Falstaff | DVD

DVD Falstaff Verdi


(2003 by Rai Trade)

(Giuseppe Verdi)
Teatro Verdi, Busseto 2001

Barbara Frittolli
Ambrogio Maestri
Juan Diego Florez
Anna Caterina Antonacci
Roberto Frontali

Orchestra & Coro del Teatro alla Scala
Riccardo Muti, conductor

Directed for stage by Ruggero Cappuccio
Duration: 125′
Subtitles in English, Spanish and Italian
Sound Formats: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Picture Format: 16:9 anamorphic

  • The present recording was made at a performance in Busseto, Verdi’s birthplace, in the Emilia Romagna region. There, in 2001, a whole series of events marked the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. The small, 328-seat Teatro Verdi, built in Verdi’s lifetime, provided the ensemble of La Scala, Milan, under its principal conductor Riccardo Muti, with a particularly captivating backdrop, and the mainly young singers — including 31-year-old shooting star Ambrogio Maestri in the title role, exciting young tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Fenton and internationally acclaimed Barbara Frittoli as Alice — gave superb performances. The special appeal of this production lies, however, not only in the excellent quality of the music; there is also the fact that the scenery and costumes were recreated from a historical performance of 1913. Back then, Arturo Toscanini had performed the work in the same location to mark Verdi’s 100th birthday. The orchestra at that performance was similarly reduced in forces, which means that this performance follows an altogether highly regarded tradition. What is more, this “chamber opera” version complies with the composer’s wish for the work to be staged in Sant’Agata (just a few miles from Busseto), and the intimacy of the theatre in Busseto certainly does correspond to the personal character of the work. The lively and witty direction of the young Italian Ruggero Cappuccio combines the historical backdrop with the vitality of modern direction.

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