GP at The Met: Falstaff

Falstaff in Photos: A Feast for the Eyes

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Angela Meade as Alice, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s “Falstaff.”

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Angela Meade as Alice, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s “Falstaff.”
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ambrogio Maestri (standing center) in the title role.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri (standing center) in the title role.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Kitchen scene with the young lovers Fenton (Paolo Fanale) and Nannetta (Lisette Oropesa).

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Kitchen scene with the young lovers Fenton (Paolo Fanale) and Nannetta (Lisette Oropesa).
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
A scene from Falstaff with Lisette Oropesa (center in white) as Nannetta.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

A scene from Falstaff with Lisette Oropesa (center in white) as Nannetta.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Angela Meade as Alice, Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Angela Meade as Alice, Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page in Verdi’s Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Christian Van Horn as Pistola and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Christian Van Horn as Pistola and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Keith Jameson as Bardolfo, Ambrogio Maestri as the title character, and Christian Van Horn as Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Keith Jameson as Bardolfo, Ambrogio Maestri as the title character, and Christian Van Horn as Pistola in Verdi’s Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff.

Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi’s Falstaff.
©2013 Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

Opera director Robert Carsen’s production of Falstaff is a special one you won’t want to miss, with vivid costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel and a setting in 1950s England that winks at the eras of Shakespeare and Verdi. Colors pop in the Formica kitchen, pomp reigns in chandelier-lighted and oak-paneled rooms and mystery envelops dreamlike scenes of mistaken identity.

Metropolitan Opera photographer Ken Howard has captured a picture-book spread of photos to beguile Falstaff aficionados and the uninitiated alike. Tune in to Great Performances at the Met: Falstaff on Sunday, April 13 at 12 p.m. on PBS for the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Verdi’s comic masterpiece, conducted by James Levine.