EXIT POLL: Is Falstaff on form at the new ROH?
Sunday 12 December 1999
I enjoyed it. The stage was rather garishly coloured. All the machinery was moving in and out, people were playing their computers with abandon. Trees were growing up, and people disappearing through the stage. The whole thing was technically fantastic.
MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, 24
The most stunning thing about it was the set. The Royal Opera House has definitely come up trumps. It was spectacular, and so surprising. You never knew quite what was going to happen. Falstaff isn't one of my favourite operas, but the singing was fabulous.
I thought Bryn Terfel was fantastic, but I'm not sure whether I enjoyed the production. Being quite traditional, I found the colours slightly garish, and the automation extraordinary. The second scene was like the Teletubbies! I'm used to stage-hands shifting the scenery.
I loved the technicalities: they were obviously showing off the new theatre. I was impressed with Bryn Terfel's acting. He's such a good all-round performer, as well as just getting the voice. I really loved it, and it's great to be back.
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