Giuseppe Verdi


Orchestra e Coro del maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Lorenzo Fratini, Nicola Alaimo, Simone Piazzola, Matthew Swensen, Christian Collia, Antonio Garés, Gianluca Buratto, Ailyn Pérez, Francesca Boncompagni, Sara Mingardo, Caterina Piva, Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Sir John Eliot Gardiner


Falstaff was composed to a libretto fashioned by Arrigo Boito largely from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. Superficially the work is an opera buffa in its depiction of the travails of the penniless knight, Sir John Falstaff, but goes beyond the operatic tradition of the time. The vocal line is integrated into the orchestral texture, and with self-quotations and parodic elements, the opera is saturated with as much irony as comedy, forming the fitting culmination of Verdi’s entire operatic life. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts this acclaimed staging of Verdi’s final masterpiece.