Pavarotti sings Un ballo in maschera in Arena di Verona

I love YouTube! I check YouTube regularly for new Pavarotti stuff and today is one of these days. The earlier post about Pavarotti at The Met contains mostly freshly published YouTube videos.

The YouTube video in this post is no exception. Pavarotti is heard (yes, audio only) in the aria “Ma se m’ è forza perderti … Si rivederti Amelia” from the Verdi opera Un ballo in maschera. This is a live recording from Arena di Verona (Arena Verona) in Verona, Italy in 1972.

The performance on 11 August 1972 is issued on CD on “The Golden Age of Opera” (no longer available), an Italian unofficial label, but might be obtained elsewhere. I guess that the YouTube clip is from that performance.

This is Pavarotti in his prime in an opera he recorded and performed many times in his career. Wonderful! I especially like the last part when Pavarotti sings:

Sì, rivederti, Amelia,

E nella tua beltà,

Anche una volta l’anima

D’amor mi brillerà!

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