An Opera Reset for the 1950s Era

December 5th, 2013

The Wall Street Journal | In the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Falstaff, opening Friday, the singer who plays the youthful Nannetta wears pedal pushers, the kitchen in a key scene is filled with midcentury American appliances and the title character’s first appearance is in a hotel room, surrounded by room-service carts.

Welcome to Falstaff set in the pre-Mad Men era, a far cry from the late-1800s opera created by Giuseppe Verdi, much less the Shakespearean plays from which it is based.

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