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Verdi’s comic and final opera requires two things: a great baritone and a superb conductor, and in this performance we have both in Cornell MacNeil and James Levine. MacNeil’s huge booming voice and down-to-earth acting style gives dignity to Falstaff’s bluster, while Levine masterfully draws out all the sparkle and color in the orchestra. Rounding out the cast are Evelyn Lear as Alice Ford, Thomas Stewart as Ford, and Fedora Barbieri as Dame Quickly.

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Performance Info

Performance Date

Apr 5, 1975


Giuseppe Verdi


Arrigo Boito

Run Time

1 HRS 59 MIN

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus