Falstaff – Verdi

Vladimir Jurowski, Richard Jones – Christopher Purves (Falstaff), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Holloway (Meg Page) – Glyndebourne Festival

Falstaff in Richard Jones' delightful production for the Glyndebourne Festival.

Although it contains elements of tragic heroism, typical of Verdi’s operas, it is comedy that is very much to the fore in Falstaff. No aria di bravura is to be found, as would be the case in Bellini's or Puccini's works. In Falstaff, Verdi uses the music to simply hold the storyline together.

Drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff is a shallow, vain and pitiful character, not a hero. It is the women in the story who are the true heroes. They trick the lustful Fasltaff and Mrs Quickly best expresses the moral of the story: women are cunning as a fox!

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Richard Jones stage director
Ultz set designer
Mimi Jordan Sherin lightings
Linda Dobell

Christopher Purves (Falstaff)
Dina Kuznetsova (Alice Ford)
Tassis Christoyannis (Ford)
Jennifer Holloway (Meg Page)
Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mistress Quickly)
Adriana Kucerová (Nannetta)
Bülent Bezdüz (Fenton)
Peter Hoare (Dr Caius)
Alasdair Elliott (Bardolph)

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski music director
The Glyndebourne Chorus
Thomas Blunt chorus director

Movie director : François Roussillon
Playlists : Viva Verdi!, Literature and Music, The Best of Italian Operas, The Greatest Voices, Shakespeare in Music
Music genre : Voice

Duration : 02 h 07 min
Location : Glyndebourne (Lewes, Great Britain)
Production date : 2009
Production : © ZDF – Glyndebourne Enterprises Ltd – François Roussillon et Associés
Available version(s) : ST FR, ST EN

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