So Trove Thursday features a primetime Munich performance under Wolfgang Sawallisch featuring Lucia Popp, Kurt Moll, Peter Seiffert and Wolfgang Brendel, along with another German-Shakespeare delight: Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Miah Persson and Golda Schultz. 

Other operatic settings of the adventures of Sir John Falstaff include Verdi’s and Salieri’s Falstaff,  along with Holst’s At the Boar’s Head and Vaughn Williams’s Sir John in Love. 

A previous Trove Thursday post featured New York City Opera’s take on Nicolai in English from 1980 with Carol Vaness as Frau Fluth and William Wildermann as Sir John.

A very different side of Nicolai can be heard in Il Templario with Clémentine Margaine, Juan Diego Florez and Luca Salsi.

Nicolai: Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor

Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
15 October 1983

Frau Fluth: Lucia Popp
Frau Reich: Cornelia Wulkupf
Anna: Julie Kaufmann
Sir John Falstaff: Kurt Moll
Herr Fluth: Wolfgang Brendel
Herr Reich: Karl Helm
Fenton: Peter Seiffert
Junker Spärlich: Claes H. Ahnsjö
Dr. Cajus: John Janssen

Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture and Incidental music

Basilika, Eberbach
28 June 2014

Miah Persson
Golda Schultz

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Paavo Järvi

Lustigen Weiber and Midsummer can be downloaded by clicking on the icon of a cloud with an arrow pointing downward on the audio player above and the resulting mp3 files will appear in your download directory.

In addition, well over 500 other podcast tracks are always available from Apple Podcasts for free, or via any RSS reader. The archive which lists all Trove Thursday offerings in alphabetical order by composer will soon be updated.