Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Have a VERDI Happy Birthday!!!

In honor of, you guessed it, Giussepe Verdi's birthday I am going to give to all of you a few of my personal favorite selections from his many wonderful operas.

First up is Joan Sutherland as Violetta in La Traviata

Then we have the Brindisi from La Traviata featuring Carlo Bergonzi and Joan Sutherland

And here we have the famous "Va, Pensiero" from Nabucco at the Arena di Verona

And even though Edita Gruberova looks "other worldly" Luciano Pavarotti still rocks the socks off of this quartet from Rigoletto

And of course, the "La Donna e Mobile" with the master

"Ah si ben mio-Di quella pira" from Il Trovatore as sung by Carlo Bergonzi (because Pavarotti can't dominate all Verdi roles!! Oh... wait... too late!!!!)

One of my favorite Amelia's (but not looking her best) is Katia Ricciarelli! Here alongside Placido Domingo in "Teco io sto" from Ballo

The glorious Eva Marton singing "Ritorna Vincitor" from Aida

The famous yell during Renata Scotto's Luisa Miller

The "Lacrimosa" from Verdi's Requiem

The finale of Falstaff

"Gia nella notte" from Otello with Renee Fleming and Placido Domingo (of course)

And finally, a little parody from our friend Vera Galupe Borszh

I'm sorry this is so long, Verdi just wrote too many operas!!!!!!

Happy Listening!

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