Verdi: Falstaff (Blu-Ray) – Laurent Pelly

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Verdi: Falstaff (Blu-Ray) – Laurent Pelly

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Artists: Roberto de Candia, Daniela Barcellona, Simone Piazzola, Rebecca Evans, Ruth Iniesta, Joel Prieto, Maite Beaumont, Orchestra & Chorus of Teatro Real
Director: Laurent Pelly
Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Format: NTSC
Language: Italian
Subtitles: French, Spanish, German, English, Japanese, Korean
Dubbed: None
Region: All Regions
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Bel Air Classiques
Blu-Ray Release Date: April 24, 2020
Run Time: 128 minutes

Out of Giuseppe Verdi’s adoration for William Shakespeare, three masterpieces were born: Macbeth, Otello and, as a musical testament, his only comedy Falstaff.

It was high time that French stage director Laurent Pelly, an eminent specialist of the buffa repertoire, tried out his talents on this whimsical music drama: a task he performs with absolute maestria, highlighting with remarkable subtlety the numerous comic devices invented by Verdi and Boito but also pondering on the equivocal morality of the argument.

He is helped in this endeavor by a wonderful team of singers: from the excellent baritone Roberto de Candia to the earthy mezzo soprano Daniela Barcellona as Mrs. Quickly, without forgetting the exceptional Simone Piazzolla as Ford, the wonderfully lyrical Rebecca Evans as Alice, or the candid Ruth Iniesta and Joel Prieto as Nannetta and Fenton, the young couple whose tender romance counterpoint Falstaff’s heroicomic gest. At the head of the Orchestra of the Teatro Real, conductor Daniele Rustioni underlines with unusual clarity and finesse the extraordinary complexity of this “opus ultimum.”



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History

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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