Saturday June 30 2012 at 18.00 UK time on BBC radio 3
Recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden earlier this year
Falstaff is an operatic commedia lirica in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s plays The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV and was Verdi’s last opera.
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In the words of the BBC:
Sir John Falstaff is fat and greedy, lecherous and ridiculous. And short of cash. He tries to kill two birds with one stone when he pursues two wealthy women, setting in motion a train of events which inevitably lead to his comeuppance. Verdi’s late, great Shakespeare-based opera is a comic tour de force, overflowing with energy and a seemingly infinite succession of musical ideas. Robert Carsen’s new production for Covent Garden, updates the action to 1950s Windsor and features an ensemble cast lead by one of the great Falstaffs of our day, Ambrogio Maestri.
Presented by Ivan Hewett in conversation with Alexandra Wilson.
Falstaff…..Ambrogio Maestri (Baritone)
Mrs Alice Ford…..Ana Maria Martinez (Soprano)
Nannetta…..Amanda Forsythe (Soprano)
Mrs Meg Page…..Kai Ruutel (Mezzo-Soprano)
Mistress Quickly…..Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Contralto)
Fenton…..Joel Prieto (Tenor)
Ford…..Dalibor Jenis (Baritone)
Dr Caius…..Carlo Bosi (Tenor)
Bardolph…..Alasdair Elliott (Tenor)
Pistol…..Lukas Jakobski (Bass)
Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conductor, Daniele Gatti.
Falstaff in rehearsal with photo gallery
Fabulous photos from Catherine Ashmore
Review from The Guardian
Video of curtain calls at ROH