The Met Live in HD: Verdi's Falstaff
Verdi’s brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff has its first new Met production in nearly 50 years,
conducted by James Levine and
directed by Robert Carsen. Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso
buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character originally
seen in Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Merry Wives of Windsor. Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many
objects of Falstaff’s affection, and Stephanie
Blythe is the sharp-tongued Mistress Quickly in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, Paolo Fanale in his Met debut as
Fenton, and Franco Vassallo as Ford.
The International Herald Tribune praised
Carsen’s staging, first seen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as a
"production of eye-catching ingenuity.” Running time: 3 hrs 20 mins.
There is a pre-opera talk (Verdi, Falstaff and Shakespeare) at 11:45AM.
Tickets: $24 Adults / $22 Seniors / $5 Youth 18 and under.
Sat, Dec 14 @ 1 pm