When Carlo Maria Giulini returned to conducting public performances of opera after an absence of fourteen years, he chose for the occasion one of the enduring comic masterpieces - Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff. The composer was almost eighty when he broke the six-year silence following the premiere of Otello, and startled the musical world by revealing his complete mastery of comic invention.
Renato Bruson, the renowned interpreter of Verdi and one of the leading lyric baritones of the day, sings the title role. Katia Ricciarelli leads the trio of merry wives with Lucia Valentini-Terrani as Mistress Quickly and Brenda Boozer as Meg Page. Leo Nucci sings the role of Ford and the young lovers are portrayed by Dalmacio Gonzalez and Barbara Hendricks.
Stunning designs by Hayden Griffen and Michael Stennett provide the perfect setting for this witty interpretation of Shakespeare's masterpiece.
Renato BrusonWilliam WildermannFrancis EgertonGeorge MacphersonJohn DobsonBrenda BoozerKatia RicciarelliBarbara HendricksLucia Valentini-TerraniLeo NucciDalmacio Gonzalez
Composer: Giuseppe VerdiLibretto: Arrigo Botto
The Royal Opera ChorusOrchestra of the Royal Opera HouseConductor: Carlo Maria Giulini
Directed for video by: Brian LargeProducer: Ronald EyreSet Designer: Hayden GriffinCostume Designer: Michael StennetExecutive Producer: Gerald Sinstadt
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