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Verdi: Falstaff (Zurich Opera House) (C Major: 711204) (Amrogio Maestri/ Barbara Frittoli/ Orchester der Oper Zürich/ Daniele Gatti/ Sven-Eric Bechtolf) [Blu-ray] [2011] [2012]

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  • Actors: Amrogio Maestri, Barbara Frittoli, Massimo Cavalletti, Eva Liebau, Orchester der Oper Zürich
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, Italian, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 9 July 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0085AXTYQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

~ Features a great cast: Ambrogio Maestri is one of the finest Falstaff's of our time. The Italian baritone brings a powerful, versatile voice to his role, but also brings his character a hilarious buffo quality. Daniele Gatti, one of the most acclaimed opera conductors working today, leads a stunning cast of singers including Barbara Fritolli as Alice Ford.

~ Genuinely warm italianita in all of the music-making, combined with a boisterous production by stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, turns Verdi's commedia lirica into a fireworks display of high spirits as well as what the Neue Zürcher Zeitung called ''musically and dramaturgically a feast of life and of love of life.''

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great 26 Sep 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
What makes this production very watchable (and of course, buy-able) is the sheer quality of the video and audio. Had this not come out as a BD but as a DVD without the HD quality, I dont think it would have stood a chance next to the Met Opera production with Levine and Paul Plishka, von Karajan's production with Giuseppe Taddei or the one with Bryn Terfel ROH production. My favourite is still the Levine with the Met.

Having said that, I could not find fault with the singing - each and every character in this production has done a remarkably good job of belting out (sic!) their parts very competently. Especially Eva Liebau, who to me, is a find with a beautiful light voice for her role as Nanetta. The other ladies are just too famous and well known and do their job as they are expected to.

The reason why I prefer those I have noted above has more to do with the staging and the costumes of the characters. Ambrogio Maestri, who sings wonderfully and actually looks the part of Falstaff unfortunately also looks too squeaky clean for a Falstaff - not the character either Shakespeare or Verdi had in mind. The sets do not in the least even try to emulate an English look. It looks as though the whole takes place around a Mediterranean or a Spanish setting. To me, these things play spoil-sport and takes away the ambiance on stage in which to me, is almost as important as the rest of the production. If it is only singing that one is interested in, I think a CD will do.

This is however, the best Falstaff available as yet on BD. I would not even care to watch for free the Glyndebourne production of the same in BD for the above reasons magnified X times, however good the singers are.

My summation? If you know the work well, it is worth buying this one for the sheer tech brilliance with which it has been produced. If this is your first Falstaff, avoid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great falstaff. 27 Aug 2012
By Ultrarunner - Published on
This is not done,but I am going to suggest you read my long review on this fine opera on I do not know why does not put Brit reviews on new releases on this site. We have yours. Dont miss this bluray,it is very good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I felt this rather missed the point 13 Sep 2012
By John Chandler - Published on
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have seen many recordings of Falstaff and always feel the key to success is to somehow imply the Elizabethan ENGLISH nature of the story. Verdi made this wonderfully possible in his score despite it all being in Italian and a number of notable singers have brought the meat of the opera to the fore brilliantly, notably Geraint Evans all those years ago! The role of Sir John Falstaff is of course critical.
I compared this with the Glyndebourne recording with Christopher Purves and felt this production was too Teutonic. Falstaff was depicted as a grubby slob, a schmock, which of course he was but he still had those false illusions of being an English Lord. This production gave little or no hint of being English at all and just trundled out the score, well sung but without any English character. Sir John could have been anyone. For me it fell flat. It could just as easily have been set in Zurich, (which it was of course) and it looked like it. I blame the production and the costumes in most part which had little or no English feel at all. I thought the Glyndebourne production was a bit odd too with its military WWII setting but it was aimed in the right direction and could not possibly have been anything but English. This is not an easy opera to get right as it must bring several key elements together. This performance was not right to my mind but it might please others not bothered by Sir John's portrayal as it is well played and recorded. It just lacks that buffo Lordly English touch.
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