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: Falstaff / Maestri, Cavalletti, Sorrentino, Buratto, Mehta, Vienna Philharmonic
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Verdi: Il Trovatore / Domingo, Netrebko, Barenboim
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Callas Sings Verdi Arias
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Verdi: La Traviata / Jaho, Stoyanov, Demura, Kovatchev, Verona Arena
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Catalog: 102193   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Macbeth / Sinopoli, Bruson, Zampieri
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Work: La traviata: Act 1 Prelude

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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
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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
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    ... In Un Soffio! / Zephyrus Flute Orchestra
    Label: Stradivarius   Catalog: 33955 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
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    Transcriptions For Clarinet Choir
    Label: Amadeus Arte   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Aram Khachaturian
    Conductor:  Gianluca Campagnolo
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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
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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  ... 
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    Grandioso! - Great Verdi Recordings From Caruso To Pavarotti [7 CD-Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001928802 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Sándor Kónya,  Maria Németh,  Ebe Stignani,  Renata Tebaldi  ... 
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    Karajan - 1970s
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    Verdi: Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001875202 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Verdi, Wagner: Overtures And Preludes
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 121258 Release Date: 07/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner
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    Viva Verdi - Overtures & Preludes / Chailly, Filarmonica Della Scala
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001792102 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
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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  ... 
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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: 03/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Bedrich Smetana,  Ambroise Thomas,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
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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
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    The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra 70th Anniversary - Essential Recordings [12-CD Set]
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 9614 Release Date: 12/07/2010   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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    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
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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
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    Best Verdi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Best Verdi 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 40878 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
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    Omaggio A Tito Schipa: Five Italian Tenors In Concert
    Label: Bongiovanni   Catalog: 2559 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Jules Massenet  ... 
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