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    Meastro Verdi was born this day exactly 200 years ago. Here in the opera section we can't let this pass without paying respect to his music. Please share your thoughts on Verdi opera's, name your favourite, anything related.

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    Simon Boccanegra, Otello and La Forza del Destino are my top Verdi favorites. The first complete opera I ever heard was an LP of Il Trovatore - a cheap re-edition of a 1930 public domain recording with Aureliano Pertile, Apolo Granforte and Maria Carena.
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    Happy Birthday Giuseppe.
    my favs are Rigoletto, Trovatore, Falstaff, Un Giorno de Regno, MacBeth, Don Carlos
    Thank you for everything.
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    I've never heard a Verdi opera I didn't like. The plots may occasionally be far-fetched (Alzira for one), but the music is so beautiful that one tends to forget any inconsistencies in the story. Il Trovatore is one of my favorites (along with Rigoletto, Don Carlo, and La Forza del Destino.

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    Happy Birthday! I listened to the first few chords of Simon Boccanegra & I was smitten. It has remained my favourite opera ever since.

    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revenant View Post
    Simon Boccanegra, Otello and La Forza del Destino are my top Verdi favorites. The first complete opera I ever heard was an LP of Il Trovatore - a cheap re-edition of a 1930 public domain recording with Aureliano Pertile, Apolo Granforte and Maria Carena.
    Pertile--there's a name to conjure with as long as you don't mind a lot of strife.
    I have him in a complete "Aida" 1928 with Dusolina Giannini, Irene Minghini-Cattaneo, Giovanni Inghilleri and the forces of La Scala cond: Carlo Sabajno.
    This is the real Italian way with opera,it has been so diluted now.
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    The first opera I ever bought was Rigoletto on two LPs. It cost premium price of £4 which was big money for a schoolboy at the time! It was the version by Solti with Merrill and Moffo and Krauss - hard driven but exciting. I nearly wore it out! I now have it on CDs - Solti nearly drives it into the ground but the exciting bits are VERY exciting. Moffo and Merrill are very touching in the duets.
    So happy birthday, Mr Joe Green!

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    As most of you know, I have a great love for Wagner. However, Verdi also wrote operas.
    Doch dieses Wörtlein: und, -wär' es zerstört,
    wie anders als mit Isoldes eignem Leben wär' Tristan der Tod gegeben?

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