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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 2018
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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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Aida at Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Verdi: Aida
Nicola Luisotti; Hugo de Ana; Teatro Real; Violeta Urmana; Ekaterina Semenchuk

DijonSimon Boccanegra

Simon Boccanegra
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Philipp Himmelmann; Opéra de Dijon; Etienne Pluss; Kathi Maurer; Vittorio Vitelli; Luciano Batinic

LyonDon CarlosNew production

Michele Pertusi (Philippe) and Sally Matthews (Elisabeth) © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Daniele Rustioni; Christophe Honoré; Opéra de Lyon; Alban Ho Van; Pascaline Chavanne; Michele Pertusi; Sergey Romanovsky

BergenVerdi's Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Lise Davidsen; Jennifer Johnston; René Barbera; Matthew Rose

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennesNew production

Erwin Schrott (Procida), Sol Dance Company © Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Stefan Soltesz; Victoria Behr; George Petean; Bryan Hymel


Aleksandra Kurzak (Desdemona) und Roberto Alagna (Otello) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Verdi: Otello
Graeme Jenkins; Christine Mielitz; Vienna State Opera; Christian Floeren; Roberto Alagna; Aleksandra Kurzak

BernIl trovatore

Il trovatore
Verdi: Il trovatore
Jochem Hochstenbach; Markus Bothe; Stadttheater Bern; Zsolt Czetner; Kathrin Frosch; Justina Klimczyk; Bern Symphony Orchestra

Newcastle upon TyneUn ballo in mascheraNew Production

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Richard Farnes; Tim Albery; Opera North; Hannah Clark; Rafael Rojas; Phillip Rhodes
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Darkness and grandeur in Christophe Honoré's Don Carlos

Michele Pertusi (Philippe) and Sally Matthews (Elisabeth) © Jean-Louis Fernandez
A (nearly) complete performance of the original French version of Don Carlos forms the centrepiece of Daniele Rustioni's Verdi Festival in Lyon. 
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More croce than delizia in Kramer’s new Traviata

Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
Despite the entertainment value and striking imagery, Kramer's production is a surprisingly dull affair, with curiously little chemistry between the lead couple.
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Macbeth, Thane of Wall Street

Elchin Azizov (Macbeth) and Susanna Branchini (Lady Macbeth) © Stofleth
In Lyon, Daniele Rustioni drives through a pulsating reading of Macbeth, Ivo van Hove's imaginative setting not always fully backed by the vocal performances.
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A dusty Aida revived at the Teatro Real

Aida at Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
In a disappointing revival of Hugo de Ana's clichéd and clumsy production, Liudmyla Monastyrska and Violeta Urmana confronted each other with their superb vocal techniques and diverging styles.
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All good fun: a flesh-and-blood Falstaff at Müpa Budapest

Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
The Iván Fischer Opera Company makes a triumphant foray into Verdi's oeuvre.
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Musically resplendent Don Carlo in Washington

Leah Crocetto (Elisabetta) and Russell Thomas (Don Carlo) © Scott Suchman
The team of soloists, the chorus and the orchestra, under the baton of Philippe Auguin, powerfully conveyed the spectacular qualities of Verdi's Don Carlo.
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Soloists and orchestra shine in MSO Opening Gala

Stuart Skelton © Simon Fernandez
A celebration of composer, soloist and orchestral excellence in an eclectic, if slightly eccentric, gala opening program to launch the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 2018 season.
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Raindrops are falling in San Carlo's Traviata

Vincenzo Costanzo (Alfredo) and Maria Mudryak (Violetta) © Luciano Romano
A suggestive staging barely supported by the musical side
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