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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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StockholmA Masked Ball

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Tobias Theorell; Royal Swedish Opera; Magdalena Aberg; Klas Hedlund; Karl-Magnus Fredriksson

BadajozDukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb

Dukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb, Caldarella, Sanz, Bernstein
Orquesta de Extremadura; Thomas Clamor; Grupo de metales OEX/OJEX

MuscatAnna Netrebko & Yusif Eyvazov

Verdi, Puccini, Rossini
Anna Netrebko; Yusif Eyvazov

ZürichOtello

Verdi: Otello
Marco Armiliato; Graham Vick; Zurich Opera; Paul Brown [Set]; Aleksandrs Antonenko; Maria Agresta

ToulouseErnaniNew production

Verdi: Ernani
Daniel Oren; Brigitte Jaques-Wajeman; Théâtre du Capitole; Emmanuel Peduzzi; Alfred Kim; Tamara Wilson

LeipzigNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
Matthias Foremny; Dietrich Hilsdorf; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Renate Schmitzer; Dario Solari; Mlada Khudoley

MunichFalstaff

Verdi: Falstaff
Asher Fisch; Eike Gramss; Bavarian State Opera; Gottfried Pilz; Ambrogio Maestri; Franco Vassallo

MontrealVerdi and the great operatic choruses

Bellini, Boito, Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti
Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal; Carlo Rizzi; Marianne Fiset; Marie-Ève Scarfone; Alexander Tsymbalyuk; OSM Chorus
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A triumphant new Trovatore in Vienna

Vienna stages an all-star new production of Verdi's classic, with sublime singing in Daniele Abbado's Spanish Civil War setting.
*****
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Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to ENO

Jonathan Miller's production remains a work of brilliance, but poor conducting amongst other things keeps this revival from getting off the ground.
***11
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Verdi's last opera nostalgically staged

The 2013 Salzburg production of Damiano Michieletto's Falstaff finally arrives in Milan where the director sets the opera in “Casa Verdi”, the Milanese residence for elderly singers and musicians.
****1
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Anita Rachvelishvili takes the honours in ROH Trovatore

An outstanding Azucena and solid vocal and orchestral performances more than make up for David Bösch's unappealing staging.
***11
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Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto

The gambling tables and neon lights of Las Vegas might not be the images which immediately enter your head when you think of Verdi’s Rigoletto, but bold art is often created and progressed by the pushing of boundaries and by challenging audiences to reimagine the familiar.
****1
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Tragedy comes full circle in San Carlo's Rigoletto

In this staging of Verdi’s  masterpiece, the director reminds us that the ominous epilogue springs from its short prelude.
****1
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A fine musical display in Don Carlos

Were it not for a sterling musical display, built on the shoulders of bass Ferruccio Furlanetto and conductor Myung-whun Chung, this could have been a very long night indeed.
****1
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Thoroughly modern Macbeth in Vancouver

Brett Bailey's acclaimed production of Macbeth is unmissable, combining top-notch theatrical and musical values with a disturbingly timely political warning
*****
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