Verdi vs Wagner part4:
Verdi 200. Wagner 200.
Now we are going to make a tribute to one of the greatest Baritone-basses of our time, in both Wagnerian and Verdinian repertoire, James Morris!
James Morris is one of the greatest singers and – probably – in my opinion – the greatest Wotan of history of the Opera, and in, a second place and third place, Bryn Terfel and René Pape.
James Morris has a wide repertoire and he is one of the greatest singers in both Wagner and Verdi.
James Morris performed the role of Wotan in Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” in 1990 at the MET under James Levine. I got extremely impressed with his performance as Wotan and as many opera critics say, “the definitive Wotan of the present day”.
Bryn Terfel is also very good as Wotan and maybe he is the only one who is coming close to James Morris’s Wotan.
James Morris, was born to perform “Wotan”.
Back to James Morris, he has shined in both Wagner and Verdi’s operatic roles, as I already said, as Wotan in the Ring Cycle, Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, the title role in Wagner’s ‘Der fliegende Holländer’, King Philip in Verdi’s Don Carlo, Iago in Verdi’s “Otello”, Fiesco in Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” and Ramfis in Verdi’s Aida.