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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

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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MadridEn Familia: Concierto para zapata y orquesta

Rossini, Beethoven, Verdi, Mozart
Orquesta Nacional de España; José Manuel Zapata; Paco Mir; Juan Francisco Padilla

BergamoRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Pietro Rizzo; Elena Barbalich; Fondazione Donizetti; Tommaso Lagattolla; Angelo Veccia; Chiara Pavone

AntwerpFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Tomáš Netopil; Christoph Waltz; Opera Vlaanderen; David Warren; Judith Holste; Thomas Johannes Mayer; Jacquelyn Wagner

ValenciaDon Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Ramón Tebar; Marco Arturo Marelli; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Dagmar Niefind; Alexander Vinogradov; Andrea Carè; Plácido Domingo

BerlinNabucco

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

TokyoJonas Kaufmann Japan Tour 2018

Puccini, Verdi, Bizet, Mascagni, Massenet, Giordano
Tokyo New City Orchestra; Jochen Rieder; Jonas Kaufmann; Akiho Tsujii

GhentFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Tomáš Netopil; Christoph Waltz; Opera Vlaanderen; David Warren; Judith Holste; Thomas Johannes Mayer; Jacquelyn Wagner

GuildfordNew Year Celebration: an evening of opera and ballet music

Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Dvořák, Puccini, Donizetti, Nicolai, Bellini, Capua, Massenet
Southern Pro Musica; Jonathan Willcocks; Bibi Heal; Nicholas Sharratt
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Dimitri Platanias stands out in a mixed Covent Garden Rigoletto

The father-daughter exchanges between Dmitri Platanias's jester and Sofia Fomina's Gilda prove the highlights of an evening which doesn't always catch fire.
***11
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Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Hvorostovsky

The Met Opera's concert performance of Verdi's Requiem was an emotional tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky. 
***11
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Nabucco goes to Hollywood

Monstyrska dominates as Abigaille, Domingo brings his unique baritenor style to the title role, Thaddeus Strassberger creates a riot of colour and antiquarian style.
****1
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Heart and soul: Irina Lungu sings Traviata in Tokyo

Tokyo's New National Theatre is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary season with three new productions and revivals of their most popular productions including Vincent Boussard’s minimal yet colourful Traviata.
****1
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Falstaff in Turin: elegant, but with little mass

Renzetti's traditional rendition does not reveal yet unprecedented details of a score that is the summation of Verdi's mastery and his last work – his third based on Shakespeare.
***11
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Chailly conducts the Messa per Rossini at its Scala première

A sizeable contingent of curious musicologists and critics gathered for the Milan première. It was a gifted a performance with plenty of insights to offer.
****1
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Making a strong case for Verdi's Stiffelio

Show-stealing bass singing from Krisztián Cser and an immensely powerful Act 2 make a persuasive case for Verdi's neglected predecessor to Rigoletto.
****1
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Gold-plated cast compensates for frosty staging

Krzysztof Warlikowski’s new Paris staging of Verdi's epic Don Carlos is cold and glassy, but the vocal performances at the Bastille more than compensate.
***11
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