In the opera's opening scene, when Bardolph and Pistol cite their "honor" when declining to assist in the scheme to bilk Alice and Meg, Falstaff (baritone Ambrogio Maestri) launches into a scene-ending monologue ("Honor? Scoundrels!") telling them exactly what he thinks of both their honor and the concept of honor in general -- which isn't much.
THE B SIDE: "Tutto nel mondo"
After a lifetime composing tragic dramas, Verdi ended his career with one of opera's greatest comedies, closing its final act with the brilliantly optimistic chorus "Tutto nel mondo è burla" -- "All the world is a joke."
ApRil 7, 2016
The soprano Ailyn Pérez has won this year’s Beverly Sills Artist Award, which offers a $50,000 prize to help foster the careers of young singers who have appeared in solo roles at the Metropolitan Opera, that company announced on Thursday.
A rising lyric soprano who won the…