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David Shengold
Opera News, February 2014

…Michael Hampe’s production…proves highly enjoyable. Hampe has a great asset in John Del Carlo, a natural for this version of the gluttonous knight and…in fine vocal fettle. American soprano Teresa Ringholz[’s]…Alice Ford offers high spirits and very fine singing. Ford has Salieri’s best music, its emotional depth and technical makeup clearly modeled on that of Così’s Ferrando; Richard Croft sings with outstanding beauty and artistry. As the Slenders, Delores Ziegler…and Jake Gardner also give amusing, attractive performances…Darla Brooks makes a fluid, energetic Betty, and Carlos Feller’s grumpy Bardolph is a well-inflected gem. Arnold Östman maintains good ensemble, and his orchestral forces supply lovely solo and obbligato lines when needed. © 2014 Opera News Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, November 2013

Michael Hampe is…a model of taste and discretion in his direction in the basic but satisfactory sets (by Carlo Tommasi), never stepping outside the bounds of the scenario envisioned by the composer but bringing plenty of nice touches to its realisation.

The casting has not a single weak link…John del Carlo is a magnificent fat knight, brimming with self-confidence and showing a real sense of danger as well as fatuousness. As the merry wives, Teresa Ringholz and Delores Ziegler make a stunning pair of conspirators, striking plenty of sparks off each other and their husbands. Richard Croft displays plenty of bravura as Ford…Jake Gardner is equally good as Slender—here taking over the role of Page…The character of Betty combines elements of Nanetta and Mistress Quickly, and is given a lively performance by Darla Brooks. Carlos Feller is a nicely curmudgeonly Bardolfo.

The music comes through with real strength, even the influences of Mozart fully absorbed into the whole and packing a superb punch. The recorded sound…has plenty of body and the continuo is imaginatively realised…

…there are no other DVDs of Salieri’s Falstaff currently available; and this recording and performance give the score as good a performance as you are likely to hear in any medium, and in a thoroughly acceptable production. The score is very nearly as good as Mozart, too, well worth investigation.  © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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