- thanks to Verdi's magic musical carpet. And, a bit like Le Nozze di Figaro, even a bad Falstaff is better than no Falstaff at all -- a reason why, hearing of a new production of Verdi's final opera makes Opera Chic just swoon a little, every time. Now it's the turn of the new Glyndebourne Falstaff, directed by Richard Jones, conducted by Vlad Jurowski, with Christopher Purves as the fat man,
It's also nice to read that the supercool Adriana Kučerová is part of the cast -- as Nannetta.
Anyway, Edward Seckerson was there for the "Independent":