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opera Herbert von Karajan conducts Verdi's Falstaff Günther Schneider-Siemssen (set designer), Herbert von Karajan (conductor) – With Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza...

Günther Schneider-Siemssen (set designer), Herbert von Karajan (conductor) – With Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza...

Herbert von Karajan conducts Verdi's Falstaff Günther Schneider-Siemssen (set designer), Herbert von Karajan (conductor) – With Giuseppe Taddei, Rolando Panerai, Francisco Araiza...

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“The whole world is a jest, man was born a great jester…” So goes the brilliant conclusion to Verdi’s Falstaff, an opera inspired by Shakespeare’s beloved comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor. The virtuosic score requires a particularly talented cast, not to mention a truly exceptional conductor. Herbert von Karajan perfectly fits the bill, and this performance featuring the Wiener Philharmoniker and an all-star group of singers is clearly worthy of Verdi’s powerful work, a masterpiece whose comic facade thinly veils the complex and sometimes even tragic characters’ struggles.

Associated event

Cast

  • Günther Schneider-Siemssen | Set designer
  • Georges Wakhévitch | Costumes
  • Giuseppe Taddei | Sir John Falstaff
  • Rolando Panerai | Ford
  • Francisco Araiza | Fenton
  • Piero de Palma | Dr. Cajus
  • Heinz Zednik | Bardolfo
  • Federico Davia | Pistola
  • Raina Kabaivanska | Mrs. Alice Ford
  • Janet Perry | Nannetta
  • Trudeliese Schmidt | Mrs. Meg Page
  • Christa Ludwig | Mrs. Quickly
  • Peter Busse | Host
  • Alexander Schneider | Robin

Program

  • Giuseppe Verdi, Falstaff

Details

  • Directed by:
  • Venue: Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg, Austria)
  • Production date: 1982
  • Recording date: 1982
  • Duration: 2 h 14 min
  • Production: © Telemondial
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