Verdi's Falstaff from La Scala

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Verdi's 'Falstaff' from La Scala in Milan starring baritone Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. Verdi's Falstaff from La Scala in Milan starring baritone Ambrogio Maestri in the title role. (Rudy Amisano)

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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.

Cast:

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

Comments [2]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

My website is www.WagnerOpera.com Sorry for the typo.

Dec. 14 2013 06:32 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Today's, Saturday December 14th, 2013, MET OPERA broadcast of FALSTAFF was so commendable on the purely audio side that whatever the actual in house viewing of the sets and costumes at the MET is, today's broadcast made clear why FALSTAFF is such a masterpiece. WE SHOULD BE SO LUCKY in future performances of opera. FALSTAFF IS EVERYTHING to enjoy, and one automatically sympathizes with its central figure, whose hedonistic nature to enjoy eating, drinking, womanizing and plotting bractical jokes is part of his "rounded' figure. Many years back I performed in the American premiere of Sir Ralph Vaughn Williams' 'SIR JOHN IN LOVE" which used the original SHAKESEPEARE TEXTS and had the orchestral version of GREENSLEEVES which became the theme music for a popular radio program starting at midnite. As we know the beautiful GREENSLEEVES predated even SHAKESPEARE's birth. That any composer at age 80 would have the attraction of a comic opera to set him to compose so bountiful a score, so rich in characterization and subtexting in the orchestra and be so rich in orchestral colors and so melodic throughout. FALSTAFF is unico. The cast is ideal especially, of course, AMBROGIO MAESTRI as Falstaff and STEPHANIE BLYTHE as Mistress Quickly. MAESTRO JAMES LEVINE LOVES THIS WORK AND IT SHOWS!!! Bravo, Maestro Levine, it's our best holiday present to have back your inspiring conducting. I, a Wagnerian heldentenor, will sing the complete Wesendonck Lieder (Wagner), the complete Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Mahler), the tenor solos from Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler) and Waldemar’s music from Gurrelieder (Schoenberg) at the New Life Expo at the Pennsylvania Hotel in New York City on Saturday March 22nd, 2014. It is to be DVDed by Vlalhalla Records. The accompanying collaborator pianist is ROLF BARNES. I teach voice and coach actors in all the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers in all the Wagner roles at the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute in Boonton, NJ. My website is www.WagnerOpdera.com where one may download , free, 37 out of the nearly 100 that I have sung in four three-hour-long solo concerts in the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall, going to RECORDED SELECTIONS.

Dec. 14 2013 06:21 PM

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