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Brilliant staging marks the return of 'Falstaff' to the Teatro Real

El Pais

Laurent Pelly's highly-anticipated new production of Verdi's last opera Falstaff opened to acclaim and delighted audiences at Teatro Real Madrid last week. With sets designed by Barbara de Limburg, and fellow Maestro artists Christian Räth and Jean-Jacques Delmotte also part of the creative team, the production is a co-production with La Monnaie / De Munt, Opéra national de Bordeaux and the Nikikai Opera Foundation, Tokyo.

"Transfer Falstaff to our time, or rather to the sixties, of wives with cardigans and husbands with raincoats, and endow all, poor and wealthy, with clothes of overwhelming veracity, on an evolving scenery designed by Barbara de Limburg, which opens and closes like an intriguing mollusc, to make a fantastic trip from a bar on the outskirts to the confines of an enchanted forest passing through a kitsch framework where these comrades of an urban middle class Windsor are "stirred"."

A really outstanding result obtained by Pelly, with scenic variety of true merit, in this time of one-set productions, in each of the six parts that make up the three acts." Periodistadigital

“Verdi's opera returns after 17 years with a new and brilliant production by Laurent Pelly, where "not everything is a mockery" but a very serious creation.” El espagnol