Met Live Presents 'Falstaff,' Featuring SUNY Potsdam Alumna Stephanie Blythe on Dec. 14


Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role in Verdi’s “Falstaff,” showing on The Met: Live in HD on Dec. 14 at Potsdam’s Roxy Theater.

Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine will return to the Met podium to conduct a new production of Verdi's final comic masterpiece, "Falstaff," on Saturday, Dec. 14, which will be transmitted to movie theaters around the world through The Met: Live in HD.

An undisputed master of "Falstaff," Levine will lead the Verdi opera for the first time at the Met since 2005. Robert Carsen's production—the first new Met "Falstaff" since 1964—is set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century.

Ambrogio Maestri will sing the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes SUNY Potsdam alumna Stephanie Blythe '92, as Mistress Quickly. The cast also includes Angela Meade, Lisette Oropesa and Franco Vassallo.

Verdi's "Falstaff" will screen live from the Metropolitan Opera stage at 12:55 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Potsdam's Roxy Theater. There will be an encore screening at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The opera will be performed in Italian, with English subtitles. The approximate running time is three hours, 20 minutes, including intermission.

The 2013-14 season of The Met: Live in HD is sponsored in the North Country by SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and J.S. Cinemas.

All productions will be shown live worldwide on Saturdays. There will also be encore presentations offered on Sundays locally. Doors open a half-hour before show time, and there is immediate seating for advance ticket holders.

In The Met: Live in HD, robotic cameras, strategically placed around and behind the stage, capture the beauty and power of live performance from striking angles, and heighten attention to both performance and production. Intermission features and English subtitles bring the stories to life.

Ticket prices are the lowest available in the nation: $18 for an adult, $15 for senior citizens, $12 for students and $9 for youth age 18 and under.

Tickets are available by calling the Community Performance Series Box Office at (315) 267-2277, or visiting the Roxy Theater or Northern Music & Video in downtown Potsdam or the CPS Box Office in the lobby of Sara M. Snell Music Theater. You can also reserve tickets online by visiting or

For more information on the 2013-14 The Met: Live in HD season, visit the Metropolitan Opera website at

To learn more about SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and its award-winning opera program, visit

Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York's only All-Steinway institution.