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The Italian master enriched a long tradition of opera and still has the world singing.
by Dan Davis

In November, 1839, audiences at Milan's La Scala opera house warmly greeted a new opera, Oberto, that marked the debut of 26-year-old Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). Verdi went on to write 27 more operas, at least a dozen of which are still central to today's repertory. His unprecedented popularity during his lifetime extends to the present--not a day passes without a Verdi opera being performed somewhere in the world.

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Verdi: Rigoletto / Bonynge, Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Richard Bonynge
Performer: Ricardo Cassinelli, Josephte Clˇment, et al.
Ensemble: Ambrosian Opera Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra
Uni/London Classics - #14269 / July 7, 1987

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This Rigoletto has been around for so long it might be easy to take it for granted or skip it for a newer set. Don't! It features all three principals in superb voice, as well as pacing from Maestro Bonynge that is much heavier on drama than most of us expect from him. Sutherland may sound a bit mature (and mush-mouthed) for Gilda, but not only is she sympathetic, she sings gorgeously. And speaking of gorgeous, those familiar only with the Pavarotti of the last 10 years would be wise to hear him...Read more


Verdi: Aida / Muti, Caballé, Domingo, Cossotto, Ghiaurov [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED]
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Performer: Montserrat Caballé, Piero Cappuccilli, et al.
Ensemble: New Philharmonia Orchestra
Emd/Emi Classics - #56246 / September 16, 1997

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Behind the pyramids and the elephants, the long lines of prisoners of war and of slaves carrying booty, the choral shouts of "Glory to Egypt," and the splendid brass sounding the Triumphal March, Aida is the story of a love triangle: Aida, an Ethiopian princess who has become a slave in Egypt; Amneris, an Egyptian princess; and Radamès, the Egyptian general they both love (Aida secretly). There are ironies and conflicts: How can she love a man who is the enemy of her country but who says he has...Read more


Verdi: La Traviata / Kleiber, Cotrubas, Domingo, Milnes
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Carlos Kleiber
Performer: Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo, et al.
Ensemble: Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #15132 / July 7, 1987

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A puccinian La Traviata
It seems everyone has an opinion on Cotrubas as Violetta, so I will give mine. I heard her sing the role back in 1986 at the Vienna State Opera, and she was a small scale, vulnerable Violetta. I have always felt that Puccini' s women are pathetic, while Verdi's are "heroic". Her Violetta seem doomed from the very beginning, it was obvious this Violetta was a loser. She carried the 3 difficult voices of the role with aplomb, but somehow she didn't seem to live the role inside-out. Her...Read more


Verdi: Otello / Chung, Domingo, Studer, Leiferkus, et al

Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung
Performer: Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Placido Domingo, et al.
Ensemble: Bastille Opera Chorus, Bastille Opera Orchestra, et al.
Uni/Deutsche Grammophon - #39805 / October 11, 1994

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This is Placido Domingo's third recording of Otello and arguably his best. Besides benefiting from years of study and restudy, the older, rougher, darker Domingo voice is better suited to the role than his prettier, younger self. Also, the title character's rage always seemed a bit forced in previous recordings; not so here. His colleagues aren't always at peak level of inspiration but they're consistently excellent. Sergei Leiferkus's metallic, Russian sound is ideal for Iago: besides...Read more


Great Recordings Of The Century - Falstaff / Karajan, Gobbi, Schwarzkopf, Moffo
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan
Performer: Tito Gobbi, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, et al.
Ensemble: Philharmonia Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
Emd/Emi Classics - #67162 / September 21, 1999

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This Karajan Falstaff has much to recommend it: Fedora Barbieri's Mistress Quickly is a force of nature, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, only slightly affected, is a liquid, appealing Alice Ford, and Luigi Alva and the young Anna Moffo are ideal as the young lovers, Fenton and Nanetta. But the star--as it should be--is Tito Gobbi in the title role. As is usual with this great singing actor, his characterization comes from within--his is a Falstaff born to be deflated, arrogant and self-deluding on a...Read more


Verdi: Requiem & Choruses / Shaw, Atlanta SO & Chorus
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor: Robert Shaw
Performer: Diane Curry, Susan Dunn, et al.
Ensemble: Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Telarc - #80152 / October 15, 1987

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Robert Shaw learned from Arturo Toscanini, and in his stupendous 1987 recording for Telarc he managed to surpass the master on some points. He is unerring in his pacing and staging of climaxes, and draws phrasing and dynamics from the chorus that other conductors can only dream of. Points are made with exhilarating effect throughout the account: never has the bass drum in the Dies irae been as splendidly hammered as here, and the whooping brass in the Tuba mirum is breathtaking. The all-American...Read more


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