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VERDI Falstaff - Trailer [2021 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino]

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Falstaff was composed to a libretto fashioned by Arrigo Boito largely from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Superficially the work is an opera buffa in its depiction of the travails of the penniless knight, Sir John Falstaff, but goes beyond the operatic tradition of the time. The vocal line is integrated into the orchestral texture, and with self-quotations and parodic elements, the opera is saturated with as much irony as comedy, forming the fitting culmination of Verdi’s entire operatic life. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts this acclaimed staging of Verdi’s final masterpiece.

Available in DVD (37951)/ Blu-ray (57951) / Digital exclusive

Recording place: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence
Recording date: November 23rd, 2021

Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra: Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Chorus Master: Lorenzo Fratini
Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Set designer: Julian Crouch
Lights designer: Alex Brok
Costumes designer: Kevin Pollard
Video: Josh Higgason

Sir John Falstaff, Nicola Alaimo, baritone
Ford, marito di Alice, Simone Piazzola, baritone
Fenton, Matthew Swensen, tenor
Dr. Cajus, Christian Collia, tenor
Bardolfo, seguace di Falstaff, Antonio Garés, tenor
Pistola, seguace di Falstaff, Gianluca Buratto, bass
Mrs. Alice Ford, Ailyn Pérez, soprano
Nannetta, figlia di Alice e Ford, Francesca Boncompagni, soprano
Mrs. Quickly, Sara Mingardo, alto
Mrs. Meg Page, Caterina Piva, mezzo-soprano

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