Verdi vs Wagner part 8:
Verdi 200. Wagner 200.
Not it’s the turn to talk about one of the greatest American baritones of the Verdinian repertoire, Sherrill Milnes!
From 1965 until 1997, Sherrill Milnes was associated with the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Sherrill Milnes was one of the world’s prominent Verdi baritones of the 1970s and 1980s.
He has been a prolific recording artist, often in partnership with Plácido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.
When I first saw Sherrill Milnes as Count di Luna in Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” at the MET and I got very impressed with him! I started to follow his operatic career.
When Sherrill Milnes was young, he played piano, violin, viola, double bass, clarinet, and tuba.
Some interesting trivia: In September 1996 Sherrill Milnes was honored by the French government with the distinguished Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
He made his final performance at the Met on March 22, 1997 in Aida. In 1998, Milnes published a memoir, American Aria.
We all admired Sherrill Milnes in many, different Verdi operas like:
La Forza del Destino
Un ballo in Maschera
Two great, fantastic baritones of the opera, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Sherrill Milnes!!!