A companion piece to te Wagner one, though I doubt it'll get as many contributions.
Still Verdi and his librettists did create some very interesting characters, particularly in his middle to late period operas.
I'd nominate Rigoletto, Violetta, Simon Boccanegra, Fiesco, virtually everyone in...
Recommended (all fine)
Salvatore Acardo et al
Leipziger - technically very accomplished and some of their playing is mesmeric but I miss some of the singing quality of other better contenders.
Italiano - the...
I really like the Met production of Don Carlo with Alagna, Poplavskaya, Furlanetto, Keenlyside, and Halfvarson as the Grand Inquisitor. It is available as a HD production on their streaming platform but not on DVD/Bluray. The production is by Nicholas Hytner.
There is a ROH production on a...
Really detailed interview about Giuseppe Verdi - his life, his operas, but also the myths about him especially about his role in the Italian Risorgimento:
That's what opera's all about, right? Well, not always. But it's what it should be about. I'm thinking of examples in which the music truly embodies the story told in the libretto, and enriches it too. I just wanted to give two of my favorite examples and invite others to give theirs or comment...
I've remastered the gala performance at Covent Garden on June 8, 1926 celebrating Dame Nellie Melba's farewell. Performed by Dame Nellie Melba, Jane Bourguignan, John Brownlee, Aurora Rettore, Frederic Collier and Edouard Cotreuil. The orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden...
I just spent a pleasant evening in a cinema in Reading (UK)watching Aida coming live from the Met. it's the first time I've seen this opera and it is a sumptuous one. Gorgeous sets, costumes & singing . I felt it was a chocolate box of an opera as it is very pretty, with all the sweetness and...
Sonya Yoncheva will be releasing her third solo recital album, The Verdi Album on February 2, 2018. The album was recorded with the Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Massimo Zanetti.
According to a press release...
Verdi's recurrent attraction for Spanish settings culminated in the ambitious five-act libretti by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, based on the "Don Carlos" play by Friedrich Schiller and some incidents borrowed by a contemporary play by Eugène Cormon. (Wikipedia)
A love and political drama...
I need to define a more specific theme for my work (the main theme is "music and politics"). I thought about focusing on Verdi's work.. I don't know yet.. any ideas ?
It could be, like, a short period in time that is politically interesting, a specific historical event that has brought new...
I have been studying this aria for my voice lessons. Even though it is a bit low for my voice, it is a wonderful vocal exercise. There are simply a ton of YouTube recordings of this piece. I find my favorite is (gasp-no great surprise) Cesare Siepi as Fiesco. He has that incredible gravitas...
The TC Top 200 Recommended Operas (2015 version)
Facilitated by Faustian
NOTE: This list was produced in 2015 and is a companion list to the one produced in 2010-2011
1. Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
2. Mozart: Don Giovanni
3. Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
4. Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
What are the great musical blunders of history?
Near the top of the list must be when the people of Busseto were so entranced by the music the young Verdi was writing that they pooled together enough money to send him to Milan to study at the Conservatory. However, the Milan Conservatory...
So I am a self professed Verdi fanatic. I am wishing to not be a completist due to expense and time to listen to it all. That said I don't want to miss anything worthwhile. With my wonderful Don Carlo purchase I have all of the important works, including his Requiem.
I thought I was done once...
Very tempting as it would give me the Don Carlo recording that I'm strongly considering as well as a second Aida, which I know is a great one. Anyone have the Verdi Solti opera box? How do you like it? What are strengths and weaknesses of the set? Sound quality?
It's all subjective of course, but judging by the conversations here, some of our favourite operas don't even make the TC top 100... and some don't even make the list at all. Any neglected works you think should be more widely known? I look forward to reading about some gems to discover.
I hope Itullian doesn't mind his idea being extended.
Your favourite Verdi scene or moment?
Let's try to make a single instance per post rather than lists.
To kick things off....
From Don Carlo
O Don Fatale by Princess Eboli
The great stage-to-herself three part aria with a grand high note...
That's right. It's time for a tribute thread to my favorite soprano of all time. :) Not best, just my personal favorite.
Adorable and perky, she delivered in Mozart and Verdi with aplomb.
Sadly enough, no box set for her exists. Very depressing.
Word is bond.