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AROUND THE FIGURE OF FALSTAFF

Paunchy, exuberant, conniving, insatiable, and yet so endearing: that’s Falstaff! From Shakespeare to Orson Welles, by way of Verdi’s opera, this larger-than-life character has permeated our collective imagination with his shape, his features, and everything he does, from his most revolting acts to his most moving gestures.
On the most prestigious stages around the globe—including those at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, as of 1964–the greatest barytones alive have given body and voice to this Verdian glutton. From “Verdi’s favourite baritone” Victor Maurel, who portrayed the character for the opera’s world premiere, to the memorable Falstaffs of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence—i.e., Wladimiro Ganzarolli, Rolando Panerai, Gabriel Bacquier, José van Dam and Willard White—browse through this album, and discover its many nods to the sixth and seventh arts.

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