Watch Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 1pm on WMHT TV.
Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years, is conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years
Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character in Shakespeare's Henry IV and TheMerry Wives of Windsor. Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff's affection, and Stephanie Blythe is 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.
Levine has led an unparalleled 2,456 Met performances over the course of his 42-year Met career, including 55 performances of Falstaff, more than any other conductor in company history.
Robert Carsen made his Met debut in 1996 with a production of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and returned to the Met in 1999 to stage Boito’s Mefistofele. His production of Falstaff premiered to critical acclaim at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden in May 2012 and traveled to La Scala in January 2013.
The International Herald Tribune praised director Robert Carsen's staging, first seen at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, as a "production of eye-catching ingenuity."
Soprano Renée Fleming hosts the broadcast.