Happy Birthday, Verdi!

Today is the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth, and lots of celebrations around the web and on stage.  One of the best is likely to be the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Requiem conducted by Muti, a great Verdian.

Streaming live at 7:30 Central and up for a year after that.  http://cso.org/res/VerdiRequiem/

And here are some gems from YouTube, Verdi in three moods, and pieces that have meant a lot to me over the years, representative of his dark, but honest sensibility and extraordinary musical power:

Caballé’s “O patria mia” from Aïda.

Price’s “Pace, Pace” from Forza

and Domingo and Milnes in the Don Carlo duet:

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Verdi, 1813-1901, & as long as people listen to opera.

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