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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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MadridFalstaffNew production

Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
Daniele Rustioni; Laurent Pelly; Teatro Real; Barbara de Limburg; Nicola Alaimo; Roberto de Candia

New York CityLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Nicola Luisotti; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; Anita Hartig; Stephen Costello

NorwichMacbethNew production

© Creative Feast
Verdi: Macbeth
Gerry Cornelius; James Dacre; English Touring Opera; Frankie Bradshaw; Grant Doyle; Madeleine Pierard; Tanya Hurst

New York CityRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Nicola Luisotti; Michael Mayer; Metropolitan Opera; Christine Jones; Susan Hilferty; George Gagnidze; Rosa Feola

TorontoOtello

Verdi: Otello
Johannes Debus; David Alden; Canadian Opera Company; Jon Morrell; Russell Thomas; Gerald Finley

BerlinRigoletto

Rigoletto
Verdi: Rigoletto
Stephan Zilias; Jan Bosse; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Nicholas Carter; Stéphane Laimé; Kathrin Plath; Markus Brück

CheltenhamMacbethNew production

© Creative Feast
Verdi: Macbeth
Gerry Cornelius; James Dacre; English Touring Opera; Frankie Bradshaw; Grant Doyle; Madeleine Pierard; Tanya Hurst

LeedsAida

Aida
Verdi: Aida
Sir Richard Armstrong; Annabel Arden; Opera North; Joanna Parker; Alexandra Zabala; Rafael Rojas
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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, the Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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An evangelical happening in Aix

Teodor Currentzis © Nadia Rosenberg
The musicians of MusicAeterna were impassioned, engaged and energised into a single force in this performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Aix Easter Festival.
****1
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An exhilarating Nabucco at the Concertgebouw

Tatiana Serjan © Tod Rosberg

Giancarlo Andretta conducts the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and Choir and a fine team of soloists led by Tatiana Serjan's Abigaille into an exhilarating Nabucco.

*****
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Drama in Verdi's orchestration: Muti conducts Rigoletto excerpts

Riccardo Muti conducts excerpts from Rigoletto © Spring Festival in Tokyo | Satoshi Aoyagi
As the culmination of Muti's Italian Opera Academy in Tokyo, the maestro conducted a model performance of selected excerpts from Rigoletto in the main hall of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.

Outrageous fortune: stellar opening for Forza at Covent Garden

Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
The hottest opera ticket in London this season sees Jonas Kaufmann and Anna Netrebko reunited on the Royal Opera House's stage for the first time since 2008. It was worth the wait. 
*****
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A potent concoction: Macbeth is ETO's hit of the season

Madeleine Pierard (Lady Macbeth) © Richard Hubert Smith
A fine cast, orchestra and production make English Touring Opera's new production of Verdi's Macbeth a must see. 
****1
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Under the eye of Horus: Aida in Liège

Elaine Alvarez (Aida) © Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera's staging for Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège is stolid in direction, but Speranza Scappucci breathes life into Verdi's drama from the pit. 
***11
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