Magazine article Opera Canada

Norfolk, VA

Magazine article Opera Canada

Norfolk, VA

Article excerpt

Sometimes a provincial company can stage a work that would do honor to any of the world's leading opera houses. So it was with the Virginia Opera's Falstaff arguably the company's best, most-successful effort in its 39 seasons. It was one of those rare occasions when every element worked as it should, thus showing what Wagner meant in calling opera Gesamtkunstwerk.

Kudos goes first to the masterful conducting of Joseph Rescigno and to the tight stage direction and interpretive concept of Stephen Lawless, whose work owed something to the Glyndebourne Festival production of the late Jean-Pierre Ponelle. Their success would not have happened without a cast of absolutely first-class voices and histrionic talent: bass-baritone Stephen Powell (Falstaff), baritone Weston Hurt (Ford), soprano Elizabeth Caballero (Alice Ford), mezzo-soprano Courtney Miller (Meg Page), contralto Ann McMahon Quintero (Mistress Quickly), lyric soprano Amanda Opuszinski (Nanetta), tenors Aaron Blake (Fenton), Ryan Connelly (Dr. …

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