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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
October 2017
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Matinee performance

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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BarcelonaUn ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Renato Palumbo; Vincent Boussard; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Vincent Lemaire; Christian Lacroix; Piotr Beczała; Carlos Álvarez


Verdi: Nabucco
Gergely Kesselyák; Hungarian State Opera; Edit Zeke; Janó Papp; Mihály Kalmandy; Alexandru Agache

GothenburgVerdi's Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Gothenburg Symphony; Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Gothenburg Symphony Choir; Marita Solberg; Tuija Knihtilä; Merunas Vitulskis


Verdi: Rigoletto
Giorgio D'Alonzo; Roberto Recchia; Wexford Festival Opera; Charles Rice; Giuliana Gianfaldoni; Coburn Aidan

HoustonLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Eun Sun Kim; Arin Arbus; Houston Grand Opera; Riccardo Hernandez; Cait O'Connor; Albina Shagimuratova; Dimitri Pittas

BarcelonaUn ballo in maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Renato Palumbo; Vincent Boussard; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Vincent Lemaire; Christian Lacroix; Fabio Sartori; Giovanni Meoni


Verdi: Nabucco
Nello Santi; Daniele Abbado; Teatro alla Scala; Alison Chitty; Leo Nucci; Martina Serafin


Verdi: Nabucco
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Keith Warner; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Tilo Steffens; Julia Müer; Željko Lučić; Ivan Inverardi
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Verdi’s family drama: Die Räuber at the Volksoper

In the city of Freud there is nothing like a bit of family drama to put one in the mood for a great season of opera!
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Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns

A mural depicting Etna erupting is the only hint of Sicily in Stefan Herheim’s opulent staging, returning to Covent Garden for the first time since the Royal Opera’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations in 2013. 
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Surrealist Rigoletto impresses at the Lyric

The Lyric Opera’s new production of Rigoletto evokes visually the contours and high-contrast relief of a surrealist painting. 
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An Old School Boccanegra in Naples

A production which did not make a strong impression in Naples, despite a first rate cast. 
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An Italian journey for Cleveland Orchestra gala

For The Cleveland Orchestra’s gala concert, music director Franz Welser-Möst offered a crowd-pleasing program of works inspired by Italy.
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Spano Conducts a Concert Version Otello in Atlanta

With Verdi's Otello, Music Director Robert Spano continues a recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tradition of presenting grand operatic works in a concert hall version
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A dark masquerade in Barcelona

A dark minimalist inspiration for Vincent Boussard’s co-production of the Boston version of Un ballo in maschera, returning to the Gran Teatre del Liceu after 16 years.
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Singing carries the show in new Prague Ballo

The National Theatre opens its new season with a Verdi favorite short on substance but lovely to hear.
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