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Giving Shape to Falstaff



Giving Shape to Falstaff

a lecture by Gabriele Dotto

Giving Shape to Falstaff

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. The back-story of how Falstaff came to be, of the collaboration between the great composer and his ingenious librettist Arrigo Boito, and of the crafty diplomacy and expert project-management of his publisher Giulio Ricordi, make for a tale every bit as fascinating as the plot of the opera itself.

Gabriele Dotto, born in Milan, studied music in the USA and Italy and taught at the Conservatory of Milan, later focusing on a four-decade career in music and book publishing and as an independent scholar. At G. Ricordi & C of Milan (Verdi’s principal publisher), he was in charge of classical music repertory, ultimately become director of publishing. At the University of Chicago Press, he was the first managing editor of the Works of Giuseppe Verdi critical edition and started UCP’s catalog of books on music. He has published widely on 19th and 20th century Italian opera, has curated opera-themed exhibits in Milan, Berlin and Brussels, is co-General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Gaetano Donizetti and General Editor of the critical edition of the Operas of Giacomo Puccini. Editions of operas Dotto has prepared or supervised have been performed at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan, the theaters of Venice, Bologna, Rome, Zurich, Barcelona and many more, and recorded by numerous labels. From 1992-2001 he was also the director of the Archivio Storico Ricordi, from 2004-2006 the Administrative Director of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani (Parma), and is currently the scholarly consultant for the Archivio Storico Ricordi of Milan. For the Works of Giuseppe Verdi series, he will prepare the critical edition of Falstaff.



Date: Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Entrance : Free