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Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi (Composer)

Born: 10th October 1813, Le Roncole

Died: 27th January 1901, Milan

Nationality: Italian

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian composer best known for his operas. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, receiving a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Gioachino Rossini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Vincenzo Bellini, whose works significantly influenced him.

In his early operas, Verdi demonstrated a sympathy with the Risorgimento movement which sought the unification of Italy. He also participated briefly as an elected politician.

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The French baritone is on spine-tingling form in a high-octane programme of arias from operas including La forza del destino, Otello, Don Carlos, and Falstaff.

Interview, Michael Fabiano on Donizetti and Verdi

The charismatic American tenor talks to Katherine about his debut solo recording on Pentatone, centring on two composers who have played a pivotal role in his career to date.

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