Verdi's Il Trovatore premiered on this day in 1853. It's musically rich score hides an absurd plot that admittedly is hard to resist. Containing many of Verdi's most popular melodies, it's quite a star vehicle for any voice type.
There are many great recordings of Trovatore, however I must admit to an indulgence towards the old classic pictured above, the vintage Decca stereo potboiler with Del Monaco, Tebaldi and Simionato in their prime.
I know I've posted Del Monaco singing Di Quella Pira before, he is simply my favourite Manrico, I can't help it. And here he is again, incredibly young and gorgeous...that voice, those tights!