Falstaff discography

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This is a discography of Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, Falstaff . It was first performed at La Scala, Milan, on 9 February 1893.

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

<i>Falstaff</i> (opera) opera by Giuseppe Verdi

Falstaff is a comic opera in three acts by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. The libretto was adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor and scenes from Henry IV, parts 1 and 2. The work premiered on 9 February 1893 at La Scala, Milan.

La Scala Opera house in Milan, Italy

La Scala is an opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala. The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta.



(Falstaff, Ford, Fenton,
Alice Ford, Nannetta
Mistress Quickly)
Opera house and orchestra
Label [1]
1932 Giacomo Rimini
Emilio Ghirardini
Roberto D'Alessio
Pia Tassinari
Ines Alfani-Tellini
Aurora Buades
Lorenzo Molajoli
Teatro alla Scala orchestra & chorus
CD: Naxos Records
Cat: 8110198-99
1950 Giuseppe Valdengo
Frank Guarrera
Antonio Madasi
Herva Nelli
Teresa Stich-Randall
Cloe Elmo
Arturo Toscanini
NBC Symphony Orchestra
Robert Shaw Chorale
(recorded at Carnegie Hall) [2]
Cat: B00004R8ME
1957 Tito Gobbi
Rolando Panerai
Luigi Alva
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
Anna Moffo
Fedora Barbieri
Herbert von Karajan
Philharmonia Orchestra
Philharmonia Chorus
CD: EMI Classics
Cat: CDM 5 67083 2
1963 Geraint Evans
Robert Merrill
Alfredo Kraus
Ilva Ligabue
Mirella Freni
Giulietta Simionato
Georg Solti
Teatro dell'Opera di Roma orchestra & chorus [3]
CD: Decca
Cat: B000787WWE
1966 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Rolando Panerai
Juan Oncina
Ilva Ligabue
Graziella Sciutti
Regina Resnik
Leonard Bernstein
Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: CBS Masterworks
Cat: 01-042535-10
1976 Donald Gramm
Benjamin Luxon
Max-René Cosotti
Kay Griffel
Elizabeth Gale
Nucci Condò
Sir John Pritchard
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Glyndebourne chorus
(recorded at Glyndebourne Festival)
DVD/VHS: Arthaus Musik
Cat: 101 083
1980 Giuseppe Taddei
Rolando Panerai
Francisco Araiza
Raina Kabaivanska
Janet Perry
Christa Ludwig
Herbert von Karajan
Vienna Philharmonic
Vienna State Opera chorus
CD: Philips
Cat: B00000E2SL
1982 Renato Bruson
Leo Nucci
Dalmacio Gonzalez
Katia Ricciarelli
Barbara Hendricks
Lucia Valentini Terrani
Carlo Maria Giulini
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Los Angeles Master chorale
CD: Deutsche Grammophon
Cat: B000001G4L
1991 Rolando Panerai
Alan Titus
Frank Lopardo
Sharon Sweet
Julie Kaufmann
Marilyn Horne
Colin Davis
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & chorus
CD: RCA Victor
Cat: 09026 60705-2
1996 Domenico Trimarchi
Roberto Servile
Maurizio Comencini
Julia Faulkner
Dilber Yunus
Anna Maria di Micco
Will Humburg
Hungarian State Opera orchestra & chorus
CD: Naxos
Cat: 8660050–1
1998 Jean-Philippe Lafont
Anthony Michaels-Moore
Antonello Palombi
Hillevi Martinpelto
Rebecca Evans
Sara Mingardo
Sir John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique
Monteverdi Choir
CD: Phillips
Cat: 462 603-2
2001 Andrew Shore
Ashley Holland
Barry Banks
Yvonne Kenny
Susan Gritton
Rebecca de Pont Davies
Paul Daniel
English National Opera orchestra & chorus
(sung in English)
CD: Chandos
Cat:Chandos 3079
Bryn Terfel
Thomas Hampson
Danil Shtoda
Adrianne Pieczonka
Dorothea Röschmann
Larissa Diadkova
Claudio Abbado
Berlin Philharmonic
Berliner Rundfunkchor
Cat: 289 471 194-2
2004Michele Pertusi
Carlos Álvarez
Bülent Bezdüz
Ana Ibarra
Maria Josè Moreno
Jane Henschel
Colin Davis
London Symphony Orchestra
London Symphony Chorus
CD: LSO Live
2009 Christopher Purves
Tassis Christoyannis
Bülent Bezdüz
Dina Kuznetsova
Adriana Kučerová
Marie-Nicole Lemieux
Vladimir Jurowski
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Glyndebourne chorus
(recorded at Glyndebourne Festival)
DVD: Opus Arte
Cat: OA 1021 D

The "Operadis" discography lists more than seventy other recordings, made at live performances. They include those conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham at the Metropolitan Opera in 1944 with Leonard Warren in the title role; [4] Fritz Reiner with Warren at the Met (1948); [5] Victor de Sabata with Mariano Stabile at La Scala (1951); [6] Karajan and Gobbi at the Salzburg Festival (1957); [7] Tullio Serafin with Gobbi at the Chicago Lyric Opera (1958); [8] Lorin Maazel and Walter Berry at the Vienna State Opera (1983); [9] James Levine and Paul Plishka at the Met (1992); [10] Riccardo Muti and Juan Pons at La Scala (1993); [11] Solti and José van Dam in Berlin (1993); [12] and Zubin Mehta and Ruggero Raimondi at the Teatro Comunale, Florence (2006). [13]

Thomas Beecham British conductor and impresario

Sir Thomas Beecham, 2nd Baronet, CH was an English conductor and impresario best known for his association with the London Philharmonic and the Royal Philharmonic orchestras. He was also closely associated with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras. From the early 20th century until his death, Beecham was a major influence on the musical life of Britain and, according to the BBC, was Britain's first international conductor.

Leonard Warren Operatic baritone

Leonard Warren was an American opera singer. A baritone, he was a leading artist for many years with the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Fritz Reiner Orchestra conductor

Frederick Martin "Fritz" Reiner was a prominent conductor of opera and symphonic music in the twentieth century. Hungarian born and trained, he emigrated to the United States in 1922, where he rose to prominence as a conductor with several orchestras. He reached the pinnacle of his career while music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the 1950s and early 1960s.

In October 1978 Solti conducted the soundtrack for Götz Friedrich's 1979 film of Falstaff. The recording, made by Decca in the Sofiensaal. Vienna, with the Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus, the Vienna State Opera Chorus, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, featured Gabriel Bacquier as Falstaff, Richard Stilwell as Ford, Max-René Cosotti as Fenton, Karan Armstrong as Alice Ford, Jutta-Renate Ihloff as Nanetta and Márta Szirmay as Mistress Quickly. [3]

Götz Friedrich German theatre director

Götz Friedrich was a German opera and theatre director.

Sofiensaal building

The Sofiensaal is a concert hall and recording venue located in Vienna, Austria. It is situated on Marxergasse, in the city's third district of Landstraße. The building burned down on 16 August 2001, but it was rebuilt and opened once again in December 2013.

Deutsche Oper Berlin opera house

The Deutsche Oper Berlin is an opera company located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, Germany. The resident building is the country's second largest opera house and also home to the Berlin State Ballet.

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  1. Recordings (1932 to 2001) on operadis-opera-discographyorguk
  2. Hepokoski, p. 176
  3. 1 2 Stuart, Philip. Decca Classical, 1929–2009, retrieved 28 May 2015
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  5. "Conductor: Fritz Reiner", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  6. "Conductor: Victor de Sabata", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  7. "Conductor: Herbert von Karajan", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  8. "Conductor: Tullio Serafin", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  9. "Conductor: Lorin Maazel", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  10. "Conductor: James Levine", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  11. "Conductor: Riccardo Muti", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  12. "Conductor: Georg Solti", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015
  13. "Conductor: Zubin Mehta", Operadis, retrieved 28 May 2015


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