Giuseppe Verdi, De Nationale Opera

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Falstaff was Verdi’s last opera as well as his first ever comedy. In collabo-ration with librettist Arrigo Boito the old master succeeded in giving Shakespeare’s burlesque creation, the big and boastful knight from The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV great human depth. To convey the story of the corrupt old lech who once more goes out a courting, Verdi composed music which is alive with youthful freshness yet at the same time betrays extraordinary maturity and compositional mastery. The production which is staged by the Dutch National Opera was a great success at London’s Covent Garden and at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Baritone Ambrogio Maestri stars in the lead role.


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No one better understood the meaning of life, better expressed it than Verdi. He was the man amongst men and dared to be just that.

Arrigo Boito


Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Arrigo Boito
musical direction
Daniele Gatti
Robert Carsen
set design
Paul Steinberg
costume design
Brigitte Reiffenstuel
lichting design
Robert Carsen, Peter van Praet
Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff)
Fabio Capitanucci (Ford)
Paolo Fanale (Fenton)
Carlo Bosi (Dottore Cajus)
Patrizio Saudelli (Bardolfo)
Christian Van Horn (Pistola)
Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford)
Maria Grazia Schiavo (Nannetta)
Daniela Barcellona (Mrs. Quickly)
Maite Beaumont (Mrs. Meg Page)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Choir Dutch National Opera
chorus master
Bruno Casoni
Dutch National Opera
Dutch National Opera, ROH Covent Garden London, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Metropolitan Opera New York, Canadian Opera Company Toronto

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