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Saturday, August 25, 2018 Permalink

At The Opera, Verdi: Falstaff, August 25, 2018


Falstaff  is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. 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 6, 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 – Giuseppe Taddei

Ford – Saturno Meletti

Alice Ford – Rosanna Carteri

Orchestra and Chorus of RAI

Mario Rossi – condcutor

Recorded in mono in 1949

Remastered in 2000 for CETRA


8:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:15 p.m.
Verdi: Falstaff BUY RAI; Mario Rossi, conductor
11:00 p.m.
11:01 p.m.
Puccini/Verdi/Donizetti: Opera Duets BUY ; various, conductor Tucker/Di Stefano/Kraus/Valetti/Labo

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