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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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BuxtonAlzira

James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
Verdi: Alzira
Stephen Barlow; Elijah Moshinsky; Buxton Festival Chorus; Russell Craig; Kate Ladner; James Cleverton; Graeme Danby

SavonlinnaOtello

Verdi: Otello
Hannu Lintu; Nadine Duffaut; Emmanuelle Favre; Katia Duflot; Aleksandrs Antonenko; Carl Tanner

MunichFestkonzert auf Schloss Schleißheim

Festkonzert auf Schloss Schleißheim
Mussorgsky, Haydn, Verdi, Gershwin
Munich Residenz Solisten; Andreas Skouras

MunichLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Asher Fisch; Günter Krämer; Bavarian State Opera; Andreas Reinhardt; Carlo Diappi; Diana Damrau; Charles Castronovo

KuressaareLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Balázs Kocsár; Ferenc Anger; Hungarian State Opera; Gergely Zöldy; Polina Pasztircsák; Erika Miklósa

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennesNew Production

Les Vêpres siciliennes
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Victoria Behr; George Petean; Bryan Hymel; Rachel Willis-Sørensen

KasselSommernachts-Open-Air in der Aue

Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Massenet, Bernstein, Falla, Puccini
Orchester des Staatstheaters Kassel; Francesco Angelico

StockholmVerdi's Requiem

Verdi's Requiem
Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Royal Swedish Orchestra; Domingo Hindoyan; Royal Swedish Opera Chorus; Göteborg Opera Chorus; Christina Nilsson; Miriam Treichl
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A solid, dramatic staging for Rigoletto in Naples

Saimir Pirgu (The Duke of Mantua) and Nino Surguladze (Maddalena) © Francesco Squeglia
A trusty and convincing version of the masterpiece, with a cast of well-matched singers.
****1
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Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Sir Bryn Terfel’s Falstaff is still a cherishable rogue as he takes on the title role in Robert Carsen’s joyous staging at the Royal Opera. 
****1
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Revolutionary jungle fever: Verdi's Alzira in Buxton

James Cleverton (Gusmano) and Jung Soo Yun (Zamoro) © Richard Hubert Smith
A spirited account of Verdi's early opera in its first professional UK staging, nowhere near as “ugly” as Verdi would have had us believe. 
****1
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A beautiful but lifeless Nabucco in Prague

Martin Bárta (Nabucco) © Patrik Borecký
José Cura shines as a designer but brings surprisingly little staging expertise to his latest directorial effort.
***11
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Shame, camera, action: Verdi's La traviata at Longborough

Anna Patalong (Violetta) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
Daisy Evans' take on Verdi's iconic tale of love stymied by the cruelty of others is characteristically innovative and insightful, while also blessed with a remarkable central performance from Anna Patalong. 
****1
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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Songs of innocence and experience: Falstaff at Garsington

Henry Waddington (Falstaff) © Clive Barda
Bruno Ravella's fast-paced Falstaff for Garsington still has crucial space for pathos amid the comedy, with a notably subtle central performance from Henry Waddington.  
****1
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Country-house Ball: Verdi at Grange Park Opera

Claire Rutter (Amelia) and Vincenzo Costanzo (Riccardo) © Robert Workman
Grange Park Opera’s enjoyable new production of Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera looks a little homespun on stage, but has plenty of musical compensations.
***11
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