Verdi's Falstaff with Met/Levine, Carsen

Dec 13, 2013

Tune in at noon to hear how Verdi improves on Shakespeare in the comic masterpiece Falstaff,  premiered when the composer was 80.  James Levine conducts Falstaff better than anyone else, and Robert Carsen's new Met production (updating the action to postwar England) is winning raves, as is Ambrogio Maestri - the 6' 5" Italian baritone who, says, the New York Times, "simply owns the role of Falstaff."

"Everyone plays the fool, and he who laughs last laughs best" - the final chorus of Verdi's Falstaff from the Met's new production
Credit Photo: Ken Howard/Met Opera