Verdi's Falstaff at Los Angeles Opera

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Roberto Frontali in the tile role of 'Falstaff' with Carmen Giannattasio as Alice Roberto Frontali in the tile role of 'Falstaff' with Carmen Giannattasio as Alice (Robert Milard/LA Opera)

The summer season of broadcasts from Los Angeles Opera kicks off with the company's new production of Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff.

Presented in honor of the composer’s 200th birthday this past season, Falstaff tells of Sir John Falstaff (Roberto Frontali), who is running out of money and looking for a quick fix. So he sets his sights on two rich women, Alice (soprano Carmen Giannattasio) and Meg (mezzo-soprano Erica Brookhyser), and writes them love letters. Baritone Marco Caria plays Ford, Alice's jealous husband. Soprano Ekaterina Sadovnikova and tenor Juan Francisco Gatell are the lovers Nannetta and Fenton. LA Opera Music Director James Conlon conducts.

Cast:

Sir John Falstaff   Roberto Frontali
Alice Ford           Carmen Giannattasio
Ford                   Marco Caria
Nannetta             Ekaterina Sadovnikova
Fenton                Juan Francisco Gatell
Meg Page            Erica Brookhyser
Mistress Quickly   Ronnita Nicole Miller
Dr. Caius            Robert Brubaker
Bardolph             Rodell Rosel
Pistol                  Valentin Anikin

CONDUCTOR:  James Conlon
CHORUS:   LA Opera Chorus
CHORUS MASTER:  Grant Gershon

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Comments [4]

concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Sorry I could not listen today. This opera is pure theatre and one of Peppino's jewels in his crown. Hope you are well.
Best wishes

Jul. 13 2014 08:50 AM
mozart opera man from Earth

Thought the performance hung together quite nicely. LA Opera productions are excellent and often better sung than the stuff at the MET. Thank you LA Opera for recording Falstaff - it must have been a might romp on stage.

Jul. 12 2014 03:40 PM

CBC Flastaff on a beautiful day ! I only wisy Verdi would have given the tenor more to sing.

Jul. 12 2014 02:57 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

Amazingly, GIUSEPPE VERDI as his last operatic composition chose a light comedy from his favorite author WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE to close his creative life with a joyous romp. His FALSTAFF has so much to offer musically and dramaturgy-wise that its attraction to singers and maestri is irresistible. I have composed two operas, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" so my zeal for any project Shakesoearean is passionate. Looking forward to hearing the broadcast today.

Jul. 12 2014 09:56 AM

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