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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
March 2017
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Falstaff: His enduring appeal

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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Verdi: Rigoletto
Riccardo Frizza; Monique Wagemakers; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Michael Levine; Sandy Powel; Javier Camarena; Antonino Siragusa

LondonAfternoon Tea with Live Opera - Galina Averina

Donizetti, Gounod, Verdi, Mozart, Massenet
Galina Averina, Soprano


Verdi: Otello
Balázs Kocsár; Stefano Poda; Hungarian State Opera; Rafael Rojas; Kristian Benedikt

StockholmA Masked Ball

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Pier Giorgio Morandi; Tobias Theorell; Royal Swedish Opera; Magdalena Aberg; Leonardo Capalbo; Karl-Magnus Fredriksson

LondonLunchtime Concert - Royal Greenwich Brass Band present "Classical Brass"

Shostakovich, Suppe, Verdi
Stephen Maw; Royal Greenwich Brass Band


Verdi: Nabucco
Gintaras Rinkevicius; Guntis Gailītis; Latvian National Opera; Andris Freibergs; Kristīne Pasternaka; Samsons Izjumovs; Yulianna Bawarska

LondonRosenblatt Recital: Ivan Magrì

Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Flotow, Massenet, Tosti, de Curtis, Gastaldon, Puccini
Ivan Magri; Iain Burnside


Verdi: Nabucco
Matthias Foremny; Dietrich Hilsdorf; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Renate Schmitzer; Dario Solari; Mlada Khudoley
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A Verdi pilgrimage to Liège for Jérusalem

Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, presents at plucky new staging of Verdi's rarely seen Jérusalem
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Homoki’s Rigoletto brings the Bundesliga to Hamburg

At least the colour-coded characters in Andreas Homoki’s farcical production made it easy to know which team to barrack for.
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Netrebko returns to La traviata at La Scala

Netrebko's Violetta is now fuller in body and voice than in her former incarnation. Goodbye to the fresh-faced damsel we saw in Salzburg; hello to a larger-than-life courtesan in her twilight years.
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A brilliant Traviata at the Met

About halfway through the second act of Verdi's La traviata at the opera's second Met performance of the season, soprano Sonya Yoncheva went from being a really good Violetta to being a great Violetta.
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Verdi’s Masked Ball returns to the scene of the crime

Leonardo Capalbo makes a successful debut in Tobias Theorell’s minimalistic production of Un ballo in maschera in Stockholm.
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A triumphant new Trovatore in Vienna

Vienna stages an all-star new production of Verdi's classic, with sublime singing in Daniele Abbado's Spanish Civil War setting.
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Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to ENO

Jonathan Miller's production remains a work of brilliance, but poor conducting amongst other things keeps this revival from getting off the ground.
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Verdi's last opera nostalgically staged

The 2013 Salzburg production of Damiano Michieletto's Falstaff finally arrives in Milan where the director sets the opera in “Casa Verdi”, the Milanese residence for elderly singers and musicians.
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