A collection of Verdi operas. Herbert von Karajan conducts this 1978 performance of 'Il Trovatore' which was steeped in scandal. Franco Bonisolli was originally cast in the lead role but abandoned the cast during a rehearsal where the public had been admitted entry,throwing his sword at the conductor and leaving the stage in fury,to be later replaced by Placido Domingo. 'Don Carlos' was recorded in 2004 with Bertrand de Billy conducting the Orchestra of the Wiener Staatsoper. The performance was the first to be recorded of the opera in its original form,without the cuts to its running time that Verdi was forced to make after the work's premiere in 1867. The cast includes Alistair Miles,Ramon Vargas,Bo Skovhus and Iano Tamar. 'Rigoletto' is a 2006 performance,with Nello Santi conducting the Chorus and Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House. Leo Nucci,Elena Mosuc,Piotr Beczala,and László Polgár lead an all-star cast.