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“Falstaff” at Dallas Opera

The star of the show is conductor Riccardo Frizza. With controlled but precise movements, he perfectly shapes the opera’s sometimes very fast tempi, while still letting the lyric sections soar. This is difficult writing for every performer; Falstaff is definitely an ensemble piece in which all of the parts of Verdi’s musical puzzle have to fit perfectly together. Frizza accomplishes this task without breaking a sweat.