To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi on Oct. 10, 2013, we asked some of the leading figures in Canadian opera circles to identify the most powerful operagasm in all of Verdi's operas. Our panelists:

1. Alexander Neef, general director of the Canadian Opera Company.

2. Lyne Fortin, soprano.

3. Timothy Vernon, artistic director of Pacific Opera Victoria.

4. Adrianne Pieczonka, soprano.

5. Richard Margison, tenor.

The term "operagasm" entered the classical music lexicon thanks to the excellent website by that name, where they define an operagasm as "the physical and emotional sensation experienced at the peak of operatic bliss."

There are multiple operagasms in each of Verdi's 30 operas, so narrowing it down is a challenge. View the gallery above to see which Verdi moments are guaranteed to leave you panting, drenched in sweat and reaching for the Marlboros.

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posted by Robert Rowat on Oct 09, 2013