Falstaff at the Metropolitan Opera (Alice Ford)

December 20th, 2013

“The soprano Angela Meade, fresh from an enormous success as Bellini’s “Norma” at the Met, is a plush-voiced, wise Alice Ford.”

—  The New York Times, Anthony Tommasini (December 2013)


“The cast was generally terrific, particularly Angela Meade as the leading ‘wife,’ Alice Ford. Her full lyric soprano darted and swooped, with trills and high C’s neatly in place.”

—  New York Observer, James Jorden (December 2013)


“All singers moved and sang fluidly. Has Angela Meade (Alice Ford) ever been so at home onstage?”

—  WQXR’s Operavore, David Patrick Stearns (December 2013)


“What a perfect night. The new production at the Metropolitan Opera of Verdi’s last work is a delight from the first glimpse of Falstaff waking up after a drunken party to the final scene of the gallant knight standing atop a banquet table ready for another meal. Directed by Robert Carsen, conducted by Met deity James Levine, “Falstaff” features Ambrogio Maestri, a very large baritone who also cooks off stage. … The huge cast is filled with surprises: Who knew heavyweight soprano Angela Meade could be funny?

 —  Bloomberg, Manuela Hoelterhoff (December 2013)


“Robert Carsen’s new take on Verdi’s final opera is a true delight. … As Alice, Angela Meade lightened her commanding lirico spinto for the occasion, easily dispatching the trills Verdi wrote into her role.”

—  New York Classical Review, Eric Myers (December 2013)