VERDI, G.: Falstaff (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, 2006)

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Falstaff
Libretto/Text Author: Boito, Arrigo
Libretto Source: Shakespeare, William
Conductor: Mehta, Zubin

Dr. Cajus: Bosi, Carlo
Mrs. Alice Ford: Frittoli, Barbara
Mrs. Meg Page: Polverelli, Laura
Mrs. Quickly: Zilio, Elena
Pistola: Roni, Luigi
Sir John Falstaff: Raimondi, Ruggero

Set/Stage Designer: Palli, Margherita
Costume Designer: Diappi, Carlo Maria
Lighting Designer: Levi, Guido
Stage Director: Ronconi, Luca
Television Producer: Vitellozzi, Erica
Television Director: Longobardo, Paola

Date of Production: 12-05-2006
Venue: Teatro Comunale, Florence
Playing Time: 02:08:00
Catalogue Number: DVWW-OPFALF
UPC: 824121002138

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Synopsis

The main characters are sung by leading exponents of their respective roles, including Barbara Frittoli, who sang Alice in the production that marked the reopening of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The action revolves around Ruggero Raimondi, one of the foremost Falstaffs of recent years. Raimondi first sang the role, one of a small number of purely baritone parts in his repertoire, in 1986, and then waited until the end of the 1990s before taking it up again under Claudio Abbado in Berlin. He values the part for the way Falstaff "takes part in the action both comically and dramatically, and perhaps this is the real strength and beauty of the role."

Adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's play The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff was Verdi's last opera and one of his few comedies. It was also the third of Verdi's operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, and like his first adaptation of the English playwright, Macbeth, it concludes with a fugue, the famous "Tutto nel mondo e burla" (All the world's a joke). The successful first performance took place at La Scala in Milan in 1893. While not as immensely popular as the works that immediately preceded it (Aida and Otello) Falstaff's refinement and melodic invention have made it a long term favourite with both artists and audience.

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