A Perfect Falstaff
GIUSEPPE PENNISI visits
the Vienna State Opera
Just a few weeks ago, I reviewed the two 'comic' operas by Verdi: Zeffirelli's production of Falstaff in Rome and Pizzi's production of Un Giorno di Regno in Parma. The Falstaff, although updated by Zeffirelli several times (the Rome staging was the ninth update), is nearly fifty years old, and it shows its age. Un Giorno di Regno was thirteen years old, but in revising and updating it, Pizzi achieved marvels in creating a good show on the basis of a modest libretto and a mediocre score.
In Vienna for a series of concerts, your reviewer took the opportunity to see Falstaff in Marco Arturo Marelli's production at the Staatsoper. The Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera) is a repertory opera house where good productions are revived for several years, even decades...
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