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Verdi - Falstaff (Blu-ray) | Dynamic 57951

Verdi - Falstaff (Blu-ray)

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Label: Dynamic

Cat No: 57951

Barcode: 8007144579517

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 8th July 2022

Contents

Artists

Nicola Alaimo (baritone)
Simone Piazzola (baritone)
Matthew Swensen (tenor)
Christian Collia (tenor)
Antonio Gares (tenor)
Gianluca Buratto (bass)
Ailyn Perez (soprano)
Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)
Sara Mingardo (alto)
Caterina Piva (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

Works

Verdi, Giuseppe

Falstaff

Artists

Nicola Alaimo (baritone)
Simone Piazzola (baritone)
Matthew Swensen (tenor)
Christian Collia (tenor)
Antonio Gares (tenor)
Gianluca Buratto (bass)
Ailyn Perez (soprano)
Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)
Sara Mingardo (alto)
Caterina Piva (mezzo-soprano)
Orchestra e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Conductor

John Eliot Gardiner

About

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.

‘The new edition of Verdi’s Falstaff, staged the other night at the Teatro del Maggio, received an enthusiastic welcome and was followed by an endless line of applause that even prompted John Eliot Gardiner to repeat the final fugue... the proof of the protagonist Nicola Alaimo was formidable, an ideal Falstaff for the liveliness of the scenic game as well as for the variety of phrasing and the richness of expressive nuances but overall the rest of the company was well chosen...’ – La Nazione

‘Fun and applause for a “Falstaff” that Verdi would have liked. Verdi would have been satisfied: at the Falstaff on stage at the Teatro del Maggio, the new staging by director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, the audience not only pays joyful applause, but also has fun. First of all thanks to Nicola Alaimo, who is a formidable Falstaff, capable of holding the scene from the very last with lively and natural identification with the character, and of singing it with a well-sculpted voice and ductility of accents... But fundamental in this Falstaff is the conduction of John Eliot Gardiner, well followed by the Orchestra and the Choir of the Maggio...’ – Corriere Fiorentino

‘…Falstaff declamations were magnificently delivered by the baritone Nicola Alaimo: in the first act, the clarinets, bassoons, horns and trumpets joined with him in saluting his splendid belly…’
– The New York Times

Cast:
- Sir John Falstaff: Nicola Alaimo (baritone)
- Ford: Simone Piazzola (baritone)
- Fenton: Matthew Swensen (tenor)
- Dr Cajus: Christian Collia (tenor)
- Bardolfo: Antonio Garés (tenor)
- Pistola: Gianluca Buratto (bass)
- Mrs Alice Ford: Ailyn Pérez (soprano)
- Nannetta: Francesca Boncompagni (soprano)
- Mrs Quickly: Sara Mingardo (alto)
- Mrs Meg Page: Caterina Piva (mezzo-soprano)

Director: Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Set designer: Julian Crouch
Light designer: Alex Brok
Costume designer: Kevin Pollard
Video designer: Josh Higgason
Video director: Tiziano Mancini

Recording place: Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence
Recording date: 21 November 2021
Sung in Italian

Video format / Aspect ratio: 16:9 1080/60
Audio format: PCM STEREO 2.0 / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 – All regions
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Notes: Italian, English
Duration: 143 min. approx.

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