A beautiful flashmob: the members of Opera Națională Română Cluj-Napoca (Romanian National Opera Cluj-Napoca) in the co-production of the Hungarian Opera of Cluj enter a shopping mall, and sing publicly “Di Quella Pira”, a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung by Manrico in Act 3, Scene 2 of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera in four acts, “Il Trovatore”. Soloist: Héctor López Mandoza, the Mexican tenor. The chorus then performs Anvil Chorus, the English term for the Coro di zingari (Italian Gypsy chorus), a piece of music from Act 2, Scene 1 of Giuseppe Verdi’s Il trovatore (The Troubador, 1853) which depicts Spanish Gypsies striking their anvils at dawn -hence its English name- and singing the praises of hard work, good wine, and their Gypsy women.
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American opera singer and soprano Renée Fleming and the legendary Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo perform Love Duet from Act I of Otello, a 1887 opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi to an Italian libretto by the Italian poet, journalist, novelist, librettist and composer Arrigo Boito (24 February 1842 – 10 June 1918), based on William Shakespeare’s play Othello (believed to have been written in 1603). The video below is from a 1995 Metropolitan Opera production.
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Australian dramatic coloratura soprano Joan Sutherland, American mezzo-soprano Isola Jones, the legendary Italian operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti and the Italian operatic baritone Leo Nucci perform “Bella figlia dell’amore” (English: Beautiful daughter of love), a vocal quartet from act 3 (No. 18) of Rigoletto, a 1851 opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. The Italian libretto of the opera was written by Francesco Maria Piave (18 May 1810 – 5 March 1876), the Italian opera librettist, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo.
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Conducted by the British-Italian conductor and pianist Sir Antonio “Tony” Pappano, Orchestra and Chorus of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Roma perform selected works of the famous Italian composer of operas, Giuseppe Verdi (9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901). Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London on July 20, 2013 (during the BBC Proms). Soloist: Maria Agresta, the Italian soprano.
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A gala concert by the legendary Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti at the Royal Albert Hall, London in 1982. Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Kurt Herbert Adler.
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American tenor and Hollywood star with Italian origin, Mario Lanza sings Celeste Aida, a romanza from the first act of the opera Aida, by Giuseppe Verdi. From The Great Caruso, the 1951 biographical film made by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and starring Mario Lanza as Enrico Caruso.
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Perhaps the best-known triumphal march: from the the second act of Giuseppe Verdi’s 1871 grand opera, Aida (sometimes spelled Aïda). This great opera was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House (which was built on the orders of the Khedive Ismail to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal) on 24 December 1871; Giovanni Bottesini conducted after Verdi himself withdrew.
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Maria Callas sings “Tu che le vanita conoscesti del mondo” (You have known the vanities of this world) from Don Carlo, a five-act grand opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi. Live in Hamburg, 1959.
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One of the finest orchestras in the world, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s (the Wiener Philharmoniker) New Year Concert in 2013. Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst.
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A great and dramatic presentation of Herbert von Karajan conducting La Scala Orchestra and Chorus of Milan with Luciano Pavarotti, Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossotto and Nicolai Ghiaurov at an amazing version of Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem. This 1967 filmed performance is a treasure of classical music.
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