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Verdi: Falstaff / Van Dam, Aix-en-provence Festival 1987

Verdi / Boito / Bruson
Release Date: 08/31/2004 
Label:  Kultur Video   Catalog #: 2035  
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José van DamLívia BudaiBarbara MadraWilliam Stone
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie OrchestraBrussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Falstaff was Verdi's last opera and the climax of his career. Completed in 1893, when the composer was almost eighty, it is also the culmination of Italian comic opera. Librettist Arrigo Boito took the subtance of the piece from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, but the central character, who embroils himself in numerous plots and dupes of love and marriage until eventually the Merry Wives get their revenge on him, is much closer to the Falstaff of Henry IV. The jokes are at the expense not of a buffoon, but of a whole man, boisterous and roguish but with an underlying streak of melancholy. In this Theatre Royal del la Monnaie de Bruxelles production, recorded during the 1987 Aix-en-Provence Festival, the title role is sung by Read more bass-baritone Jose Van Dam, a genuine actor as well as a consummate singer, as the role demands.

NTSC, Region 1.
Sung in Italian, with subtitles available in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese.
Full Screen 4:3, Dolby Digital Stereo.
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Works on This Recording

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  José van Dam (Bass Baritone), Lívia Budai (Alto), Barbara Madra (Soprano),
William Stone (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sylvain Cambreling
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Orchestra,  Brussels Théâtre de la Monnaie Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Italy 

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