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Verdi: Opera Highlights / Bergonzi, Caballé, Carreras, Cossotto, Domingo, Freni, Gobbi, Kraus, Milnes, Price et al.

Album Summary

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff
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Notes & Reviews:

2013 will herald the start of Giuseppe Verdi's bicentennial year. To celebrate the occasion, EMI Classics presents the ultimate Verdi opera collection, Verdi: Opera Highlights. The 2-CD set feature highlights from 11 Verdi operas.

Pieces from the same opera are grouped together in this set, beginning with the famous drinking song from La traviata: 'Libiamo', followed by other popular favorites from La traviata, Rigoletto and II trovatore. Also included are the swaggering "La donna e mobile' and the powerful Anvil Chorus. The first CD concludes with extracts from two earlier operas: Nabucco, from which comes the poignant Chorus of Hebrew Slaves, and Macbeth, which provides one of Verdi's most impressive soprano scenes in which the scheming Lady Macbeth calls on the powers of evil to assist her in murdering Kin Duncan. The second CD opens with well-know arias and choruses from Verdi's later operas including Un balo in mashera, La forza del destino, Don Carlo and Aida. The collection ends with extracts from Verdi's final two operas both Shakespearian settings: the powerful drama Otello and the sunny comedy Falstaff.



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>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Act 1. Libiamo ne'lieti calici
  • Performers: Renata Scotto; Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Act 1. E strano!... Ah, fors'è lui... Follie! Follie!... Sempre libera
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 11 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Traviata :: Act 3. Parigi, o cara
  • Performers: Alfredo Kraus; Renata Scotto
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 1. Gualtier Maldè!... Caro nome
  • Performers: Dennis O'Neill; John Rawnsley (Baritone); Malcolm King (Bass); Beverly Sills
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 6 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 2. Cortigiani, vil razza dannata
  • Performer: Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. La donna è mobile
  • Performer: Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Act 3. Un dì, si ben rammentomi... Bella figlia dell'amore
  • Performers: Sherrill Milnes; Mignon Dunn (Mezzo Soprano); Beverly Sills; Alfredo Kraus
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 5 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 2. Vedi! le fosche notturne
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 2. Il balen del suo sorriso
  • Performer: Piero Cappuccilli (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 3. Ah sì, ben mio
  • Performer: Franco Bonisolli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 3. Di quella pira
  • Performers: Horst Nitsche (Tenor); Franco Bonisolli (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 4. D'amor sull'ali rosee
  • Performer: Leontyne Price (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Il Trovatore :: Act 4. Ai nostri monti
  • Performers: Franco Bonisolli (Tenor); Elena Obraztsova (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Act 3. Va, pensiero, sull'ali dorate
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 1. Nel dì della vittoria... Vieni! t'affretta!
  • Performer: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 1. Al cader della sera... Or tutti sorgete
  • Performers: Leslie Fyson (Baritone); Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Act 4. O figli miei!... Ah, la paterna mano
  • Performer: José Carreras (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera :: Act 1. Di' tu se fedele
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un Ballo in maschera :: Act 2. Ecco l'orrido campo... Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa
  • Performer: Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del destino :: Act 3. La vita è inferno... O tu che in seno agli angeli
  • Performer: Carlo Bergonzi (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del destino :: Act 3. Rataplan, rataplan della gloria
  • Performer: Bianca Casoni (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La Forza del destino :: Act 4. Pace, pace mio Dio!
  • Performer: Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 5 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Act 2. Dio, che nell'alma infondere
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Simon Estes; Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Act 4. Ah! piú non vedrò la Regina!... O don fatale
  • Performer: Shirley Verrett
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Don Carlo :: Act 4. O Carlo, ascolta... lo morrò, ma lieto in core
  • Performer: Sherrill Milnes
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Notes: Composition written: 1884.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 1. Se quel guerrier io fossi!... Celeste
  • Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 1. Ritorna vincitor!
  • Performer: Montserrat Caballé
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Act 4. O terra, addio
  • Performers: Placido Domingo (Tenor); Montserrat Caballé; Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 2. Era la notte, Cassio dormia... Sì, pel ciel marmoreo giuro!
  • Performers: Peter Glossop (Baritone); Jon Vickers (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Otello :: Act 4. Ave Maria
  • Performer: Mirella Freni
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1887

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Act 1. L'onore! Ladri!... Io stesso, sì, io, io
  • Performer: Tito Gobbi (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Falstaff :: Act 1. Del tuo barbero diagnostico
  • Performers: Rolando Panerai (Baritone); Nan Merriman (Mezzo Soprano); Tomaso Spataro (Tenor); Nicola Zaccaria (Bass); Luigi Alva; Fedora Barbieri (Mezzo Soprano); Renato Ercolani (Tenor); Anna Moffo; Elisabeth Schwarzkopf
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893