Giving Shape to Falstaff

Apr 02, 2016 891

Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT). In anticipation of the upcoming performances of "Falstaff" conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti at the Chicago Symphony Opera, the Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to present "Giving Shape to Falstaff," a lecture by Gabriele Dotto.

Giuseppe Verdi's final operatic masterpiece, Falstaff, is a brilliant comedy that astonished the musical world, coming as it did from the imagination of an author whose previous operas were the very embodiment of Romantic drama and tragic action. Yet here was fast-paced, sophisticated and witty score (Toscanini referred to it as "quicksilver") written to an equally brilliant libretto inspired by Shakespeare. And to think that just a few years earlier, Verdi had wanted to retire from the theater another.

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Source: IIC Chicago

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