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Opera Treasury - Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani / Domingo, Et Al


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63492   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero RaimondiPlacido DomingoSherrill MilnesMartina Arroyo
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis ChoirNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Giuseppe Verdi was commissioned by the Paris Opera to write a grand opera for the Great Exhibition of 1855. The opera's subject was to be the Sicilian Vespers, the infamous massacre of the French by Sicilians in 1282 Palermo. Verdi's librettist for the work was Eugène Scribe and difficulties arose at once. Verdi, who favored lean realistic drama, was handcuffed by the French grand opera formula with its five act form, lavish choruses and ballet. The work with its original French title, 'Les Vêpres siciliennes' premiered to great acclaim but Verdi was never pleased with it. Eventually it was translated into Italian and this is the version that has survived.
This recording is of the five act Italian version and makes a strong case for the
Read more neglected work. The opera is filled with stunning arias and some of the finest tenor and baritone duets ever written by Verdi. Of course it helps when the cast is comprised of some of the finest singers at the peak of their form. Martina Arroyo, Placido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi all sing with gusto and keen dramatic sense. A real bonus is Verdi's colorful ballet music which is usually cut in performances. Read less

Works on This Recording

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I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer:  Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone),
Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  John Alldis Choir,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 

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