Verdi: Falstaff / Gatti, Frittoli, Liebau, Cavalletti, Maestri [blu-ray]

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“Everything in this world is a joke,” says Falstaff, and these words are truly given weight by Ambrogio Maestri, one of the finest Falstaffs of our time. The Italian baritone brings a powerful, versatile voice to his role, but also brings to his character a hilarious buffo quality. Daniele Gatti, one of the most acclaimed opera conductors working today, leads a stunning cast of singers, including Barbara Frittoli as Alice Ford. Genuinely warm italianità in all of the music-making, combined with a boisterous production by stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, turns Verdi’s commedia lirica into a fireworks display of high spirits as well as what the Neue Zürcher Zeitung called “musically and dramaturgically a feast of life and of love of life”.

Giuseppe Verdi FALSTAFF

Sir John Falstaff – Ambrogio Maestri
Mrs Alice Ford – Barbara Frittoli
Ford – Massimo Cavalletti
Nannetta – Eva Liebau
Fenton – Javier Camarena
Mrs Quickly – Yvonne Naef
Dr Cajus – Patrizio Saudelli
Mrs Meg Page – Judith Schmid
Bardolfo – Martin Zysset
Robin – Domenic Gloor
Pistola – Davide Fersini

Zurich Opera House Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Ernst Raffelsberger)
Daniele Gatti, conductor

Sven-Eric Bechtolf, stage director
Rolf Glittenberg, set designer
Marianne Glittenberg, costume designer
Jürgen Hoffmann, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Zurich Opera House, 2011

Picture format: 1080i High Definition
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 127 mins
No. of Discs: 1

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: 711204

  • UPC: 814337011123

  • Label: C Major

  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi

  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Zurich Opera House Chorus, Zurich Opera House Orchestra

  • Performer: Ambrogio Maestri, Barbara Frittoli, Domenic Gloor, Eva Liebau, Javier Camarena, Judith Schmid, Massimo Cavalletti, Patrizio Saudelli, Yvonne Naef