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Work: Merry Wives of Windsor, The (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor)

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ComposerNicolai, Otto (1810-1849)
PeriodRomantic
Year1849
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Barenboim conducts Otto Nicolai's Falstaff opera with a warmth and affection that is sorely lacking on stage. 
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Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Otto Nicolai’s very German take on Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor was a big hit in the mid-19th century but has been infrequently performed since then, largely because Verdi’s version, Falstaff, completely eclipsed it.