Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)

Giuseppe Verdi (picture: Tully Potter)Giuseppe Verdi (picture: Tully Potter)


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. Read the full biography

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Verdi – 10 Essential Recordings

New to Verdi? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...

  1. Aida
  2. Rigoletto
  3. La traviata
  4. Un ballo in maschera
  5. Otello
  6. Requiem
  7. Simon Boccanegra
  8. Falstaff
  9. Don Carlo
  10. Macbeth

Building your Collection

Select a musical category below to explore the finest Verdi recordings available.

Orchestral Vocal Opera

Overtures Requiem Selected Arias



Un ballo in maschera

Don Carlo



La forza del destino






Simon Boccanegra

La traviata

Il trovatore

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