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Giuseppe Verdi
1813 – 1901

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian Romantic composer, best known for his operas, including Rigoletto, Otello and Falstaff.


He was the son of an innkeeper and showed talent from an early age. While he was earning his living as an organist, he began writing operas in Milan; In 1839 his Oberto was successfully performed at La Scala in Milan and initiated Verdi's long collaboration with the publisher Giulio Ricordi. His next opera, Un Giorno di Regno (1840), failed. Worse still, Verdi's two young daughters and his wife died.


He overcame his despair by composing Nabucco (1842); it was a sensational success and it was followed by the equally successful I Lombardi (1843). For the rest of the decade, he wrote a hit opera every year.


As an ardent nationalist, he was considered a great national personality. After composing his Requiem (1874), he withdrew, but when Ricordi brought him together with the poet and composer Arrigo Boito to initially revise Simon Boccanegra, their mutual appreciation led to the two great operas of Verdi's age, Otello ( 1886) and Falstaff (1890).

1813 - 1901 Giuseppe Verdi - Nabuco (Gef
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1813 - 1901 Giuseppe Verdi - Aida (Marsc
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