Verdi: Falstaff

This page lists all recordings of Falstaff, by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) on CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-ray & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Giuseppe Taddei (Falstaff), Rolando Panerai (Ford), Francisco Araiza (Fenton), Piero De Palma (Dr Caius), Heinz Zednik (Bardolfo), Federico Davià (Pistola), Raina Kabaivanska (Alice Ford), Janet Perry (Nannetta), Trudeliese Schmidt (Meg Page), Christa Ludwig (Mistress Quickly)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan

DVD Video

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Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88697299729

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford), Stephanie Houtzeel (Mrs. Meg Page), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Javier Camarena (Fenton), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs. Quickly), Luca Casalin (Dottore Cajus), Gianluca Sorrentino (Bardolfo), Davide Fersini (Pistola)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

This surprising and imaginative staging thought up by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto moves the action of Verdi's late, great masterpiece from a fictitious London to that special care home, the Casa Verdi, a place rich in memories of great days past and impressions of a real-time present. The characters of the comedy appear as shadows of the past and now the drama, increasingly a mixture of dream and reality, can commence.

"Ambrogio Maestri seems a tailor-made Falstaff. A giant of a man in real life, he is the ideal eponymous hero and the most sought after Falstaff singer of his time. His physique is just right for the part, as are his powerful voice, flair for drama and feeling for the Verdi style." New York Times

"Damiano Michieletto is bursting with ideas when it comes to combining illusion and reality." Tagesspiegel

Picture format: NTSC - 16:9

Sound format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Running time: 120 mins

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

German FSK: 0

Worldwide Available

“The singers are all steeped in their roles, but would put their experience to better effect in a more traditional performance. Maestri remains a classic interpreter of the role; he savours his words, but is constricted in his acting, thanks to the non-demands of Damiano Michieletto's direction.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

“Maestri is a familiar Falstaff and performs with customary gusto, but Fiorenza Cedolins sounds a little soupy and scoopy as Alice. Javier Camarena and Eleonora Buratto are charming as Nannetta and Fenton...Kulman's Mrs Quickly is refreshing for not being the battleaxe we often see in the role...There's no shortage of classy playing from the pit.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

DVD Video

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff), Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford), Stephanie Houtzeel (Mrs. Meg Page), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eleonora Buratto (Nannetta), Javier Camarena (Fenton), Elisabeth Kulman (Mrs. Quickly), Luca Casalin (Dottore Cajus), Gianluca Sorrentino (Bardolfo), Davide Fersini (Pistola)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

This surprising and imaginative staging thought up by the Italian director Damiano Michieletto moves the action of Verdi's late, great masterpiece from a fictitious London to that special care home, the Casa Verdi, a place rich in memories of great days past and impressions of a real-time present. The characters of the comedy appear as shadows of the past and now the drama, increasingly a mixture of dream and reality, can commence.

"Ambrogio Maestri seems a tailor-made Falstaff. A giant of a man in real life, he is the ideal eponymous hero and the most sought after Falstaff singer of his time. His physique is just right for the part, as are his powerful voice, flair for drama and feeling for the Verdi style." New York Times

"Damiano Michieletto is bursting with ideas when it comes to combining illusion and reality." Tagesspiegel

Running time: 120 mins

Language: Italian

Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Chinese

German FSK: 0

Worldwide Available

“Maestri is a familiar Falstaff and performs with customary gusto, but Fiorenza Cedolins sounds a little soupy and scoopy as Alice. Javier Camarena and Eleonora Buratto are charming as Nannetta and Fenton...Kulman's Mrs Quickly is refreshing for not being the battleaxe we often see in the role...There's no shortage of classy playing from the pit.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2015

“The singers are all steeped in their roles, but would put their experience to better effect in a more traditional performance. Maestri remains a classic interpreter of the role; he savours his words, but is constricted in his acting, thanks to the non-demands of Damiano Michieletto's direction.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2015 ***

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EuroArts - 2072714

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

Teatro Farnese/Verdi Festival Parma, October 2011


Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Luca Salsi (Ford), Antonio Gandia (Fenton), Svetla Vassileva (Alice Ford), Romina Tomasoni (Mistress Quickly), Daniela Pini (Meg Page), Barbara Bargnesi (Nannetta), Luca Casalin (Dr. Cajus), Patrizio Saudelli (Bardolfo), Mattia Denti (Pistole)

Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Andrea Battistoni

Staged by Stephen Medcalf

C Major approaches the end of its Tutto Verdi project with a production of Verdi’s Falstaff.

The cast includes Ambrogio Maestri – a recent performer at Teatro all a Scala, Metropolitan Opera New York, Opera de Paris, Covent Garden and Vienna State Opera - alongside Svetla Vassileva and Luca Salsi.

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0

RUNNING TIME: TOTAL: 142 MINUTES (OPERA: 131 MINUTES, BONUS: 11 MINUTES)

SUBTITLES: ITALIAN (ORIGINAL LANGUAGE), ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH, SPANISH, CHINESE, KOREAN, JAPANESE BONUS: ENGLISH, ITALIAN

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“Medcalf's Falstaff...makes use of Ambrogio Maestri's Falstaff (terrific diction)...Svetla Vassileva's Alice (as glamorous as she is witty) or Romina Tomasoni's amusingly British Quickly.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

Blu-ray Disc

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C Major TUTTO VERDI - 725304

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

Live Recording from The Teatro Comunale, Florence, 2006


Ruggero Raimondi (Sir John Falstaff), Barbara Frittoli (Mrs. Alice Ford), Laura Polverelli (Mrs. Meg Page), Elena Zilio (Mistress Quickly), Mariola Cantarero (Nannetta), Manuel Lanza (Ford), Daniil Shtoda (Fenton), Carlo Bosi (Dr Cajus), Luigi Roni (Pistola), Gianluca Floris (Bardolfo)

Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & Luca Ronconi (stage director)

The Maggio Musicale in Florence is the oldest and one of the most famous music festivals in Italy. When it’s director, Zubin Mehta, celebrated his 70th birthday, the staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff was part of the festivities. The opera was conducted by Zubin Mehta himself and directed by Luca Ronconi.

Adapted by Arrigo Boito from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor, Falstaff was Verdi’s last opera and one of his few comedies. It was also the third of Verdi’s operas to be based on a Shakespearean play, and like his first adaptation of the English playwright, Macbeth, it concludes with a fugue, the famous “Tutto nel mondo è burla” (“All the world’s a joke”). The successful first performance took place at La Scala in Milan in 1893. While not as immensely popular as the works that immediately preceded it (Aida and Otello) Falstaff’s refinement and melodic invention have made it a long-term favourite with both artists and audience.

Luca Ronconi’s production for the 2006 Maggio Musicale Fiorentino finds ready equivalents for Shakespeare’s Windsor in both the social context and imagery of modern Britain – an enjoyable comedy and a musical feast for home-viewing. The main characters are sung by leading exponents of their respective roles, including Barbara Frittoli as Alice and Ruggero Raimondi as Sir John Falstaff. Raimondi values the part for the way Falstaff takes part in the action both comically and dramatically, and perhaps this is the real strength and beauty of the role.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), GB, DE, FR, ES

Running Time: 128 mins

FSK: 0

“Mehta is vastly experienced and in his seeming Indian summer allows the music to flow and flourish. I guess we might not get many more Falstaffs from Raimondi. If you are a fan you can do a lot worse than this recording by which to remember his interpretation. It can be put alongside more traditional productions” MusicWeb International, 12th July 2013

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Arthaus Musik - 107309

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


José van Dam (Falstaff), Luciana Serra (Alice Ford), Luca Canonici (Fenton), Paolo Coni (Ford), Kim Begley (Dr. Cajus), Pierre Lefèbre (Bardolfo), Mario Luperi (Pistola), Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz (Nannetta), Susan Graham (Meg Page), Marjana Lipovsek (Mistress Quickly)

Rundfunkchor Berlin & Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Georg Solti

The reissue of this recording marks a double celebration – the bicentenary of Verdi’s birth and the centenary of Solti’s. Solti’s second recording of Verdi’s Falstaff returns to the catalogue. Recorded ‘live’ at the Philharmonie in Berlin, it boasts a thoroughly imaginative cast and magnificent recorded sound.

“Wonderful singing, over-intense conducting, and the Berlin Phil sumptuous but too grand. Worth hearing as an oddity.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2013 ****

Australian Eloquence - ELQ4806564

(CD - 2 discs)

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

from Zurich Opera House


Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Barbara Frittoli (Alice Ford), Meg Page (Judith Schmid), Mistress Quickly (Yvonne Naef), Massimo Cavalletti (Ford), Eva Liebau (Nannetta), Javier Camarena (Fenton), Peter Straka (Dr. Cajus), Martin Zysset (Bardolfo), Davide Fersini (Pistola)

Orchester der Oper Zürich & Chor der Oper Zürich, Daniele Gatti

Staged by Sven-Eric Bechtolf

Daniele Gatti, currently Music Director of the Orchestre National de France and Zurich Opera will conduct Verdi’s Falstaff at the Royal Opera House in May with Ambrogio Maestri in the leading rôle.

Features a great cast: Ambrogio Maestri is one of the finest Falstaffs 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.”

Only one more Falstaff Blu-ray available on the market.

Running Time Total: 126 minutes

BD: DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM Stereo

Subtitles Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean

“the conductor starts apparently quite steadily. But this lack of a certain flick and bounce is compensated for by the focus of Daniele Gatti...places on Verdi's radically forward-looking orchestration...The cast, led by a secure Maestri, can boast a lovable Nannetta in Liebau and further clever variations on Quickly's eccentricity from Naef.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2012

“As usual in a good Falstaff, the heroes are the conductor and the protagonist. Daniele Gatti never lets pacing drag, he's alive to every nuance onstage...and the bounciness of his reading is never too heavily or obviously applied...Maestri's voice ideally suits the role - an attractively timbred, well-focused, wide-ranging baritone, with sufficient power and variety of colour. He works the text in detail, frequently risking a genuinely intimate delivery.” International Record Review, October 2012

Blu-ray Disc

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C Major - 711204

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

Historical Studio Production, 1963


Otto Edelmann (Sir John Falstaff), Elisabeth Höngen (Mrs. Quickly), Melitta Muszely (Mrs. Alice Ford), Graziella Sciutti (Nannetta), Hans Günter Grimm (Ford) & Richard Von Vrooman (Fenton)

Wiener Symphoniker, Nello Santi (conductor) & Hellmuth Matiasek (director)

Set Design by Max Bignens

Verdi’s musical comedy Falstaff in a brilliant studio recording from the early years of television.

Otto Edelmann’s comic Falstaff is one of the authoritative interpretations of the role in both musical and dramatic terms. The cast of Hellmuth Matiasek’s production includes Elisabeth Höngen, Melitta Muszely and Graziella Sciutti, and the Viennese Symphony Orchestra is directed by the legendary conductor Nello Santi.

A document of operatic and film history, this restored recording is available for the first time in on DVD.

Sound Format: PCM Mono

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE, IT, GB, FR, ES, JP

Running Time: 118 mins

FSK: 0

“The picture has been scrubbed up to look remarkably clean for its age...Otto Edelmann plays a blessedly unexaggerated Falstaff...Nello Santi conducts the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with an Italianate vigour that is the most Verdian aspect of the performance. As a historical document, this is probably as good as they come.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2010

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Rolando Panerai (Falstaff), Alan Titus (Ford), Frank Lopardo (Fenton), Marilyn Horne (Mistress Quickly), Sharon Sweet (Alice Ford), Julie Kaufmann (Nannetta), Susan Quittmeyer (Meg Page), Ulrich Reß (Bardolfo), Francesco Ellero d'Artegna (Pistola), Piero De Palma (Dr. Cajus)

Symphonieorchester Und Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Sir Colin Davis

Falstaff is Verdi’s last opera and the culmination of a lifetime of operatic achievement; it was his third Shakespeare opera and a project he kept shrouded in great mystery until the work was almost finished. Despite being written when the composer was in his late 70s it is a work of kaleidoscopic variety that sparkles with its rapidity of utterance and lightness of touch and displays a mastery of ensemble writing.

Recorded in 1991

RCA - The Sony Opera House - 88697458012

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff

Sung in German


Hans Reinmar (Falstaff), Maud Cunitz, Rez Fischer & Wilma Lipp

Georg Solti

first release - recorded Cologne Radio 1950

Walhall - WLCD0171

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