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Lander Library hosting 'Falstaff'

Dec 9, 2013 - From staff reports

"Falstaff," Giuseppe Verdi's comic opera, is coming to Lander via video on Saturday in a new production from the Metropolitan Opera.

The much-anticipated performance has been further enhanced by musical director James Levine's return to the Metropolitan after an absence of two years. Levine will conduct the orchestra.

"Falstaff" was Verdi's last opera, written when he was 80, and has been acclaimed over the years for its musical innovation and virtuosity.

The Falstaff story was taken by Verdi and his accomplished librettist Arrigo Boito from William Shakespeare's "Henry IV" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor."

The story, of the dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff as he lecherously but fruitlessly pursues Mistress Al-ice Ford, is told with great high hu-mor and deep compassion.

The opera can be seen at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Fremont County Library in Lander.

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