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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi ( Italian:  [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi] ; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer.

Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini , Gaetano Donizetti , and Gioachino Rossini , whose works significantly influenced him, becoming one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his 'middle period': Rigoletto , Il trovatore and La traviata , and the 2013 bicentenary of his birth was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances.

Adrian Noble’s production is merely functional – costumes and sets are pleasant to look at – but everything seemed like empty gesturing. Some elementary faults could easily be corrected (singers too often took too much time to leave in moments when they should not be there or to get to the spotwhere they were supposed to do something).

* Reviewers tend to use the word “Slavic” as some sort of flaw, what makes little sense if one thinks of the many and many excellent Slavic singers who even sometimes do not sound “Slavic-in-the-bad-sense-given-to-this-word”. However, it is a shortcut to describe a singer with guttural/vibrant/metallic voice when he or she comes from that part of the world.

Well, Jerold. It semes that the thrill is gone… I don’t know if retirement is the word here. Maybe rethinking his repertoire. In any case, maybe if he had the Vienna Philharmonic as in the old days, things would have turned out differently. I don’t know.

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi ( Italian:  [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi] ; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer.

Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini , Gaetano Donizetti , and Gioachino Rossini , whose works significantly influenced him, becoming one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his 'middle period': Rigoletto , Il trovatore and La traviata , and the 2013 bicentenary of his birth was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances.


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