Happy birthday, Giuseppe Verdi!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Pavarotti performed and recorded the following complete works by Verdi:

Work On stage On record
Aida Yes Audio/video
Ballo in Maschera Yes Audio/video
Don Carlo Yes Audio/video
Ernani Yes Audio/video
Lombardi Yes Audio
Luisa Miller Yes Audio
Macbeth No Audio
Otello Yes (in concert only) Audio
Rigoletto Yes Audio/video (also on film)
Traviata Yes Audio
Trovatore Yes Audio/video
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Requiem Yes Audio/video
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.