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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
April 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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ViennaUn Ballo in Maschera

Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Jesús López-Cobos; Gianfranco de Bosio; Vienna State Opera; Emanuele Luzzati; Santuzza Calì; Piotr Beczała; George Petean

MunichLa traviata

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


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

OviedoOviedo Filarmonía

Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini
Oviedo Filarmonía; Marzio Conti; Piotr Beczała; Coro de la Ópera de Oviedo

BerlinLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Nicholas Carter; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Klaus Bruns; Patrizia Ciofi; Antonio Poli

GothenburgLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Giancarlo Andretta; David Radok; Göteborg Opera; Lars-Åke Thessman; Ann-Mari Anttila; Kerstin Avemo; Bülent Bezdüz


Verdi: Nabucco
Jakub Klecker; György Selmeczi; Janáček Opera NTB; Karel Drgáč; Josef Jelínek

LondonRosenblatt Recital: Lise Davidsen

Grieg, Cherubini, Sibelius, Verdi, Giordano, Mascagni, Strauss R., Weber, Wagner
Lise Davidsen; James Baillieu
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An opulent Pines of Rome in Houston

In a program of vivid Italian work, violinist Elina Välhälä, performing Corigliano's violin concerto, seemed to transform into a formidable sprite.
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Don Carlo in Zagreb: a feast for musicologists

Octogenarian maestro Elio Boncompagni has dug deep into the plethora of Don Carlos partiture and come up with a precious musical treasure. Derek Gimpel's direction disappoints.
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Pharaonic spectacle: Aida in Moravia

A night of Egyptian musical and scenic splendour.
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A tawdry travesty of a Traviata in Warsaw

Mariusz Treliński's Traviata had nothing to do with Dumas, Piave or Verdi. It's as if he confused La Dame aux camélias with Lulu.
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Rich pickings from Ivan Magrì's Rosenblatt Recital

Ivan Magrì's exemplary technique and strong delivery in his London recital debut left his audience hoping for a return visit to the Rosenblatt series in the imminent future.
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Stoyanova triumphs in The Met's Aida

The Metropolitan Opera’s now 29-year old production of Aida is still standing and still looking good.
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A Verdi pilgrimage to Liège for Jérusalem

Stefano Mazzonis di Pralafera, artistic director at the Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège, presents at plucky new staging of Verdi's rarely seen Jérusalem
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Homoki’s Rigoletto brings the Bundesliga to Hamburg

At least the colour-coded characters in Andreas Homoki’s farcical production made it easy to know which team to barrack for.
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