Verdi 200. Wagner 200.
Now we are going to remember the greatest Baritones of both Verdi and Wagner’s operas!
From the Greek βαρύτονος (barýtonos), meaning deep-heavy-sounding, the voice of a Baritone (along with the Bass) are my all time favorite voice type of the opera.
The turn goes to the Verdi Baritones!
Let’s start with Leo Nucci!
Leo Nucci is one of the greatest Italian baritones of history of opera.
And in my opinion, he is the greatest “Rigoletto” of all time.
Leo Nucci has sung the role of Rigoletto alone more than 400 times.
I remember when I saw Leo Nucci for the first time, it was in Verdi’s “Un Ballo di Maschera”, at the MET with Luciano Pavarotti and his performance as “Renato” was excellent and I became a Leo Nucci fan since then.
I later saw him in many other different Verdi operas like “La Forza del Destino”, “Il Trovatore”, “Nabucco”, “Macbeth”, “La Traviata”, “Ernani”, “Simon Boccanegra”, “Aida”, “Luisa Miller”, “I Vespri Siciliani”, “Don Carlo”, “I due Foscari”, “Otello” and of course, “Rigoletto”.
His “Nabucco” is extraordinary!
And we also admire him in “Macbeth”.