A Duet from the Past
This duet performance from 1981 is very special to me. I was 21 and was singing with tenor Peter Riberi who, at only 20, already sounded like Mario Lanza. Peter became a successful operatic tenor who sang numerous times at the Metropolitan Opera and was also featured on many Met broadcasts in the 90’s. It was pure joy to sing with him.
This baritone and tenor duet is from the operetta “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” As you may know, in opera the general rule is that the tenor is the one who always shines in front. And the baritone supports whatever the tenor is doing. This short recording confirms that theory.
To give you an example of why I love opera, you need to look no further than the 0:52 mark of this duet. I get chills down my spine during moments like this.