Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Captured, October 7, 2014

Verdi's Falstaff - about to open at the COC directed by Robert Carsen and starring the magnificent Gerald Finley - finishes with a flourish. You can find dozens of versions of the great aria, Tutto nel mondo é burla, on YouTube but you probably won't find any that are faster than this 2013 version from Korea National Opera. Normally the piece clocks in at 3m20 or even 3m40. This one races in at 2m50. Considering the lyrics are tongue-twisters (you try and say "burlone" fast three times) - it is more than amazing that the chorus keeps up. As the lyrics say, Everything in the world is a joke!

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