Domingo - The Verdi Opera Collection

Release Date: 1/7/2014
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 88883722792
Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
Number of Discs: 15

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Placido Domingo – The Verdi Opera Collection brings together the world-renowned tenor’s classic RCA and Sony Classical recordings of six complete Verdi operas. The music of Verdi has played a special role in Domingo’s career: he made his operatic debut in Mexico City in 1959 in a minor role in Rigoletto. Two years later, his first major role was Alfredo in La Traviata. Domingo soon established himself as the world’s leading Verdi tenor thanks to a unique combination of warmly radiant tone, charismatic stage presence and impeccable musicianship that have enabled him to master a broader repertoire than any other tenor in history.

Five of the recordings included in The Verdi Opera Collection date from the first two decades of Domingo’s international career, 1969 to 1978. The sixth, a relative rarity in the Verdi canon, Luisa Miller, was recorded in 1991. Four of the six operas are conducted by James Levine, the New York Met’s long-time Music Director, and the other two are conducted by Zubin Mehta and Erich Leinsdorf.

Domingo is joined by one of the most legendary sopranos of all time, Leontyne Price, for Il Trovatore, Aida, and La Forza del Destino. By 2001, Domingo’s repertoire included eighteen of Verdi’s twenty-eight operas, most notably Otello, whose title role is widely regarded as the summit of the Italian tenor repertoire.

Placido Domingo is a legend. One of the finest and most influential singing actors in the history of opera, he is also a conductor and a major force as an opera administrator in his role as general director of two companies: Los Angeles Opera and Washington National Opera. As a singer, Domingo’s repertoire encompasses 134 roles, a number unmatched by any other tenor in history, with more than 3,500 career performances. He has won twelve Grammy Awards, and his recordings and appearances with Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti as The Three Tenors represented one of the most successful musical partnerships of all time.
Works on This Recording
1. Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Bruce Brewer (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Hans Sotin (Bass), Grace Bumbry (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Italy
2. La forza del destino by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Gillian Knight (Mezzo Soprano), Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Michel Sénéchal (Tenor), Malcolm King (Bass), Kurt Moll (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), William Elvin (Baritone), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Gabriel Bacquier (Baritone), Valery Hill (Soprano)
Conductor: James Levine
Period: Romantic
Written: 1862/1869 ; Italy
3. Otello by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Paul Plishka (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Renata Scotto (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone)
Conductor: James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble: National Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1887 ; Italy
4. Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Leontyne Price (Soprano), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Ryland Davies (Tenor), Elisabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor: Zubin Mehta
Period: Romantic
Written: 1853 ; Italy
5. I vespri siciliani by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Placido Domingo (Tenor), Ruggero Raimondi (Bass), Sherrill Milnes (Baritone), Martina Arroyo (Soprano)
Conductor: James Levine
Period: Romantic
Written: 1855 ; Italy
6. Luisa Miller by Giuseppe Verdi
Performer: Paul Plishka (Bass), Placido Domingo (Tenor), Florence Quivar (Mezzo Soprano), Wendy White (Mezzo Soprano), Aprile Millo (Soprano), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Bass), John Bills (Tenor), Vladimir Chernov (Baritone)
Conductor: James Levine
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Italy
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