Notes and Editorial Reviews
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.
Susanna Branchini; Renzo Zulian; Marco Di Felice; Tiziana Carraro; Paolo Battaglia; Paolo Rumetz
Coro del Teatro Sociale di Rovigo
Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta “G.F. Malipiero”/Lukas Karytinos
Pier Francesco Maestrini, director and costume designer
NTSC All Region
Sound: LPCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio: 16/9
Duration: 181 mins.
Subtitled in Italian, English, German, French & Spanish
La Forza del Destino was one of Verdi's more tormented operas in the making, and its first version is quite different from the one we are used to hearing today. In its definitive version, with the changes to Act three, Act four and the finale, it was first performed at Teatro alla Scala on 7th February 1869, and was well received both by audiences and critics. A few people expressed doubts about the mixture of the plot's tragic elements and some characters' comic traits; Verdi always defended this choice, which was almost Shakespearean but had no tradition in Italy. La Forza del Destino is, indeed, an experimental creation, by a composer who was already mature but still looking for new incentives and challenges. The composer's choral writing is quite extraordinary; far from being conceived as a monolithic bloc, the chorus is treated in a variegated and complex way. Throughout the first half of the 1900s La Forza del Destino was one of the more neglected of Verdi's operas, but from the 1950s it entered the repertoire, and became a land of conquest for all the best lyrical singers of the post war period. Lucas Karitynos conducts the Orchestra Filarmonica Veneta and Susanna Branchini (Leonora), Marco Zulian (Don Alvaro) and Marco Di Felice (Don Carlos) in the main roles.
Works on This Recording
La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Paolo Rumetz (Bass),
Paolo Battaglia (Bass),
Tiziana Carraro (Soprano),
Susanna Branchini (Soprano),
Marco Di Felice (Baritone),
Renzo Zulian (Tenor)
Rovigo Teatro Sociale Chorus,
Venice Philharmonic Orchestra "G.F. Malipiero"
Written: 1862/1869; Italy
Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi
Luca Salsi (Baritone),
Virginia Tola (Soprano),
Ruggero Raimondi (Bass),
Sabina Puértolas (Voice),
Tiberius Simu (Tenor),
Cinzia De Mola (Mezzo Soprano)
Wallonie Royal Opera Orchestra
Written: 1893; Italy
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