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Sir John Falstaff - Ruggero Raimondi
Mr. Ford - Luca Salsi
Mrs. Alice Ford - Virginia Tola
Nannetta - Sabina Puértolas
Fenton - Tiberio Simu
Mistress Quickly - Cinzia De Mola
Orchestra e Coro de l’Opéra Royal de Wallonie
Opèra Royale de Wallonie, Liége 2009
Conductor Paolo Arrivabeni
Director Stefano Poda
Set, light and costume designer: Stefano Poda
Orchestra and Chorus of OPE?RA ROYAL DE WALLONIE
Chorus master: Marcel Seminara
Video Director: Matteo Ricchetti
Filmed in 16:9 HD
Recorded in March 2009
Duration 170 min.
The paunch, old Sir John Falstaff, lodged with his servants Bardolph and Pistola at the Garter Inn, is planning to conquer two beautiful, wealthy ladies - Alice Ford and Meg Page. To do so he sends them identical love letters. Alice and Meg, outraged but also amused, plan in turn, together with Mistress Quickly and Nannetta (Alice’s daughter, who is in love with the young Fenton), a prank on the impudent knight; one that will stop him once and for all from wanting to play the passionate suitor.
Also Master Ford, who has been informed by Falstaff’s servants of their master’s intentions, prepares his weapons, planning, unknown to the ladies, a prank of his own. In the end Alice reveals the truth to her husband and, after a series of unforeseeable coups de the?a?tre, all get together to play a last, spectacular practical joke on Falstaff.
To interpret the title role, Ruggero Raimondi, an exceptional artist for power and colour of voice, as well as for the energy he infuses into his performances, returns to Lie?ge to inaugurate the Palais Ope?ra.
Works on This Recording
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Tiberius Simu (Tenor),
Sabina Puértolas (Voice),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
Virginia Tola (Soprano),
Luca Salsi (Baritone),
Cinzia De Mola (Mezzo Soprano)
Written: 1893; Italy
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