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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Format: NTSC

Sony Karajan Anniversary Edition - 88697299729

(DVD Video)

$8.75

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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

“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 ***

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

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EuroArts - 2072718

(DVD Video)

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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

AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

“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

Region: all

Summer Opera Sale

C Major TUTTO VERDI - 725304

(Blu-ray)

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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)

$12.25

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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

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

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Arthaus Musik - 101507

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$14.00

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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

(CD - 2 discs)

$12.50

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Giuseppe Valdengo (Falstaff), Antonio Madasi (Fenton), Frank Guarrera (Ford), Gabor Carelli (Dr. Cajus), John Carmen Rossi (Bardolfo), Norman Scott (Pistola), Herva Nelli (Alice Ford), Teresa Stich-Randall (Nannetta), Nan Merriman (Meg Page), Cloe Elmo (Mistress Quickly), Robert Shaw Chorale (chorus)

NBC Symphony Orchestra, Arturo Toscanini

Released or re-released in last 6 months

RCA - G010003678619P

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Tito Gobbi (Falstaff), Rolando Panerai (Ford), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Alice), Fedora Barbieri (Mrs Quickly), Anna Moffo (Nannetta), Nan Merriman (Meg Page), Luigi Alva (Fenton), Nicola Zaccaria (Pistola), Renato Ercolani (Bardolfo), Tomaso Spataro (Dr. Cajus)

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus, Herbert von Karajan

Falstaff, Verdi’s final opera, is a life-affirming comedy with a philosophical streak. Its score – sophisticated, but unfailingly captivating – is interpreted with the utmost subtlety and charm by Herbert von Karajan. With the inimitable Tito Gobbi as the roguish Sir John Falstaff and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf leading the Merry Wives of Windsor, this recording remains unrivalled in capturing the wit and generosity of both Shakespeare and Verdi.

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Warner Classics - The Opera Series - 9029593509

(CD - 2 discs)

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Verdi: Falstaff

Verdi: Falstaff


Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff), Angela Meade (Alice Ford), Franco Vassallo (Ford), Lisette Oropesa (Nannetta), Paolo Fanale (Fenton), Stephanie Blythe (Mistress Quickly), Jennifer Johnson Cano (Meg Page), Keith Jameson (Bardolfo), Christian Van Horn (Pistola)

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine (conductor) & Robert Carsen (director)

Verdi's brilliant final masterpiece Falstaff, in its first new Met production in 50 years -- and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine in his first new production since his return to his podium at the Met.

“When it comes to theatrical flair, captivating costumes, stage antics and imagination, there are not many shows on Broadway to rival the Met’s new Falstaff”.

This visual feast, served up by director Robert Carsen, is a “thoughtful, affecting and hilarious staging that updates the action from the time of Henry IV to England in the 1950s” (New York Times).

James Levine conducts Verdi’s final masterpiece with “affectionate energy” while Ambrogio Maestri, heading a stellar cast, projects “towering bravado and rare baritonal fervour in the title role” (Financial Times).

“The whole thing is a riot from start to finish, led by the irrepressible Ambrogio Maestri - surely the world's leading fat knight...His baritone is rich and resonant, and he invests the role with humour and touching resignation...the sense of ensemble is lively under James Levine's shrewd direction.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

DVD Video

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Format: NTSC

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Decca - 0743891

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