Ulterior motive for starting this poll: I admired the "galley operas" (Rigoletto, Il Trovatore and La Traviata) in my teenaged years. Later, I added Aϊda to my list of beloved works. Recently, though, I have not been as enthusiastic about these compositions. Perhaps it's a case of the performances I've been auditioning, though I actually don't suspect this is the case. I used to consider Verdi neck-and-neck with Wagner for all time opera output. Now, I'm not even sure I'd rank him ahead of Mozart, or Puccini.
So, let's resuscitate the grand Italian master by reminding me what you like about your favorite Verdi opera. Please vote here.