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: I Due Foscari / Pappano, Domingo, Meli, Agresta
Release Date: 05/27/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1207   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Otello / O'Neill, Finley, Davis, London SO
Release Date: 10/12/2010   Label: Lso Live  
Catalog: 700   Number of Discs: 2
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Verdi: Rigoletto / Demuro, Nucci, Machaidze, Zanetti [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: C Major  
Catalog: 723304   Number of Discs: 1
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Verdi: Aida / Pappano, Harteros, Kaufmann, Schrott
Release Date: 10/02/2015   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 552766   Number of Discs: 3
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Verdi: Attila / Muti, Ramey, Studer, Et Al
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 3010   Number of Discs: 1
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    Opera Gold: 100 Great Tracks
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002503602 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Luciano Pavarotti,  Marilyn Horne,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Mirella Freni  ... 
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  • 2.
    Great Verdi Voices / Munich Radio Orchestra
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900313 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Neil Shicoff,  Julia Varády,  José Carreras  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Franci,  Heinz Wallberg,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Kurt Eichhorn  ... 
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  • 3.
    This is my Verdi / Amarilli Nizza
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7721 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Amarilli Nizza
    Conductor:  Gianluca Martinenghi
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    Alieva & Antonenko - Verdi, Puccini, Tchaikovsky
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3477 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Aleksandrs Antonenko,  Dinara Alieva
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
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  • 5.
    Callas Portrays Verdi Heroines
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 634015 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Nicola Rescigno
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Society of the Conservatory Concerts Orchestra
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    Maria Callas Remastered - Complete Studio Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633991 Release Date: 09/23/2014   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Richard Wagner,  Amilcare Ponchielli,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Gianni Poggi,  Fedora Barbieri,  Paolo Silveri  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Basile,  Antonino Votto,  Gabriele Santini,  Tullio Serafin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Turin,  Italian Radio Chorus Turin,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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    Most Wanted Recitals! Verdi: Great Scenes From Aida
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002110002 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Birgit Nilsson
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
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    Verdi: Arias / Krassimira Stoyanova
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 885141 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Krassimira Stoyanova
    Conductor:  Pavel Baleff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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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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  • 11.
    50 Best Verdi
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 338302 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    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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    60 Jahre Munchner Rundfunkorchester: Great Singers Live
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900309 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Nicolai Ghiaurov,  Lucia Popp,  Hermann Prey  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ghiaurov,  Kurt Eichhorn,  Georges Prętre,  Alfredo Antonini  ... 
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  • 13.
    The Edison Legacy Vol. 2
    Label: Marston   Catalog: 53014 Release Date: 12/18/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Charles Gounod,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Adelina Agostinelli,  Carlo Albani,  Oreste Benedetti,  Celestina Boninsegna  ... 
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  • 14.
    Maria Callas Sings Verdi
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 668 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi
    Performer:  Maria Callas
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Antonino Votto,  Herbert von Karajan
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    Icon: Maria Callas - La Divina
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 23401 Release Date: 09/18/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Giuseppe Morresi,  Ebe Stignani,  Raffaele Arié  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prętre
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Chorus,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 16.
    Maria Callas - The Studio Recitals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 59776 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Francesco Cilča,  Umberto Giordano,  Alfredo Catalani  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Monica Sinclair,  John Lanigan,  Joseph Rouleau  ... 
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Nicola Rescigno,  Georges Prętre,  Antonio Tonini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus  ... 
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    The Callas Effect [Standard Edition]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 84362 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Léo Delibes  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Callas,  Renato Ercolani,  Carlo Forti
    Conductor:  Tullio Serafin,  Franco Ghione,  Georges Prętre,  Nicola Rescigno  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Lisbon San Carlos National Theater Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Popular Opera Arias
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300250 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Hermann [Baritone Vocal] Prey,  Ruth-Margaret Pütz,  Franz Crass,  Annelies Burmeister  ... 
    Conductor:  Otmar Suitner,  Siegfried Kurz,  Giuseppe Patané,  Horst Stein  ... 
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    Label: Urania   Catalog: 153254 Release Date: 07/01/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi,  Athos Cesarini,  Giorgio Favaretto,  Giacinto Prandelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Erede,  Nino Sanzogno,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
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  • 21.
    Great Singers Live - Margaret Price
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900305 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Margaret Price
    Conductor:  Leopold Hager,  Heinz Wallberg,  Thomas Fulton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Orchestra
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    Great Singers Live - Mirella Freni
    Label: Br Klassik   Catalog: 900303 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Cilča,  Giacomo Puccini,  Georges Bizet,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Mirella Freni
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ghiaurov,  Kurt Eichhorn
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  • 23.
    Renata Tebaldi Sings Puccini & Verdi Favourites
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1133 Release Date: 03/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini
    Performer:  Renata Tebaldi
    Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Alberto Erede
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra,  Geneva Grand Theatre Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Johanna Gadski - Recordings 1903-1914
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10091 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Johanna Gadski,  Enrico Caruso,  Pasquale Amato,  Louise Homer  ... 
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    Verdi; Puccini, Tchaikovsky, Giordano / Mirella Freni
    Label: Orfeo D'or   Catalog: 806102 Release Date: 08/31/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Giacomo Puccini,  Umberto Giordano
    Performer:  Mirella Freni,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Placido Domingo,  Luis Lima  ... 
    Conductor:  Roberto Abbado,  Hans Graf,  James Levine,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Orchestra
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