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 this recent production of "Falstaff" from the same historic venue where the opera premiered in 1893, La Scala in Milan. Baritone Nicola Alaimo stars in the title role, alongside soprano Eva Mei as Alice, and baritone Massimo Cavaletti as Ford, in a production led by conductor Daniele Gatti.
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Sir John Falstaff: Nicola Alaimo (baritone)
Alice Ford: Eva Mei (soprano)
Meg Page: Laura Polverelli (mezzo-soprano)
Ford: Massimo Cavaletti (baritone)
Mistress Quickly: Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo-soprano)
Nanetta: Eva Liebau (soprano)
Fenton: Francesco Demuro (tenor)
Dr. Caius: Carlo Bosi (tenor)
Bardolph: Parizio Saudelli (tenor)
Pistol: Biovanni Parodi (bass)
La Scala Orchestra and Chorus
Daniele Gatti, conductor