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With more than 1,600 performances over the course of his 50-year-long Met career, Paul Plishka is nothing short of an operatic legend. Though he began his career in smaller supporting roles, Plishka soon took on some of the most celebrated roles in the bass repertoire, including the title character of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece, Falstaff. Alongside Plishka’s outlandish¬ yet lovable portrayal, Barbara Daniels sings an elegant Alice Ford, with mezzo-sopranos Margaret Lattimore and the beloved Marilyn Horne as her fellow wives of Windsor. Baritone Gino Quilico is an imposing Ford, and the bright-voiced soprano Barbara Bonney offers a charming portrayal as his young daughter Nannetta. Just four years after his making Met debut, tenor Paul Groves is the fresh-faced Fenton. James Levine conducts a buoyant performance of this classic comedy, keeping the audience laughing all the way to the heartwarming finale.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Feb 3, 1996
Composer
Giuseppe Verdi
Librettist
Arrigo Boito
Run Time
1 HRS 57 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
James Levine
Alice
Barbara Daniels
Nannetta
Barbara Bonney
Quickly
Marilyn Horne
Ford
Gino Quilico
Falstaff
Paul Plishka
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