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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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ViennaJubiläumskonzert „150 Jahre Opernhaus am Ring“

Wagner, Beethoven, Verdi, Mozart, Massenet, Korngold, Dvořák, Strauss R., Tchaikovsky, Gounod, Halévy, Puccini
Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera; Marco Armiliato; Olga Bezsmertna; Aleksandra Kurzak; Valentina Naforniţă; Camilla Nylund

LeipzigLa traviata

© Tom Schulze
Verdi: La traviata
Enrico Calesso; Andreas Homoki; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Frank Philipp Schlössmann; Gabriele Jaenecke; Olena Tokar

LondonVerdi Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Philharmonia Orchestra; Ivor Setterfield; Barts Choir; Anna Patalong; Marta Fontanals-Simmons; David Butt Philip

LeedsAida

Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Verdi: Aida
Sir Richard Armstrong; Annabel Arden; Opera North; Joanna Parker; Alexandra Zabala; Rafael Rojas

PooleMacbethNew production

© Creative Feast
Verdi: Macbeth
Gerry Cornelius; James Dacre; English Touring Opera; Frankie Bradshaw; Grant Doyle; Madeleine Pierard; Tanya Hurst

BarcelonaRundfunkchor Berlin Verdi's Requiem participatory

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya; Simon Halsey; Iwona Sobotka; Ruzana Grigorian; Carlo Colombara; Rundfunkchor Berlin

Los AngelesLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
James Conlon; Marta Domingo; LA Opera; Adela Zaharia; Ramë Lahaj; Charles Castronovo

ManchesterAida

Aida
Verdi: Aida
Sir Richard Armstrong; Annabel Arden; Opera North; Joanna Parker; Alexandra Zabala; Rafael Rojas
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A glorious Verdi Requiem under Michele Mariotti in Dublin

Michele Mariotti © Victor Santiago
Angela Meade shone in the soprano solo, beautifully backed by leader Tamas Kocsis, in the passage that segues into the stunning "Abraham thou didst promise" section.
****1
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Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne

What do you do when 80 tonnes of water flood your theatre, your sets and costumes? Rescue, reshape and present what you can. That’s what Deutsche Oper am Rhein have had to do in Duisburg.

***11
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Young cast, old production: Opera Australia’s Rigoletto is on song

Amartuvshin Enkhbat (Rigoletto) and Liparit Avetisyan (Duke of Mantua) © Jeff Busby
A much-loved 1991 production evoking Fellini’s post-war glamour and grime is revived with three talented young principals, including Mongolian baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat in the title role.
****1
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A radical approach to an operatic warhorse by Opera North

Alexandra Zabala as Aida and Eric Greene as Amonasro © Clive Barda
Opera North's Aida, directed by Annabel Arden and conducted by Sir Richard Armstrong in Leeds Town Hall, is a welcome radical interpretation in the spirit of the times. 
****1
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A disappointing new Falstaff from Laurent Pelly at the Teatro Real

Roberto De Candia (Falstaff) and Rebecca Evans (Alice) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Comedy fails to spark in Laurent Pelly's new production of Falstaff at the Teatro Real. 
**111
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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, the Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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An evangelical happening in Aix

Teodor Currentzis © Nadia Rosenberg
The musicians of MusicAeterna were impassioned, engaged and energised into a single force in this performance of Verdi's Requiem at the Aix Easter Festival.
****1
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