Verdi: The Tenor Arias

Giuseppe Verdi’s operas ushered in a new heroic role for the tenor voice, and Domingo has embodied this ideal better than anyone in recent decades. That alone justifies the extravagance of these four discs, showcasing the tenor arias from all 28 Verdi operas, the hits (Aida, Rigoletto) alongside the early and the very obscure (Alzira, anyone?). It’s probably a trifle too much for any but the most devoted fan, but in Domingo’s hands it all merits a hearing, and many of the rarities were newly recorded for this project. If anyone suspects that Domingo at 60 might be left in the dust by Domingo at 30, here’s evidence to prove the contrary: His voice may have darkened and lost a touch of nimbleness, but this natural wonder sings with added maturity, thrilling confidence, and a technique to shame any of today’s upstarts, not to mention those other Two Tenors.