Sunday Morning Opera: Il Balen Del Suo Sorriso Smackdown


Screen Shot 2016-08-20 at 10.24.11 AMWhen I was working on today’s post, I noticed something interesting. There are many great baritones, yet very few of them, have a recording of Il balen del suo sorriso from Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi.  This is one of the great baritone arias of all time, and one of my favorites, yet try finding today’s leading baritones singing it.  With the exception of our favorite, forget it.  That alone is rather fascinating. No Hampson or Keenlyside.


I’m prejudice.  I’ve always thought Sherrill Milnes was the best at it.  I think Dmitri is better.  I’ve always thought Milnes is the best baritone, ever.  I’ve realized our favorite Siberian is right up there with him.  Yes, he’s that good.  Frankly, I think he’s getting better with age.

It’s also why we don’t give a rip about tenors! This is also a commentary on why sopranos in operas are so stupid. They should just deal with the fact that baritones are far superior. In reality, why would anyone want to run off into the sunset with a tenor when you have this…?