I hadn't seen Falstaff before (or at least I don't remember seeing it). I was floored by what I will describe as the surreal treatment of Act III. Do all productions have this "other worldly" flavor that Carsen's does? I thought the way the words and philosophical ideas (absurdity of life, and especially how serious we all seem to so often take ourselves) was superbly handled with this "un"-real treatment.
Musically, that fugue at the end simply sent me to the moon. I thought it one of the single most amazing pieces of singing I have ever heard. And to think Verdi wrote this "flip-the-bird" to all of us humans at the very end of his life (80 years old I think) blows me away. What a mind and life-force he must have had!