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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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LeipzigDon Carlo

© Kirsten Nijhof
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Felix Bender; Jakob Peters-Messer; Oper Leipzig; Markus Meyer; Sven Bindseil; Riccardo Zanellato; Ievgen Orlov

ZürichRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Gustavo Gimeno; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Ismael Jordi; Quinn Kelsey

LeipzigLa traviata

© Tom Schulze
Verdi: La traviata
Enrico Calesso; Andreas Homoki; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Gabriele Jaenecke; Olena Tokar

ViennaFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
James Conlon; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Charles Edwards; Gabrielle Dalton; Carlos Álvarez; Olga Bezsmertna

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Virginie Gervaise; Ekaterina Siurina; Saimir Pirgu

NanyoYour Town Concert in Nanyo

Your Town Concert in Nanyo
Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi
Yamagata Symphony Orchestra; Norichika Iimori; Michie Nakamaru

CoventryDiscover the Classics V

Discover the Classics V
Shore, Purcell, Bach, Haydn, Schwartz, Mozart, Verdi, Ravel, Handel
Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra; Paul Leddington Wright; Coventry Cathedral Chorus

LeipzigNabucco

© Kirsten Nijhof
Verdi: Nabucco
Matthias Foremny; Dietrich Hilsdorf; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Renate Schmitzer; Dario Solari; Mlada Khudoley
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Ermonela Jaho makes a haunting return to Covent Garden’s Traviata

Ermonela Jaho (Violetta) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
The Albanian soprano, who made a spectacular jump-in for her house debut in Richard Eyre's production in 2008, makes a splendid return. 
****1
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Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
This revival of the Met's 30-year-old production of Aida had a disappointing debut in the title role but Dolora Zajick's reign as Amneris is still a force of nature.
***11
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Yoncheva and Dudamel shine in a blazing Otello at the Met

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
When it comes to the title role, Bartlett Sher's non-interventionist production misses the core of the character. 
****1
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Saoia Hernández wins La Scala hearts in Attila

Ildar Abdrazakov (Attila) © Teatro alla Scala | Brescia e Amisano
Outstanding vocal and orchestral performances light up La Scala's season opener, matched to a conservative but visually arresting staging from Davide Livermore.
****1
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The Met welcomes Nézet-Séguin with a new Traviata

La traviata © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A new production of La Traviata, colorful and conventional, brings little new ideas but is a fine vehicle for a fine performance conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin that features a trio of excellent singers.
****1
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A static Rigoletto at the Royal Swedish Opera in Stockholm

Karl-Magnus Fredriksson (Rigoletto) © Markus Gårder
The Kungliga Operan presents a stagnant production of Verdi’s masterpiece, with a competent cast comprised mostly of Swedish singers.
***11
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An Aida that strips away the Egyptian iconography

Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Michael Barker-Caven sets Aida in a 21st-century war zone in the Middle-East, allowing the audience to focus on the human drama.
*****
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A psychological Macbeth at La Fenice

Vittoria Yeo (Lady Macbeth) and Luca Salsi (Macbeth) © Michele Crosera
This is one of Michieletto's simplest stagings yet, the imagery used to a minimum to allow for focus on the psychological core.
*****
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