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Verdi's Comic Masterpiece 'Falstaff' on Great Performances at the Met

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Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years -- and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first Great Performances at the Met in nearly two years -- airs Sunday, April 13 at 12 noon on PBS (check local listings). (In New York, THIRTEEN will air the opera Thursday, April 10 at 9 p.m.)

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Ambrogio Maestri sings the iconic basso buffo role of Sir John Falstaff, the boorish, blustery character in Shakespeare's Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Angela Meade is Alice Ford, one of many objects of Falstaff's affection, and Stephanie Blythe is Mistress Quickly in a cast that also includes Lisette Oropesa as Nannetta, Jennifer Johnson Cano as Meg Page, Paolo Fanale in his Met debut as Fenton, and Franco Vassallo as Ford.

Levine has led an unparalleled 2,456 Met performances over the course of his 42-year Met career, including 55 performances of Falstaff, more than any other conductor in company history.

Falstaff was originally seen live in movie theaters on December 14 as part of the groundbreaking The Met: Live in HD series, which transmits live performances to more than 2,000 movie theaters and performing arts centers in 65 countries around the world.

Great Performances at the Metis a presentation of THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET.

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