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of Verdi's Falstaff in Italian
The DVD version (for United States and Canada) of a 2001 performance of Verdi's Falstaff with Juan Diego Florez as Fenton and Barbara Frittoli as Alice was released on November 18, 2003, and can be ordered from amazon.com. The performance, at the small Teatro Verdi in Busseto, Italy, featured sets and costumes recreated from a performance of 1913.
Verdi - Falstaff / Bacquier, Stilwell, Armstrong, Lindenstrand, Szirmay, Cosotti, Ihloff, Lanigan, Solti, Vienna Philharmonic
Studio film directed by Goetz Friedrich.
Verdi: Falstaff / Bryn Terfel
1982 production at the Salzburg festival with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Vienna Philharmonic. The cast includes Giuseppe Taddei (Sir John Falstaff), Raina Kabaivanska (Alice Ford), Rolando Panerai (Ford), Francisco Araiza (Fenton), and Christa Ludwig (Quickly).
Verdi - Falstaff / Taddei, Carteri, Moffo, Barbieri, Alva, Serafin, RAI (1956)
Black and white
A recent recording of Falstaff that is selling very well starts Bryn Terfel in the title role, with Adrianne Pieczonka, Thomas Hampson, and the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado. Available from amazon.com
The recording of Verdi's Falstaff most acclaimed by the critics stars Tito Gobbi in the title role, with
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Anna Moffo, Luigi Alva, Rolando Panerai, and Fedora Barbieri,
conducted by Herbert von Karajan. Available from amazon.com
Falstaff on EMI
My personal favorite recording of Falstaff stars Geraint Evans in the title role, with Ilva Ligabue, Mirella Freni, Alfredo Kraus, Robert Merrill, and Giulietta Simionato, and the RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Georg Solti. I enjoy hearing a British singer in the role of Falstaff, and the rest of the cast is outstanding.
Opera d'Oro has issued a recording of Falstaff with the following cast:
Falstaff in English