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Juan Diego Florez, tenor / Barbara Frittoli, soprano / Ambrogio Maestri, baritone
Teatro alla Scala Chorus, Milan La Scala Orchestra
Ricardo Muti, conductor
Live from the Teatro Verdi, Busseto, 2001
Directed for stage by Ruggero Cappuccio
Subtitles in English, Spanish and Italian
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 16:9 anamorphic
Conducted by Riccardo Muti - Verdi specialist and Musical Director of La Scala Opera House.
The mainly young singers included 31-year-old shooting star Ambrogio Maestri in the title role, exciting young tenor Juan Diego Florez as Fenton and internationally acclaimed Barbara
Frittoli as Alice.
Recording was made at a performance in Busseto, Verdi's birthplace. There, in 2001, a whole series of events marked the 100th anniversary of the composer's death. This Falstaff performance constituted the high point of the anniversary celebrations. Scenery and costumes were recreated from a historical performance of 1913.
State-of-the-art 5.1 surround sound and 16:9 picture
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Works on This Recording
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Juan Diego Flórez (Tenor),
Roberto Frontali (Baritone),
Inva Mula-Tchako (Soprano),
Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone),
Barbara Frittoli (Soprano),
Bernadette Manca di Nissa (Mezzo Soprano),
Anna Caterina Antonacci (Soprano)
Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,
Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus
Written: 1893; Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Two hours of shtick September 12, 2012
By John Plant (Head of Jeddore, NS) See All My Reviews
"Musically, this is a memorable performance; dramatically, it's an unmitigated disaster. The director has utterly dehumanized this great opera, reducing it to horrendously clichéd routines, mechanically executed in time to the music. There's much play with parasols, lots of 'funny' walks, atrociously timed double takes, and the like, more suitable to a third-rate television sitcom than to this immortal work. Any sense that Falstaff has anything to say to us is utterly dissipated. I have rarely felt such painfully excruciating dissonance between the musical excellence of a performance and the hopeless inadequacy of the staging. I must say that Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff, and the very young Juan Diego Florez as Fenton, are vocally as perfect for their roles as could be wished. The 1913 sets are attractive; but Falstaff's costume, and particularly his clownish topknot, make him ridiculous rather than profoundly funny - and deeply human, as he should be. This is one of my very favourite operas, and I am profoundly grieved by the shallow realization on offer here."