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Saturday, June 25, 2016 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Falstaff, June 25, 2016


Falstaff is an opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901). The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The work premiered on February 9, 1893 at La Scala, Milan.

Verdi wrote Falstaff, which was the last of his 28 operas, as he was approaching the age of 80. It was his second comedy, and his third work based on a Shakespeare play, following Macbeth and Otello. The plot revolves around the thwarted, sometimes farcical, efforts of the fat knight, Sir John Falstaff, to seduce two married women to gain access to their husbands' wealth.


 Sir John Falstaff – Bryn Terfel

Claudio Abbado Conductor


Berlin Philharmonic


Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
Giuseppe Verdi: Verdi's Falstaff BUY Berlin Philharmonic; Claudio Abbado, conductor
Erich Wolfgang Korngold : Die Tote Stadt - Duet BUY Münchner Rundfunkorchester; Erich Leinsdorf, conductor Rene Kollo, Carol Neblett
Wagner: Die Walkure: Leb' Wohl, Du Kuhnes, Herrliches Kind! BUY from George London - The Singers; composed by Wagner
TchTchaikovsky: Act 3 Duet Eugene Onegin BUY from George London: Aida, Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni, Eugene Onegin, Faust (Margarethe), Prince Igor (Furst Igor), Le Nozze Di Figaro (Signature); composed by TchTchaikovsky
Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde Prelude and Liebestod ; Barenboim/Solti, conductor Birgit Nilsson

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