GP at The Met: Falstaff
Falstaff in Photos: A Feast for the Eyes

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.

Photos from Falstaff

Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.

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

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

Kitchen scene with the young lovers Fenton (Paolo Fanale) and Nannetta (Lisette Oropesa).

Kitchen scene with the young lovers Fenton (Paolo Fanale) and Nannetta (Lisette Oropesa).

Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Angela Meade as Alice, Stephanie Blythe as Mrs. Quickly, and Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page in Verdi's "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.

Ambrogio Maestri (standing center) in the title role.

Ambrogio Maestri (standing center) in the title role.

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.

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi's "Falstaff."

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff.

Christian Van Horn as Pistola and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi's "Falstaff."

Christian Van Horn as Pistola and Ambrogio Maestri in the title role Falstaff.

A scene from Falstaff with Lisette Oropesa (center in white) as Nannetta.

A scene from Falstaff with Lisette Oropesa (center in white) as Nannetta.

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Falstaff.

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff.

Ambrogio Maestri in the title role of Verdi's Falstaff.

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