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Donald Macleod focuses on Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff, written with librettist Arrigo Boito and completed in the composer's 80th year.

[Donald Macleod explores Verdi's later life and music when, after years of honing his craft, he unleashed an outpouring of innovative masterworks that would propel opera from the world of the 19th century into the modern age. It wasn't a smooth road, though, and the ageing composer had to be persuaded out of retirement several times as he found himself increasingly at odds with the world around him.]

Donald Macleod looks at Verdi's last opera, the comic masterpiece Falstaff, written with the librettist Arrigo Boito, and completed in the composer's 80th year. Having lived through most of the 19th century, and revitalised Italian opera, Verdi died in 1901, with Boito at his side.

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  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Forza del Destino: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • BBCL 4144-2.
    • 1.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Falstaff [Extract, Act 2 Part 2]

    Singer: Juan Pons. Singer: Daniela Dessì. Singer: Bernadette Manca di Nissa. Singer: Delores Ziegler. Singer: Maureen O'Flynn. Singer: Roberto Frontali. Singer: Paolo Barbacini. Singer: Luigi Roni. Singer: Ramón Vargas. Singer: Ernesto Gavazzi. Conductor: Riccardo Muti. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.
    • Sony Classical: S2K 58961.
    • 1-6.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Falstaff Extract: Act III Part Two to end

    Singer: Juan Pons. Singer: Daniela Dessì. Singer: Bernadette Manca di Nissa. Singer: Delores Ziegler. Singer: Maureen O'Flynn. Singer: Roberto Frontali. Singer: Paolo Barbacini. Singer: Luigi Roni. Singer: Ramón Vargas. Singer: Ernesto Gavazzi. Conductor: Riccardo Muti. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.
    • Sony Classical: S2K 58961.
    • 12.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Pieta, Signor

    Singer: Renata Scotto. Performer: Ivan Davis.
    • Etcetera: KTC 2002.
    • 11.

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