Compilation: Piero Cappuccilli - Arias and excerpts from Aida, Don Carlo, Puritani, Luisa Miller, Vespri and more
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Although he was certainly celebrated in his day, I never really understood why Piero Cappuccilli didn't obtain the star status that someone like Sherill Milnes did. He was, in fact, the ideal Verdi baritone possessing a voice that could manage the dramatic bombast of Iago's music in Otello as well as the delicate lyricism of Rodrigo in Don Carlo. If this collection does even a little to remind opera fans of what a colossal talent Cappuccilli was, then I will be very pleased. It contains arias and excerpts from Don Giovanni, I Puritani, I Vespri Siciliani, Luisa Miller, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in maschera, Aida, Don Carlo and Otello and he is joined by Montserrat Caballé, Mirella Freni, Plácido Domingo, Gianni Raimondi, Alfredo Kraus, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Ruggiero Raimondi.