Verdi: Six Complete Operas
Verdi: 'Aida'; 'Un ballo in maschera'; 'Don Carlos'; 'Falstaff'; 'Macbeth', 'Simon Boccanegra' Deutsche Grammophon (14 CDs)
With 2013 comes the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth. Here are six of his finest operas all conducted by a master of the Italian composer and the genre, Claudio Abbado, with finesse, insight and drama. Orchestras include that of La Scala Milan and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Singers involved are Domingo, Gruberova, Nucci, Terfel, Hampson, Freni and Carreras. Each recording is a top recommendation for the opera in question and they are here handsomely presented, the annotation including a full synopsis for each work.