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Luca Salsi as Enrico in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera. | Photo by Cory Weaver/Metropolitan Opera

Luca Salsi, opera’s man of the moment, declares Verdi is ‘in my blood’

In April 2015, Italian baritone Luca Salsi made history by becoming just the third artist to sing two leading roles…

4/21/16 7:59:13 PM --  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Maestro Riccardo Muti Conductor
Verdi's Falstaff
Ambrogio Maestri baritone (Sir John Falstaff)
Eleonora Buratto soprano (Alice Ford)
Luca Salsi baritone (Ford)
Rosa Feola soprano (Nannetta)
Saimir Pirgu tenor (Fenton)
Daniela Barcellona mezzo-soprano (Mistress Quickly)
Laura Polverelli mezzo-soprano (Meg Page)
Anicio Zorzi Giustiniani tenor (Bardolfo)
Luca Dall'Amico bass (Pistola)
Saverio Fiore tenor (Dr. Caius)
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Duain Wolfe chorus director -

© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2016

The merry women and men of Windsor, as viewed on opening night of ‘Falstaff’

The reviews are in, and they’re raves for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus’ concert presentation of Verdi’s Falstaff, conducted…

A depiction of Romeo and Juliet, act 3, scene 5, attributed to Benjamin West (ca. 1778).

Shakespeare at 400: ‘If music be the food of love, play on’

For three weeks in April, Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony are honoring the 400th anniversary of the death of…


Javier Perianes moves out of the shadow of a famous fellow Spaniard

Nobody needs to remind pianist Javier Perianes that Alicia de Larrocha was Spain’s greatest keyboard artist. He hears it all…


At 86, Dohnányi finds there’s still much to explore in the classic rep

Christoph von Dohnányi would seem to have nothing left to prove. After serving as music director of the famed Cleveland…

Donald Runnicles, Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, on stage with the BBC SSO at Glasgow City Halls

Donald Runnicles finds the balance between operatic and symphonic worlds

One particular quality defines the stellar career of Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles: balance. He has long managed to find an…


Alisa Weilerstein lauds ‘Outscape’ for its ‘yearning lyricism and urgent drive’

Alisa Weilerstein is flying high. At 34, the internationally renowned cellist continues to one enjoy success after another. In 2011,…

Till Fellner Pianist 26.8.2015 Wien

Pianist Till Fellner prefers to mix the music of today with works of the past

To get a sense of the inquisitive, focused and artistically ambitious nature of pianist Till Fellner, look no further than…


‘Verdi Makes a Hit’: The 1893 Chicago premiere of Verdi’s ‘Falstaff’

As Music Director Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus prepare for the April 2016 performances of Falstaff, CSO program annotator Phillip Huscher looks back on reactions to the first performances of Verdi’s final opera in Chicago.


Acclaimed ‘Falstaff’ interpreter Ambrogio Maestri calls the role ‘my life’s companion’

Italian baritone Ambrogio Maestri has become synonymous worldwide with the bawdy, rascally and ultimately lovable title character of Falstaff — the last of famed…


‘Romeo’ tenor Paul Groves makes a virtue out of versatility

Some singers are associated with a handful of key operas, but Paul Groves has made a virtue of versatility. Since…