Magazine May 23, 2016, Issue

Falstaff in Muti’s Hands

Chicago — For the past many summers, I’ve hosted a public-interview series at the Salzburg Festival. Last summer, one of our guests was Gianandrea Noseda, an Italian conductor. He was conducting Verdi’s opera Il trovatore at the festival. We talked about that opera, of course, and others by Verdi.

Because I thought it would be interesting to Noseda, and to the audience, I made a confession: Though I acknowledged Verdi’s last opera, Falstaff, as a masterpiece — and something unique in the world — I had never been able to warm up to it. Could he help me?

Noseda spoke very interestingly

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