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Robert Carsen's new production of Verdi's Falstaff, conducted by Music Director James Levine, opened to rave reviews on December 6. Check out these images from the performance.
Ambrogio Maestri as Sir John Falstaff
Falstaff has written identical love letters to two wealthy wives—Alice Ford and Meg Page. From left: Angela Meade as Alice, Stephanie Blythe as Mistress Quickly, Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg
Keith Jameson as Bardolfo and Franco Vassallo as Ford, Alice's husband
A scene from Act I
Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta and Paolo Fanale as Fenton
Falstaff (Ambrogio Maestri) receives visits from Mistress Quickly (Stephanie Blythe)...
...and Ford (Franco Vassallo), disguised as “Mr. Fontana.”
The merry wives of Windsor
Alice (Angela Meade) receives Falstaff (Ambrogio Maestri) in her kitchen.
As the jealous Ford approaches, Falstaff hides in a laundry basket.
A scene from Act II
Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff
Paolo Fanale as Fenton and Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta
A scene from Act III
Falstaff is being mocked by the “fairies” at night in Windsor Park
In the opera’s final scene, Falstaff leads the ensemble in declaring that the world is nothing but a joke.
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