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To celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, Sony Classical is releasing a joint tribute to the best-loved of all Italian opera composers and to one of the most remarkable and instantly recognisable tenor voices of our age: Plácido Domingo – The Verdi Opera Collection brings together the great Spanish tenor’s classic RCA and Sony Classical recordings of six complete Verdi operas on 15 CDs. The five RCA recordings included in Plácido Domingo – The Verdi Opera Collection all date from the first two decades of Domingo’s international career (1969–1978), when his gloriously burnished tone gleamed brightest; a relative rarity in the Verdi canon, the early Luisa Miller appears in a Sony Classical recording dating from 1991. Four of the six operas are conducted by James Levine, the New York Met’s long-time Music Director; the other two conductors are Zubin Mehta (Il trovatore) and Erich Leinsdorf (Aida). In three of the six operas (Il trovatore, Aida, La forza del destino) Domingo is partnered by one of the most sumptuous-voiced sopranos of our time, the Met’s then leading lady, Leontyne Price, while in those and two other titles (Otello, I vespri siciliani) Domingo’s baritone rival/nemesis is the always thrillingly virile Sherrill Milnes. Other notable singers, all stars of their day, include the sopranos Renata Scotto and Martina Arroyo, mezzos Fiorenza Cossotto and Grace Bumbry, and bass Ruggero Raimondi. The six operas included in Plácido Domingo – The Verdi Opera Collection are: Il trovatore (recorded 1969); Aida (1970); I vespri siciliani (1973); La forza del destino (1976); Otello (1978); and Luisa Miller. 
Luisa Miller
recorded in 1991
Plácido Domingo (Rodolfo), Aprile Millo (Luisa), Vladimir Chernov (Miller), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Walter), Florence Quivar (Federica), Paul Plishka (Wurm), Wendy White (Laura), John Bills (Contadino)
Orchestra and Chorus of the Metropolitan Opera, James Levine

Il Trovatore
recorded in 1969
Plácido Domingo (Manrico), Fiorenza Cossotto (Azucena), Leontyne Price (Leonora), Sherrill Milnes (Conte di Luna), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Ferrando), Elizabeth Bainbridge (Ines), Ryland Davies (Ruiz), Stanley Riley (Un vecchio zingaro), Neilson Taylor (Un messo)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, Zubin Mehta

I Vespri Siciliani
recorded in 1973
Sherrill Milnes (Guido di Montforte), Plácido Domingo (Arrigo), Martina Arroyo (Elena), Terence Sharpe (Il Sire di Bethume), Ruggero Raimondi (Giovanni da Procida), Richard Van Allan (Il Conte Vaudemont), Maria Ewing (Ninetta), Leo Goeke (Danieli), Kenneth Collins (Tebaldo), James Morris (Roberto), Alan Byers (Manfredo)
New Philharmonia Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, James Levine

La forza del destino
recorded in 1976
Leontyne Price (Leonora), Placido Domingo (Don Alvaro), Sherrill Milnes (Don Carlo), Fiorenza Cossotto (Preziosilla), Bonaldo Giaiotti (Padre Guardiano), Gabriel Bacquier (Fra Melitone), Gillian Knight (Curra), Michel Sénéchal (Mastro Trabuco), William Elvin (Un Chirurgo), Malcolm King (Un Alcalde)
London Symphony Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, James Levine

recorded in 1970
Leontyne Price (Aida), Plácido Domingo (Radamès), Grace Bumbry (Amneris), Sherrill Milnes (Amonasro), Ruggero Raimondi (Ramphis), Hans Sotin (Il Re di Egitto), Joyce Mathis (Una Sacerdotessa), Bruce Brewer (Un Messaggero)
London Symphony Orchestra, John Alldis Choir, Erich Leinsdorf

recorded in 1978
Plácido Domingo (Otello), Renata Scotto (Desdemona), Sherrill Milnes (Iago), Frank Little (Cassio), Paul Crook (Rodrigo), Paul Plishka (Lodovico), Malcolm King (Montano/Un Araldo), Jean Kraft (Emilia)
National Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Singers, James Levine

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