VERDI Falstaff / Terfel, Pieczonka, Abbado 4711942

Terfel in his element . . . Bryn delivers comedy and a cock-sure confidence.

Bryn Terfel justifies his reputation in a wondrous performance of the title-role.

. . . [Terfel] is a massive Falstaff . . . [a] scintillating reading [by Claudio Abbado] . . . Terfel plays nasty like few others (witness his Scarpia) and there is a hard edge to the comedy. Larissa Diadkova's Mistress Quickly fits the mood perfectly and the Nanetta and Fenton of Dorothea Röschmann and Daniil Shtoda add yet more character to the proceedings.