Falstaff (1993)

G 01/01/1993 (US) Music 2h 6m
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It is to composer and librettist Arrigo Boito and his constant pestering of the octogenarian Verdi that there remained within him one last great comedy fighting to get out that we owe this absolute miracle of an opera. Produced in 1893 as Verdi turned 80 there is much in this masterpiece that can be identified as a modernist neoclassical work. The use of short motifs instead of long arioso melodic lines, the spry and reduced orchestral textures and the lack of a single 'stand and deliver' dramatic declamatory aria all serve to make this more of a 20th century work than an example of 19th century late-Romanticism.

  1. Franco Zeffirelli


  2. Brian Large


  3. Arrigo Boito


Top Billed Cast

  1. Mirella Freni

    Mirella Freni

    Alice Ford

  2. Barbara Bonney

    Barbara Bonney


  3. Paul Plishka

    Paul Plishka

    Sir John Falstaff

  4. Bruno Pola


  5. Marilyn Horne

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  6. Frank Lopardo

    Frank Lopardo


  7. Piero De Palma

    Dr. Cajus

  8. Anthony Laciura


  9. James Courtney


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Original Language Italian

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