Experience Domingo’s debut in the role that would become one of his greatest successes  both in the United States and internationally!  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Plácido Domingo’s first appearance in New Orleans, VAI and New Orleans Opera Association are proud to release a recording of one of the legendary nights in New Orleans Opera history: Plácido Domingo’s debut performance in the role of Manrico in Verdi’s masterpiece Il trovatore, recorded live in New Orleans in 1968. For years, opera fans have been asking for this recording to be added to the New Orleans Opera Archives, and it is finally here. This is Il trovatore as you’ve never heard it before, with the extraordinary Montserrat Caballé in the role of Leonora and conducted by Knud Andersson.   A bonus third disc is “Domingo in New Orleans,” featuring scenes from Lucia, Andrea Chenier, and Tosca. Specially priced 3-CD set.
[2012, Stereo, 3-CD, 125 minutes (opera) + 58 minutes (bonus disc)]

Opera in Four Acts
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

Manrico: Plácido Domingo
Leonora: Montserrat Caballé
Azucena: Ruza Pospinov
Count di Luna: Enzo Sordello
Ferrando: George Mayer
Inez: JoAnn Yockey
Ruiz: Bennie Ray
Old Gypsy: John Reed Campbell
Messenger: Tony Lopez

Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans Opera
Knud Andersson, conductor
(Live Performance, March 14 or 16, 1968)



- Final Scene: Tombe degl’avi miei; Fra poco a me ricovero; O meschina, fato orrendo; Tu che a Dio spiegasti l’ali
Edgardo: Plácido Domingo
Raimondo: Thomas Paul
Orchestra & Chorus of the New Orleans Opera; Knud Andersson, conductor
(Live performance, October 27 or 29, 1966)

- Act II: Duet, part 1 Ecco l’altare…
- Act II: Duet, part 2 Ora soave…
- Act III: Sì, fui soldato
- Act IV (complete): Cittadino, men duol; Come un bel dì di maggio; Vicino a te
Chénier: Plácido Domingo
Maddalena: Elinor Ross
Gérard: Chester Ludgin
Schmidt: George Mayer
Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans Opera; Anton Guadagno, conductor
(Live performance, March 3 or March 5, 1966)

TOSCA (Puccini)
- Act I: Duet Mario! Mario!; Non la sospiri la nostra casetta?; Ah, quegli occhi…Qual’occhio al mondo…
- Act III: E lucevan le stelle
Cavaradossi: Plácido Domingo
Tosca: Gabriella Tucci
Orchestra and Chorus of the New Orleans Opera; Knud Andersson, conductor
(Live performance, October 13 or 15, 1966)

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