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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
January 2017
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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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Verdi: Nabucco
Paolo Arrivabeni; Keith Warner; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Tilo Steffens; Julia Müer; Dalibor Jenis; Liudmyla Monastyrska


Verdi: Aida
Marco Comin; János Mohácsi; Hungarian State Opera; Khell Zsolt; Kriszta Remete; István Kovács; Ferenc Cserhalmi


Verdi: Nabucco
Guillermo García Calvo; Günter Krämer; Vienna State Opera; Falk Bauer; Leo Nucci; Anna Smirnova; Ilseyar Khayrullova

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Verdi: Il trovatore
Marco Armiliato; Daniele Abbado; Vienna State Opera; Graziano Gregori; Carla Teti; Ludovic Tézier; Anna Netrebko


Verdi: Otello
Marco Armiliato; Christine Mielitz; Vienna State Opera; Christian Floeren; Peter Seiffert; Véronique Gens


Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Houston Grand Opera Orchestra; Patrick Summers; Angela Meade; Sasha Cooke; Alexey Dolgov; Peixin Chen

BarcelonaGregory Kunde and Juan Jesús Rodríguez

Verdi, Leoncavallo, Puccini, Giordano
Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu; Manuel Coves; Gregory Kunde; Juan Jesús Rodriguez

SheffieldVerdi Aida

Verdi: Aida
Ellen Kent; Ellen Kent Opera and Ballet; Liza Kadelnik; Olga Perrier
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