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Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi

At more than eighty years of age, Verdi had sworn that he would never be asked to do it again, but he greedily dives back into the composition of a final opera buffa with the most youthful spirit.

The hilarious misadventures of the old knight Sir John Falstaff, erotomaniac, windbag and boastful, wishing to seduce two rich Windsor damsels, will serve as a framework for an exemplary libretto, both concise and sparkling, by Arrigo Boito, after Shakespeare. Verdi only had to graft a music with dazzling verve, handling with naturalness both the quasi-spoken song and the lyrical flights of fancy on a most voluble orchestral accompaniment. The pathos of these ten characters with strong characters rubs shoulders with our liberating laughter, until the masterly final fugue (in C major!) on the words “everything in the world is a farce”, symbol of this strikingly tonic masterpiece. Let’s hold our breath, the duo Michael Schønwandt and David Hermann is at work, it promises us exciting moments of musical theater.

Livretto by Arrigo Boito

Genre: Opera in 3 Atcs
Duration: 139′
Format: HD
Languages : Italian with French subtitles