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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
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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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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DijonNabucco

Nabucco
Verdi: Nabucco
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Marie-Ève Signeyrole; Opéra de Dijon; Fabien Teigné; Yashi; Nikoloz Lagvilava; Mary Elizabeth Williams

LondonFulham Opera presents Don Carlo

Fulham Opera presents Don Carlo
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Benjamin Woodward; Lewis Reynolds; Fulham Opera; Michael Thrift; Keel Watson; Steven Fredericks; Alberto Sousa

LondonA Night For Heroes

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Verdi, Bizet, Rodgers, Schoenberg, Bernstein, Puccini, Lloyd Webber
Unknown; London Cantamusica; Capital Arts Children's Choir

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennes

Les Vêpres siciliennes
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Paolo Carignani; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Matthias Koch; Victoria Behr; Dimitri Platanias; Federico Longhi

High WycombeSymphonic Masters

Symphonic Masters
Verdi, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Michele Mariotti; Leticia Moreno

LondonVerdi Requiem

Verdi Requiem
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Jac van Steen; Helena Dix; Alessandra Volpe; David Butt Philip; Roland Wood

InvernessRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Rumon Gamba; Matthew Richardson; Scottish Opera; Jon Morrell; Aris Argiris; Lina Johnson; Adam Smith

WokingLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Christoph Altstaedt; Tom Cairns; Glyndebourne on Tour; Hildegard Bechtler; Mané Galoyan; Fabrizio Paesano
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Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Boccanegra returns

Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
An impressively cast revival for Verdi's one-time neglected masterpiece at Covent Garden.
****1
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Brownlee and Spyres: so much more than vocal jousting

Michael Spyres and Lawrence Brownlee © Ronald Knapp
Top tenors Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres dared to duel at the Concertgebouw. Both emerged victorious, and not just because of the volley of sensational top notes.
****1
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Aida returns to the Royal Swedish Opera with a new cast

Andrea Carè (Radamès) and Maria Katzarava (Aida) © Markus Gårder
Carè, Katzarava and Treichl give committed performances in a reprise of Cavanagh’s production.
**111
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A powerful performance of Verdi's Requiem from Pappano

Sir Antonio Pappano © ROH | David Bebber
Perhaps feeling that the drama and emotion of the Ring Cycle wasn't enough for one year, Antonio Pappano assembled a strong quartet and deployed the ROH's forces in a powerful, moving performance of Verdi's Messa da Requiem.
****1
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Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman
A strong new Traviata from Washington National Opera with the welcome house debut of Venera Gimadieva as a fabulous Violetta.
****1
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A dark, unflinching Rigoletto from Scottish Opera

Lina Johnson (Gilda) © Julie Howden
More relevant than ever, the patriarchal nightmare of Verdi's Rigoletto is dark and unflinching in Scottish Opera's revival of their 2011 production, with some striking scenes and fine singing.
****1
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Mané Galoyan steals the show in a Traviata for our age

Noel Bouley Germont) and Emanuele D’Aguanno (Alfredo) © Robert Workman
An emotionally intense Violetta from Mané Galoyan in Tom Cairns' darkly challenging La traviata launches Glyndebourne Tour's 50th season
***11
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In Turin's Trovatore, the women carry the day

Anna Maria Chiuri (Azucena) © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Female voices dominate in the vocal cast: Rachel Willis-Sørensen debuts as Leonora and charms the audience; Anna Maria Chiuri has the temperament and rich vocality requested by the role of the gypsy.
***11
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