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Giuseppe Verdi

«I adore art... when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.»
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Year of birth1813
Year of death1901
May 2018
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Matinee performance

Falstaff: His enduring appeal

Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Few operatic characters straddle the operatic stage larger than Sir John Falstaff. Read our in depth 'opera portrait' on Verdi's Falstaff as well as some of his other guises. 

Buon compleanno, Giuseppe Verdi!

Friday 10th October marks the birthday of the great Giuseppe Verdi - not as big an anniversary as last year's bicentenary, but worth marking nonethless. 
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LondonLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Samuel Evans; Sophie Gilpin; Hampstead Garden Opera; Julia Bachmann; Eleanor Ross; Alexander Aldren; Sergio Augusto


© Oleg Oprisco
Verdi: Macbeth
Daniel Oren; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Théâtre du Capitole; Alfonso Caiani; Bernard Arnould; Daniel Ogier; Vitaliy Bilyy

LondonAnna Netrebko and Yusif Eyvasov

© Kirk Edwards
Verdi, Strauss R., Sorozábal, Berlioz, Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Ponchielli, Catalani, Giordano
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; Jader Bignamini; Anna Netrebko; Yusif Eyvazov


© Bettina Stöß
Verdi: Nabucco
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Keith Warner; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Tilo Steffens; Julia Müer; Željko Lučić; Ivan Inverardi

BirminghamJoseph Calleja and the CBSO

Verdi, Massenet, Bizet, Cilea, Puccini, Offenbach
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Andrew Greenwood; Joseph Calleja

BerlinSpecial Concert: Giuseppe Verdi

© Cosmin Gogu
Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra; Paolo Arrivabeni; Sonya Yoncheva; Fabio Sartori

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Irina Lungu; Pavol Breslik; Plácido Domingo

ZürichLa forza del destinoNew Production

La forza del destino
Verdi: La forza del destino
Fabio Luisi; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Hartmut Meyer; Mechthild Seipel; Hibla Gerzmava; George Petean
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2013)
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Marko Mimica (Ferrando) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
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A traditional Il corsaro revived in Piacenza

Il corsaro at the Teatro Municipale, Piacenza © Mirella Verile
In this Verdi's popular work we find a paroxysm of affections that is consonant with Matteo Beltrami's energetic conducting.
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A visually stunning Aida at Seattle Opera

Gordon Hawkins (Amonasro) and Leah Crocetto (Aida) © Philip Newton
Francesca Zambello's hip-hop graffiti staging of Aida comes to Seattle. 
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From little things, big things grow: The AWO returns to Sydney

Riccardo Muti conducts the Australian World Orchestra © David Collins
On their return to Sydney, the Australian World Orchestra under Riccardo Muti offer a subdued reading of Brahms’ Symphony no. 2 and a thrilling account of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 4.
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Un ballo glitters but doesn’t ignite in Budapest

Eszter Sümegi (Amelia), Attila Fekete (Gustavo) and Alexandru Agache (Renato) © Valter Berecz
The acting was patchy and the singing ranged from serviceable to laudable in this dazzling new production at the Budapest Spring Festival.
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I Lombardi alla prima crociata returns to Turin after 93 years

Angela Meade (Giselda, different performance) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
The director presents the story clearly enough, but apart from that, there is not much going for this production.
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Opera Australia's beautiful La traviata returns to Melbourne

Corinne Winters (Violetta) © Jeff Busby
The quality cast purred, but glorious roars are required to jolt audiences from placid enjoyment of Opera Australia’s gorgeous 24-year-old production of this Verdi classic.
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