Falstaff (Blu-ray) - Salzburg Festival

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Falstaff (Blu-ray)
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Director: Karina Fibich
Florenza Cedolins
Javier Camarena
Ambrogio Maestri
Orchestra: Wiener Philharmoniker
Label: EuroArts
Language: English
Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Japanese, Chinese
Region: B/2
Run time: 120 minutes
Number of discs: 1

This 2013 Salzburg Festival performance of Falstaff – Giuseppe Verdi’s late masterwork and crowning achievement – features conductor Zubin Mehta and the Vienna Philharmonic. 

The staging conceived by Italian director, Damiano Michieletto, moves the action from a fictitious London to that special care home, the Casa Verdi, a place rich in memories of great days past and impressions of a real-time present. 

“Ambrogio Maestri seems a tailor-made Falstaff. His physique is just right for the part, as are his powerful voice, flair for drama and feeling for the Verdi style.” New York Times


Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff

Verdi's final opera, and the third of his stage works to be based on a Shakespeare play, premiered at Milan’s La Scala in 1893, a triumphal success for the almost 80-year-old composer. Baritone Victor Maurel, who sang the title role, reprised his performance in the opera’s U.S. premiere at the Met two years later. In the 2013–14 season, Music Director James Levine conducts a new production directed by Robert Carsen, the first new Met Falstaff since 1964.

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