Caruso: Vesti la giubba (1902, 1904, 1907 editions)

Italian tenor Enrico Caruso was the first gramophone star to sell more than a million copies with his 1904 recording of “Vesti la giubba” from the opera “Pagliacci” (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo. Here are his recordings from the 30th of November 1902, the 1st of February 1904, and the 17th of March 1907.

Di quella pira (Verdi): Caruso, Corelli and Pavarotti versions

Three beautiful versions of Giuseppe Verdi’s “Di quella pira“. The first version is sung by Enrico Caruso, the second one is sung by Franco Corelli, and the third one is sung by Luciano Pavarotti. Three of the greatest tenors of the 20th history. Di quella pira is a popular tenor aria (or more specifically cabaletta) sung …

Ah! Mes Amis (La Fille du Régiment): Flórez and Pavarotti versions

The best versions of Ah! Mes Amis from Gaetano Donizetti‘s La Fille du Regiment. Juan Diego Flórez sings in Vienna (2007), and Luciano Pavarotti’s version is from 17 February 1972, at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) is an opéra comique in two acts by Donizetti. It was written …

John Rawnsley sings Largo al factotum (Il Barbiere di Siviglia)

One of the best versions of Gioachino Rossini’s “Largo al factotum” from “The Barber of Seville”. Sung by the British baritone, actor, and opera singer John Rawnsley. “Largo al factotum” (Make way for the factotum) is an aria from The Barber of Seville (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) by Gioachino Rossini, sung at the first entrance …