The great Italian opera composer Giuseppe Verdi celebrates his birthday today! Verdi was born on 10 October 1813 and died on 27 January 1901.
Pavarotti performed on stage and recorded many of Verdi operas as well as the great Verdi Requiem. Many of the operas as well as the Requiem were part of Pavarotti’s core repertoire on stage for years, but some operas Pavarotti sang less often or never on stage.
Many famous Verdi arias were essential in most of Pavarotti’s concerts. These same Verdi arias are of course essential to any Pavarotti compilation album. Several Pavarotti compilations albums with only Verdi arias are available on Decca CD, download and streaming.
All of Pavarotti’s official recordings of Verdi’s operas and the Requiem are easily available on CD, download and streaming, or on DVD. A large number of unofficial Verdi recordings from various live performances with Pavarotti are also available on CD and DVD.
|Work||On stage||On record|
|Ballo in Maschera||Yes||Audio/video|
|Otello||Yes (in concert only)||Audio|
|Rigoletto||Yes||Audio/video (also on film)|
|Inno delle Nazioni||No||Audio|
One of the most popular Verdi arias Pavarotti sang in concert was “La donna è mobile“ from the opera Rigoletto. Pavarotti sings this aria in the video below which is taken from a 1987 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi! 🙂
This post was first published 10-10-2014. Last revision 10-10-2014.