Much Ado About Shakespeare: Macbeth, Othello and More Highlight 2013-14 Season

By Benjamin Solomon
12 Oct 2013

I just don't get why Shakespeare didn't write any musicals.
The Metropolitan Opera
Dec. 6–Jan. 11

It is true Shakespeare didn't write any musicals, but that doesn't mean Shakespeare's verse hasn't been set to music. The Metropolitan Opera presents a new production of Giuseppe Verdi's comedic favorite, Falstaff, which the composer adapted from both The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV. James Levine conducts Robert Carsen's lavish new production set in the mid-20th century English countryside, giving Verdi's final work a "Downton Abbey" spin.