The Royal Opera House

Verdi: Falstaff CD (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. 

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

Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Running Time: 119:38 mins
Year: 1957