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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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SheffieldAustonley Brass and Neil Taylor - A Symphony of Sensational Sounds

Williams, Verdi, Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell, Mascagni, Saint-Saëns, Mangione
Jez Ainsworth; Austonley Brass; Neil Taylor; Neale Hobson; Dave Moore

BerlinDon Carlo(s)

Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Marco Arturo Marelli; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Dagmar Niefind; Giacomo Prestia; Teodor Ilincăi

ZürichUn ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Fabio Luisi; David Pountney; Zurich Opera; Raimund Bauer; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Otar Jorjikia; George Petean

MunichLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Andrea Battistoni; Günter Krämer; Bavarian State Opera; Andreas Reinhardt; Carlo Diappi; Diana Damrau; Arturo Chacón-Cruz

MadridVerdi

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orquesta Nacional de España; David Afkham; Camilla Nylund; Véronica Simeoni; Saimir Pirgu; Christopher Purves

SavonlinnaRigolettoNew production

Verdi: Rigoletto
Philippe Auguin; Sir David McVicar; Tanya McCallin; Kiril Manolov; Tuuli Takala; Ramë Lahaj

MadridMacbeth

Verdi: Macbeth
James Conlon; Teatro Real; Plácido Domingo; Anna Pirozzi; Brian Jagde; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

LondonLondon Concert Choir: A Night at the Opera

Mozart, Stravinsky, Verdi, Bizet, Wagner
Mark Forkgen; London Concert Choir; Erica Eloff; Jeanette Ager; Alexander James Edwards
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Macbeth in the deep south

Director Emma Dante revives Verdi's Macbeth for Turin's Teatro Regio, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda.
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A bronze-toned lion: Kaufmann debuts as Otello

After all the speculation, Jonas Kaufmann made his role debut as Otello at The Royal Opera – an impressive, if not unqualified, success. 
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Ekaterina Bakanova a touchingly fragile Violetta

Two years ago, Russian soprano Ekaterina Bakanova was thrust into her Royal Opera debut, stepping in at short notice as Violetta. Her triumph was enough for the powers that be to offer her a run of five performances this month.
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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

That both the lead and a second key role were ill and couldn’t sing did not bode well, yet this performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera shook up the house nonetheless.
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An operatic big hitter: Juan Diego Flórez

This was less a concert of two halves than one of two tenors: able to dramatise the music of Puccini and Verdi far more effectively than his earlier Mozart, Flórez came alive.
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Quinn Kelsey excels as Rigoletto in San Francisco

If you love Verdi's inventive music, enjoy fabulous male voices in particular, and appreciate great opera conducting with exquisitely sensitive orchestral playing – then this Rigoletto is a must.
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A strong Violetta carries an uninspired Traviata revival

Tom Cairns' production feels empty and distracted, but Kristina Mkhitaryan was a sensational Violetta, strongly reinforced by an impressive Germont from Igor Golovatenko.
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Don Carlo revival fails to completely catch fire

Has Health and Safety finally caught up with the Spanish Inquisition? A flameless auto-da-fé and some low-key individual performances meant this revival took time to hit its stride. 
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