Domingo was not yet 40 in 1978 when this performance took place; his recorded "Trovatore" with Mehta (arguably still the best on CD) was almost ten years in the past. One feels here that his voice has grown into the role -- I can't imagine it being better sung, both musically and expressively. That's not to say that I can't imagine another great voice (say Corelli at his best) making an even more striking impression, but by any standard this is great singing, and within the limits of the production, fine acting. The limits of the production are not really terribly disabling -- it's a bit static, and some of the stage business is awkward (the scene at the convent was particularly sticky, I thought), but the sets are nicely rendered in a painterly way, and if the singing were not as strong as it is, the static quality of the production would bother me more. And the quality of the singing is excellent, not just from Domingo. Kabaivanska's Leonora is not as rich and voluptuous as Price's but it is secure from top to bottom, well-focussed, and expressive. It doesn't hurt that she looks good in the role. Di Luna is not a role I associated with Cappuccilli, but he provides a great account of it here. One can remember Bastianini's black baritone, but (as with Domingo vis-a-vis Corelli) one can't fault Cappuccilli's singing or expression. Some reviewers complain that the pacing by Karajan is too slow; the only place where it registered on me as slow was in "Il balen," and the tempo proved no problem for Cappuccilli with his wonderful breath control, and he gave a lovely account of it. Jose Van Dam was a superb Ferrando -- again not a dark voice, but beautifully projected. Most of all, Fiorenza Cossotto was an unforgettable Azucena -- thinking of her performance, one can see why Verdi considered naming the opera for the gypsy. The singing is stunning and intense, and the physically static quality of so much of the production does not in the least impair her communicative power. This is a gypsy who can scare the hell out of you. All in all, then, this is just wonderful. I don't have any other Trovatores on DVD for comparison (yet), but I can't believe that I will ever think badly of this one.