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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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LiègeIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Daniel Oren; Stefano Vizioli; Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège; Alessandro Ciammarughi; Mario Cassi; Yolanda Auyanet

Los AngelesDon Carlo(s)

Don Carlo(s)
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
James Conlon; Ian Judge; LA Opera; Louisa Muller; Tim Goodchild; Ferruccio Furlanetto; Alexander Vinogradov

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Evelino Pidò; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Virginie Gervaise; Albina Shagimuratova; Pavol Breslik

BerlinLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Stephan Zilias; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Donald Runnicles; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Elena Tsallagova

ZürichMacbeth

Macbeth
Verdi: Macbeth
Francesco Lanzillotta; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Markus Brück; Tatiana Serjan

MilanErnaniNew Production

Ernani
Verdi: Ernani
Ádám Fischer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Teatro alla Scala; Julian Crouch; Kevin Pollard; Francesco Meli; Ailyn Pérez

BudapestTenor3

Tenor3
Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini
Hungarian State Opera Orchestra; Andrij Jurkevics; René Barbera; Maxim Mironov; Fabio Sartori

MunichLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Günter Krämer; Bavarian State Opera; Andreas Reinhardt; Carlo Diappi; Kristina Mkhitaryan; Pavol Breslik
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A mortal nothingness: Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral

Verdi's Requiem at Westminster Cathedral © Thomas Bowles
This concert was inevitably the sum of far more than its parts, and not for nothing are the Monteverdi Choir and the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantiquem, regarded as among the best in the world

Les Ballets Trockadero's UK tour opens with a bang

The Little Humpback Horse © Zoran Jelenic
Fresh energy and vibrant comedy marks the Trocks' return to the UK  
***11
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Prom 64: Davidsen and LPO shine in awesome Verdi Requiem

Lise Davidsen and the LPO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
A quartet of superb soloists shine through an orchestral and choral performance of great precision to bring out Verdi’s powerful evocation of the terror of eternal damnation.
*****
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Affectionate Bruckner 4 from Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Phil

Yannick Nézet-Séguin © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Yannick Nézet-Séguin's final tour as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic brought out the tender side of Bruckner and Liszt. 
****1
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Verdi’s Requiem at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm

Domingo Hindoyan © Arne Hyckenberg
Domingo Hindoyan conducts a cast of Swedish performers in Verdi’s masterpiece, for the Baltic Sea Festival.
***11
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A fun-packed Falstaff from Opera Bohemia

Andrew McTaggart (Falstaff) © Opera Bohemia
Opera Bohemia provides a fun-filled showcase for Conservatoire graduates in a finely sung Falstaff heading for the Edinburgh Fringe with a small orchestra.
****1
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Svoboda’s “Traviata of the Mirrors” returns to Macerata

Salome Jicia (Violetta Valéry) © Alfredo Tabocchini
Svoboda’s mirrors continue to provoke interesting considerations. Titled above the stage, they project a birds-eye-view of the action to the audience, making voyeurs of us all.
****1
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Digitally Aida’d: A new production at Opera Australia

Elena Gabouri (Amneris) and Amber Wagner (Aida) © Prudence Upton
Davide Livermore's digital set for Opera Australia's new production of Aida ushers in a new type of staging to the Sydney Opera House, and backs up a stellar performance from Amber Wagner in the title role.
****1
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