An Introduction to... VERDI Falstaff Timson, David, reader
Opera Explained An Introduction to… VERDI Falstaff Written by Thomson Smillie Narrated by David Timson 1 CD 12-page booklet 8.558158 ISBN: 1-84379-098-X
Verdi’s Falstaff repays careful study with real pleasure. It is opera’s happiest irony that the great Italian master should cap a career – distinguished for its blood-and-thunder tragic masterpieces – with the greatest comic opera in the Italian repertory. The genius of Shakespeare is harnessed (in a miracle of compression) by master-librettist Boito to give the eighty-year-old Verdi a superb libretto, on which he lavished more wonderful tunes than most composers manage in a lifetime. Falstaff is the last great Italian comic opera and a worthy end to the tradition.