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Saturday, July 15, 2017 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Falstaff, July 15, 2017

  

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 9 February 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.

Verdi was concerned about working on a new opera at his advanced age, but he yearned to write a comic work and was pleased with Boito's draft libretto. It took the collaborators three years from mid-1889 to complete. Although the prospect of a new opera from Verdi aroused immense interest in Italy and around the world, Falstaff did not prove to be as popular as earlier works in the composer's canon. After the initial performances in Italy, other European countries and the US, the work was neglected until the conductor Arturo Toscanini insisted on its revival at La Scala and the Metropolitan Opera in New York from the late 1890s into the next century. Some felt that the piece suffered from a lack of the full-blooded melodies of the best of Verdi's previous operas, a view strongly contradicted by Toscanini. Conductors of the generation after Toscanini to champion the work included Herbert von Karajan, Georg Solti and Leonard Bernstein. The work is now part of the regular operatic repertory.

Cast:

Sir John Falstaff – Bryn Terfel

Ford – Thomas Hampson

Berlin Philharmonic

Claudio Abbado – conductor

DG - 2001

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Verdi's Falstaff BUY Berlin Philharmonic; Claudio Abbado, conductor
10:00pm
10:26pm
Puccini: Love Duet Manaon Lescaut BUY Met; Levine, conductor
10:32pm
R. Strauss: Salome Finale BUY from Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing; composed by R. Strauss
10:46pm
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Dove sono BUY from Metropolitan Opera Gala honoring Sir Rudolf Bing; composed by Mozart
10:51pm
Verdi: Act 3 Duet La forza del destino BUY Met
11:00pm
11:00pm
Verdi: Otello Duet BUY ; James Levine, conductor
11:10pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana - Easter Hymn BUY National Philharmonic; Giandrea Gavazenni, conductor
London/Decca 4758366
11:15pm
James King: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, opera, WWV 96: Prize Song: Morgenlich leuchtend BUY James King
London/Decca 4758366
11:20pm
Dvorak: Rusalka: O silver moon BUY Accademia di Santa Cecilia; Giuseppe Patane, conductor Pilar Lorengar
London/Decca 4758366
11:26pm
Verdi: Don Carlos: Son io, mio Carlo Per me giunto O Carlo, ascolta BUY from Tchaikovsky & Verdi Arias; composed by Verdi
11:34pm
Giordano: Andrea Chenier; Nemico della Partria BUY from The Golden Age of Singing, Vol. 4; 1930-1950; composed by Giordano
11:40pm
Francesco Cilea: L'Arlesiana: Come Due Tizzi Accesi BUY La Scala; Umberto Berrettoni, conductor Tito Gobbi
11:44pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
11:47pm
Puccini: Le villi, opera: La Tregenda BUY from Opera Intermezzi and Preludes; composed by Puccini
Naxos 8550240
11:51pm
Giacomo Puccini: Le Villi: Prelude BUY Santa Cecilia di Roma; Silvio Varviso, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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