Originally Posted By: Lorna
My only criticism is that it ran short, slightly under three and a half hours. When you go to a Verdi opera, you expect four and a half hours, or at least four, right? But what there was, was cherce.


Two things here: 1. the number and length of the intervals (nothing to do with Verdi, everything to do with the production), and 2. the presence/absence of a ballet. Here are the approximate timings of actual music - excluding intervals - of each of the Verdi operas (Info from the Viking Opera Guide):

1 hr 30 min: Alzira, Il Corsaro
1 hr 45 min: I due Foscari, Attila, La battaglia di Legnano, Stiffelio
2 hr: Un giorno di regno, Giovanna d'Arco, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aroldo, Falstaff
2 hr 15 min: Oberto, Nabucco, I Lombardi, Ernani, I Masnadieri, Luisa Miller, Il Trovatore, Un Ballo in Maschera, Aida (yes, really), Simon Boccanegra, Otello
2 hr 30 min: Macbeth, Jérusalem
2 hr 35 min: Les Vêpres Siciliennes [3hr with ballet]
3 hr: Don Carlos (4 act version)
3 hr 15 min: La Forza del Destino
3 hr 30 min: Don Carlos (5 act version)

Back to the Met's Ernani: 2 hr 15 minutes of music, + over an hour of intervals, = ca 3 hr 30 inutes