Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (photo: Tully Potter)
Born: 1813
Died: 1901

Verdi was never a theoretician or academic, though he was quite able to write a perfectly poised fugue if he felt inclined. What makes him, with Puccini, the most popular of all opera composers is the ability to dream up glorious melodies with an innate understanding of the human voice, to express himself directly, to understand how the theatre works, and to score with technical brilliance, colour and originality.

Discover Verdi's life and music...

Macbeth: a complete guide

Richard Wigmore reveals Verdi's creative process, Gianandrea Noseda provides unique insights, plus we give a guide to the greatest recordings... Read more

La traviata: a complete guide

Mike Ashman looks into the opera's genesis, Renée Fleming reflects on the role of Violetta, plus a guide to the key recordings... Read more

Aida: a complete guide

Richard Wigmore explores Verdi's creative process, Sir Mark Elder reflects on Verdi's masterpiece, plus we give a guide to the greatest recordings... Read more

Falstaff: a complete guide

Jeremy Nicholas reveals Verdi's creative process, Bryn Terfel discusses the challenges of Falstaff, plus a guide to key recordings... Read more

'Domingo's Dream Role'

Plácido Domingo has been dubbed a ‘supertenor’, yet his true dream is about to be realised – and it’s a baritone part. In a rare interview, he takes Harvey Sachs inside his preparation for Verdi's Simon Boccanegra... Read more

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