Giuseppe Verdi's final two operas, Otello and Falstaff, were both based on Shakespeare plays. Together, they may be the finest valedictory in the history of opera, and Falstaff may also be the most optimistic.
On World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents Verdi's Falstaff in a production from the same, historic venue where the opera premiered back in 1893: La Scala in Milan. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars in the title role, alongside soprano Carmen Gianattasio as Alice and baritone Fabio Capitanucci as Ford.
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Sir John Falstaff: Ambrogio Maestri (baritone)
Alice Ford: Carmen Gianattasio (soprano)
Meg Page: Laura Polverelli (mezzo-soprano)
Ford: Fabio Capitanucci (baritone)
Mistress Quickly: Daniela Barcellona (mezzo-soprano)
Nanetta: Irina Lungu (soprano)
Fenton: Francesco Demuro (tenor)
Dr. Caius: Carlo Bosi (tenor)
Bardolph: Riccardo Botta (tenor)
Pistol: Alessandro Guerzoni (bass)
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus