Robert Carsen’s celebrated production, which sets the opera in 1950s England, returns to the Met for the first time since its premiere in the 2013–14 season
Richard Farnes makes his Met debut conducting Verdi’s final score
The starry ensemble includes Ailyn Pérez, Golda Schultz, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Jennifer Johnson Cano, Francesco Demuro, and Juan Jesús Rodríguez
New York, NY (February 8, 2019)—Falstaff, Verdi’s exuberant final opera, returns to the Met for performances February 22–March 16, 2019. Robert Carsen’s acclaimed production moves the action from Shakespeare’s era to 1950s England. Fresh off his much-lauded performance as Michonnet in the Met’s Adriana Lecouvreur, Ambrogio Maestri stars as the notorious glutton Falstaff, reprising his celebrated betrayal in this production’s premiere run in the 2013–14 season. The ensemble cast of merry wives and noblemen also includes Ailyn Pérez as Alice Ford, Golda Schultz as Nannetta, Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Mistress Quickly, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, Francesco Demuro as Fenton, and Juan Jesús Rodríguez as Ford. Conductor Richard Farnes, the former longtime music director of Opera North, makes his Met debut on the podium.
At the performance on March 8, the role of Alice Ford is sung by Helena Dix in her Met debut.
Falstaff Radio and Online Broadcasts
The February 22, February 27, and March 16 performances of Falstaff will be broadcast live on Metropolitan Opera Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 75, and the March 16 performance will also be broadcast over the Toll Brothers–Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network. Additionally, the February 22 and February 27 performances will be audio-streamed live on the Met’s web site, metopera.org.