Modifying a production concept seen before at Arizona Opera, Chuck Hudson directed an admirably lively, if occasionally frenetic, Tudor-set show with plenty of comic detail… The audience rightly cheered the cast…at the end of a very enjoyable evening.
Opera Saratoga season begins with a bang...To open its season, Opera Saratoga gave capacity crowds a sensational weekend…Verdi’s comic masterpiece “Falstaff” began with a bang. It was a rollicking, tightly paced, colorful production…Director [Chuck] Hudson’s terrific blockings for the often frantically paced action were natural and varied…The fantasy scene at the end was almost exotic.
A buoyant, funny "Falstaff" from Opera Saratoga: The summer season got off to a boisterous start on Saturday night with Opera Saratoga's presentation of Verdi's "Falstaff."...a frantic scene in the second act was enough to almost make you forget that this was opera...Director Chuck Hudson keeps the stage picture lively and appealing.
Opera Saratoga has done itself jubilantly proud here: Mr. Hudson made each scene roll happily along… It was a stupendous tour de force, but so stage-worthy that one almost forgot that this was opera…it was damned good theater.