Photo: Placido Domingo
Verdi may “not be the best” of the opera composers, but he was the one who best “reaches people’s hearts,” Spanish singer Placido Domingo said.
The Spanish tenor is using the first album he has recorded as a baritone to honor Verdi on the bicentennial of the Italian composer’s birth.
“Verdi experienced so much pain, so many blows of fate - all of which he put into his operas, and especially into the baritone parts. Singing this, you feel as if you are living through it all yourself. Suffering in public on the stage. Not always an easy process,” Domingo said in a statement released by Sony Masterworks.
The Spanish singer’s new album, “Verdi,” includes arias from “Macbeth,” “Rigoletto,” “Un Ballo in Maschera,” “La Traviata,” “Simon Boccanegra,” “Ernani,” “Il Trovatore,” “Don Carlo” and “La Forza del Destino.”
The music of Verdi, who was born in Busseto, Italy, in 1813, was inspired by his “difficult life,” Domingo said.
The singer first performed as a baritone in 2009 at the Royal Opera House in London.
Domingo is accompanied on his new album by Spain’s Orquesta de la Comunidad Valenciana conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado.