“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”.

Additional Info

  • No: 711108
  • Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
  • Conductor: Daniele Gatti
  • Orchestra: Orchester der Oper Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich
  • Artists: Ambrogio Maestri, Barbara Frittoli, Massimo Cavalletti, Eva Liebau, Orchester der Oper Zürich, Chor der Oper Zürich
  • Production year: 2012-06
  • Run time: 02:06:00

Disc Infos

  • Subtitles: I, E, G, F, Sp, Kor, Chin
  • Booklet: E, G, F
  • No. of Discs: 1
  • Run time: 126 minutes
  • Disc Format: DVD9
  • Picture: NTSC
  • Audio: PCM Stereo, PCM 5.1
  • Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
  • Price Code: CME21
  • Item No.: 711108
  • UPC No.: 814337011116
  • Release Date: June 2012
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