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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
August 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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GlyndebourneLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Stefan Soltesz; Tom Cairns; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Hildegard Bechtler; Joyce El-Khoury; Atalla Ayan; Dimitri Platanias

AmsterdamCamerata RCO: Vivaldi's The Four Seasons

Rossini, Cherubini, Verdi, Puccini, Vivaldi
Camerata RCO; Jan Willem de Vriend; Tjeerd Top

WarsawOpera in concert version: Giuseppe Verdi - Macbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
Fabio Biondi; Europa Galante; Podlasie Opera

BerlinLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Ido Arad; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Carlo Montanaro; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Salome Jicia


Verdi: Nabucco
Jakub Klecker; György Selmeczi; Janáček Opera NTB; Karel Drgáč; Josef Jelínek

LondonCaccini, Pergolesi, Conti, Verdi, Donizetti, Respighi, Copland, Fauré, Satie

Caccini, Pergolesi, Conti, Verdi, Donizetti, Respighi, Copland, Fauré, Satie
Teresa Pells; Karl Lutchmayer

AmsterdamLa forza del destinoNew Production

Verdi: La forza del destino
Michele Mariotti; Christof Loy; Dutch National Opera; Christian Schmidt; Eva-Maria Westbroek; Franco Vassallo

AmsterdamNTR Zaterdagmatinee: Simon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
James Gaffigan; Dimitri Platanias; Rafał Siwek; Lianna Haroutounian; Giorgio Berrugi
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Verdi's Requiem given an operatic take in Sydney

A vividly dramatic take on Verdi's Requiem by Opera Australia allows chorus and orchestra to shine under Renato Palumbo, and reminds us why the work has been called “opera in church clothing”.
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Netrebko triumphs as musical performances transcend Salzburg Festival staging of Aida

Muti's reading of the score is extraordinary, both for its sophistication and originality.
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El-Khoury transcends Cairns’ chilly Traviata

Glyndebourne's second Traviata cast of the summer saw the festival field three principals worthy of any major international opera house. 
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Soprano makes directorial debut in early Verdi

A positive debut as stage director for soprano Stefania Bonfadelli in Verdi's early comic opera.
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El-Khoury and Spyres celebrate French stars

Rare repertoire, polished orchestral playing, thrilling singing – it's no wonder London's operatic cognoscenti were out in force.
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Wrong rep sinks opera evening at the Concertgebouw

Mismatching between programme and performers resulted in a disappointing evening of operatic all-time favourites.
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McVicar 's Rigoletto travels to the Savonlinna Festival

David McVicar's production may divide audiences with its no holds barred approach to the debauchery of the court of Mantua, but is well worth seeing for the Gilda of Tuuli Takala.
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Verdi's Macbeth at Buxton International Festival

A searing, edge-of-your-seat spinetingler from Elijah Moshinsky makes the strongest possible case for Verdi's first Macbeth, ideally suited to the proportions of Buxton's beautiful Opera House.
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