Giuseppe Verdi

Biography

Born: Oct 9, 1813; Italy   Died: Jan 27, 1901; Italy   Period: Romantic
Giuseppe Verdi was to opera in the Italian tradition what Beethoven was to the symphony. When he arrived on the scene some had suggested that effective opera after Rossini was not possible. Verdi, however, took the form to new heights of drama and musical expression. Partisans see him as at least the equal of Wagner, even though his style and musical persona were of an entirely different cast. In the end, both Verdi's popular vein -- as heard in Read more the operas Rigoletto, Il trovatore, and La traviata -- and his deeper side -- found in Aida, Otello, and Falstaff -- demonstrate his mastery and far-reaching development of Italian opera.
Verdi showed talent by the age of seven and even played organ at a local church. Around this time he was given an old piano, which he quickly learned to play with proficiency. He moved to Busseto in 1823 and began study the following year with Ferdinando Provesi. By age 15 he had become an assistant church organist and had already started composing. Beginning in 1832, he studied privately with Vincenzo Lavigna in Milan, after the Conservatory there turned him away.
He returned to Busseto and married Margherita Barezzi in 1836. Having achieved publication of some songs, he moved to Milan in 1839 and composed his first opera, Oberto. It was a success, though his next effort, Un giorno di regno, was an abject failure. Worse, Verdi's wife died during its composition. (Their two children had died in the previous two years.) Stunned and depressed, the composer struggled on to rebound with Nabucco (1842) and I lombardi (1843). Macbeth, Luisa Miller, and other operas came in the 1840s, most with great success.
Around 1847, Verdi developed a relationship with soprano Giuseppina Strepponi and the two lived together for many years on Verdi's farm, Sant'Agata, before finally marrying in 1859. In the period 1851-1853, the composer wrote three of his most popular operas. Rigoletto (1851) and Il trovatore (1853) were instant successes, but La traviata (1853) was a disappointment at its premiere, though a year later, with minor revisions, it was warmly received. After an extended excursion to Paris in 1853, Verdi returned to Busseto and turned out Simon Boccanegra (1857) and Un ballo in maschera (1859), both embroiling him in politics, an activity he was already immersed in, since he served in the local parliament and later in national parliament as senator. In St. Petersburg, Verdi's La forza del destino premiered in 1862 and Don Carlos in Paris in 1867.
Having relocated to Genoa, Verdi composed Aida in the years 1870-1871. Its Cairo premiere in 1871 was a success, but the composer then gave up opera, at least for a time. His String Quartet (1873) and Requiem (1874) showed his creative juices were still very much alive. His next opera, Otello, came finally in 1886, Verdi working slowly and getting sidetracked revising earlier operas. One more opera came from his pen, Falstaff, in 1893, which scored a stunning success. Critical opinion has it that his last three operas are his finest, that the elderly composer became bolder and more imaginative in his later years.
In these later years, Verdi also worked to found a hospital and, in Milan, a home for retired musicians. In 1897, Giuseppina Verdi died and the composer thereafter lived at the Grand Hotel in Milan, finding companionship with retired soprano Teresa Stolz. A year later, his Quatro pezzi sacri premiered in Paris. This would be the composer's last work. On January 21, 1901, Verdi suffered a stroke and died six days later. Read less
Verdi: Otello / Vickers, Serafin, Rome Opera Orchestra
Release Date: 04/29/2016   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 88875196362   Number of Discs: 2
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Carreras, Domingo, Pavarotti: The 3 Tenors Sing Puccini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bizet, Wagner And More
Release Date: 09/11/2015   Label: Rca  
Catalog: 88697757882   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: La Traviata / Serafin, de los Angeles, Opera di Roma
Release Date: 07/08/2016   Label: Urania Records  
Catalog: WS121.145   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera (Highlights) / Leech, Rizzi, Welsh National Opera Orchestra
Release Date: 06/14/2004   Label: Apex  
Catalog: 4615042   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Aida / Solti, Price, Vickers, Merrill
Release Date: 07/12/2011   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001572702   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: La traviata: Act 1 Prelude

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    Verdi: Requiem / Fricsay, RIAS Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 284 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Gabor Carelli,  Oralia Dominguez,  Ivan Sardi,  Maria Stader
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RIAS Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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    Tenor Tenore!  / Yinjia Gong
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2066 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Yinjia Gong
    Conductor:  Markus Lehtinen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lahti Symphony Orchestra
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    My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49294 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Richard Conte,  Andrew Ennis
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini: The Great Recordings 1929-1954
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 121247 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Jan Peerce,  Vivian della Chiesa,  Nicola Moscona,  Leonard [Baritone Vocal] Warren  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete DG Recordings, Vol 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    New Year's Concert 2013 - Live From Teatro La Fenice / Gardiner
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 101698 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Désirée Rancatore,  Saimir Pirgu
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venice Teatro la Fenice Orchestra,  Venice Teatro la Fenice Chorus
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    ... In Un Soffio! / Zephyrus Flute Orchestra
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33955 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zephyrus
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    Verdi: Overtures For Organ Four Hands / Celeghin, Iannella
    Label: Tactus   Catalog: 812204 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Silvio Celeghin,  Federica Iannella
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  János Kulka,  Alberto Erede,  Bruno Bartoletti  ... 
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    Verdi: Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001875202 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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    Fifty Shades Of Emotions
    Label: Belmondo   Catalog: 53 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Samuel Barber,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilča  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adrianne Pieczonka,  Bo Skovhus,  Renato Girolami,  Janusz Monarcha  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Halász,  Will Humburg,  Alexander Rahbari,  Rico Saccani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Hungarian Radio Chorus,  Failoni Orchestra Budapest  ... 
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    Verdi: Opera Choruses, Overtures & Ballet Music / Muti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 98015 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Dolora Zajic
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music,
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    Toscanini Collection Vol 51 - Overtures
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60310 Release Date: 03/24/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Bedrich Smetana,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Italian Album / Timothy Richards, Wilhelm Keitel, Minsk Orchestra
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9091664 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Timothy Richards
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Keitel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minsk Orchestra
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    Dinner Classics
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 9063 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Luigi Boccherini,  Anton Rubinstein,  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Deborah Sipkai,  János Bálint,  Dénes Várjon  ... 
    Conductor:  Béla Bánfalvi,  Janos Kovács,  Emil Tabakov,  Pavel Urbanek  ... 
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    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 50206 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jacques Loussier,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anders Soldh  ... 
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  • 22.
    Rossini, Verdi: Overtures / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 423218 Release Date: 12/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Glinka, Ponchielli, Berlioz: Overtures, Marches & Dances / Simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28350 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ambroise Thomas,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Best Verdi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Richard Van Allan,  Keith Erwen,  Delia Wallis,  Ferruccio Mazzoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Tullio Serafin,  Riccardo Muti,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
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    Best Verdi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Placido Domingo,  Rolando Villazón,  Renato Bruson,  Nicolai Gedda  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Marcello Viotti,  Giuseppe Patané,  Julius Rudel  ... 
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