Meistersingers Overture. Simply perfect not just as an overture but the way it leads into the first scene in the church.
There is no piece that encapsulates Verdi's musical palate more than the Vespri Overture.Great, another Vespri fan. I fail to understand why other people don't fully appreciate the typical Verdian tunefulness of this piece. The libretto may be somewhat rambling and the end anticlimatice, but the music is superb.