Originally posted by scacchipazzo
Well - for me Wagner is by a long way the greater of the two. Verdi wrote some great tunes and produced some gripping musical drama, but I don't find his operas have the reach, subtlety, musical invention or structural perfection of Wagner.
Still, the article is right to express gladness that we don't have to choose. Verdi's still good, even if I personally find him slightly overrated by his partisans. And I am looking forward to beginning my opera going in the bicentenary year of both composers with Un Ballo in Maschera in Stockholm!