Sat 06 May

Film, MusicOpera Film Club presents Falstaff

Find out about opera with critic Michael Quinn

Portico is delighted to invite you to the first season of our Opera Film Club. In this Spring season, music journalist Michael Quinn will introduce each screening with some brief comments about the composers, the operas and the productions – all from the world’s greatest opera houses. There will be an interval of 15 minutes when a complimentary glass of wine or tea/coffee will be served with the opportunity to discuss the film further. The evening will end in good time to catch the last ferry to Strangford at 10.45pm. Portico’s Opera Film Club starts with a Spring season of three classic operas on film at 7.15pm on the first Saturdays of March, April and May 2017. A ‘Spring Season Ticket’ to all three screenings costs £20. Or you can see any film individually for £10 each. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine or tea/coffee and biscuits.


The inspirational Vladimir Jurowski conducts Verdi’s glorious swansong, his only true comic opera. An international cast is led by Christopher Purves in the larger-than-life role of the corpulent Falstaff, whose profligacy both outrages and inspires the citizens of Windsor. Richard Jones’ production brings out the humour, bitterness and anger – mixed with tenderness and wisdom – embodied in the Shakespeare plays on which the libretto is based. Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 2009, filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound. In Italian with English subtitles. Duration: 136 minutes.


Some of Glyndebourne’s more entrenched punters took umbrage at Richard Jones’ updating of Falstaff to a 1940s Ealing-comedy Windsor. Most, though, as you can hear throughout this film, roared at the gags in a production so sharply coordinated with the music. Five stars!

BBC Music Magazine

The cast is uniformly excellent… Jurowski conducts so as to bring out all the score’s energy and wit without forcing the pace or underlining the jokes.


Michael Quinn

Michael Quinn is a widely published music and theatre critic who lives locally. He has written extensively for many leading journals including Opera, Opera Now, Gramophone and BBC Music. A regular contributor to BBC Northern Ireland’s Sounds Classical, he has written more than 400 programme notes for the likes of the BBC Proms, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Kirov Opera, Castleward Opera and Melba Recordings.

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Event Details

Sat 06 May
19:15 to 22:30

£10 for one show or £20 for all three


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