This Saturday at 1 pm, the Metropolitan Opera presents director Robert Carsen's Falstaff – the first new production of the Verdi opera performed at the Met since 1964.
Carsen's Falstaff updates the action, originally set in the 16th century, to post-World War II England. Ambrogio Maestri plays a financially impaired Falstaff intent on seducing one of two wealthy married women to cover his debts. The production features Angela Meade as Alice Ford, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and soprano Lisa Oropesa as a pixieish Nannetta. An impressive Stephanie Blythe makes an appearance as Mistress Quickly as well.
James Levine returns to conduct Verdi's melancholic comedy.
Conductor: James Levine
Nannetta: Lisette Oropesa
Alice: Angela Meade
Mrs. Quickly: Stephanie Blythe
Meg Page: Jennifer Johnson Cano
Fenton: Paolo Fanale
Falstaff: Ambrogio Maestri
Ford: Franco Vassallo