Richard Bratby

Ebullience and majesty: Opera North’s Falstaff reviewed

Plus: a luminous account of Purcell's King Arthur

Shades of Jez Butterworth's Rooster Byron: Henry Waddington as Falstaff. Photo: Richard H Smith

Opera North has launched a ‘Green Season’, which means (among other things) that the sets and costumes for its new Falstaff are recycled. On one level, that’s nothing new: this eternally underfunded company has been performing miracles of sustainability for years now, and there’s usually at least one production each season that looks like it’s been cobbled together from the lumber room.

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