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Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff

Commedia lirica in three acts
by Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Libretto by Arrigo Boito (1842–1918), based on the comedy Sir John Falstaff and the Merry Wives of Windsor and extracts from King Henry IV by William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

Sung in Italian
New production


  • 26 July 1981, 18:00


  • 30 July 1981, 18:00
  • 13 August 1981, 18:00
  • 17 August 1981, 18:00
  • 25 August 1981, 18:00
  • 29 August 1981, 18:00

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Herbert von Karajan, Conductor
Herbert von Karajan, Stage Director
Günther Schneider-Siemssen, Sets
Georges Wakhevitch, Costumes
Heidrun Schwaarz, Ballet arrangement
Walter Hagen-Groll, Chorus Master


Giuseppe Taddei, Sir John Falstaff
Rolando Panerai, Ford
Raina Kabaiwanska, Mrs. Alice Ford
Janet Perry, Christine Barbaux, Nannetta
Christa Ludwig, Mrs. Quickly
Trudeliese Schmidt, Mrs. Meg Page
Francisco Araiza, Fenton
Piero de Palma, Dr. Cajus
Federico Davià, Pistòla
Heinz Zednik, Bardòlfo

Ballet students from the Ballet school of the Salzburger Landestheater
Members of the Wiener Staatsopernballett
Choir of the Vienna State Opera
Vienna Philharmonic