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Falstaff, filmed at the Met, is more jolly. It’s done the rounds, Robert Carsen’s production starting at Covent Garden, then La Scala before moving to New York. James Levine conducts mercurially, and the 1950s production looks as fine as did on the day it was new, especially Alice Ford’s fabulous supersized kitchen, a vision of canary Formica. Ambrogio Maestri repeats his gargantuan Falstaff and has a whale of a time. Angela Meade and Stephanie Blythe camp it up as Mistresses Ford and Quickly, it all becomes a bit arch and ‘Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Know what I mean?’ Lisette Oropresa is an ethereal Nanetta, Franco Vassallo overparted as Ford in this theatre. Yet it’s fun and generates some genuine laughs, so worth a whirl.

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