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This 1995 performance from the Schwetzinger Festspiele in Germany is proof positive that Salieri's operas can hold their own onstage. Director Michael Hampe stages the farce at a brisk but never breakneck pace, and he and his designers conjure up a plausibly comic world. John de Carlo looks exactly right as the overbearing knight whose eye for the ladies leads to his comeuppance, and he sings with brio. Conductor Arnold Östmann and the Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart play the bright-sounding score with panache. Visually, this Falstaff looks great, and aurally, the stereo mix is quite good. Since this is an opera that's rarely recorded, let alone heard, this disc is a must for fans of 18th-century music. --Kevin Filipski
The basic story of Salieri's Falstaff is the same as Verdi's.
Once or twice that makes it feel as though a singer might not make it (there really is some virtuoso singing going on) but they do and the time flies by.
Good for the company that staged the production, but I wouldn't want to see it again...Are all Salieri's operas like this?
The Verdi Falstaff is well known and certainly the Salieri is a welcome addition to the story. Very well sung and a welcome addition to the Falstaff canon.Published 10 months ago by Richard H. Schimmelpfeng
I disagree with the reviewers who complained about the singing and sound quality...I thought the sound was fine, and the singing quite good. The opera was amusing. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by BillBC
This was one of the most unpleasant experiences in hearing and watching an opera DVD. This looked and sounded as another casualty of experimental German productions, although in... Read morePublished on September 8, 2010 by Anna Shlimovich