Original Air Date: 02/26/1949
Reiner; Warren, Resnik, Valdengo, Elmo, Albanese, Di Stefano
This revival (Warren’s first in Italian) is Reiner’s second opera at the Met coming only a few weeks after his debut Salome. Strongest of the supporting players are Elmo and Valdengo, but overall everyone in the cast contributes positively to the ensemble. This performance was reissued in the Met’s Verdi bicentenary box, but has still not appeared in MOoD. To me there are three missing broadcasts of Falstaff that we should hear. Warren and Steber with Beecham in 1944 is also in English, so we are unlikely to ever encounter. Bernstein’s 1964 debut of the Zeffirelli production has not been rebroadcast– it should be. Von Dohnanyi’s 1972 broadcast with Gobbi, Tebaldi, Paskalis, Resnik, and Alva has not yet appeared on Sirius, though I can find no record of it being broadcast on Sirius in the last four years, even though it is marked in the Met Database as rebroadcast on Sirius.

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