Giuseppe Verdi (Italian opera composer)

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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi]; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer.

Verdi was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him, becoming one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.

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. The chorus "Va, pensiero" from his early opera Nabucco (1842), and similar choruses in later operas, were much in the spirit of the unification movement, and the composer himself became esteemed as a representative of these ideals. An intensely private person, Verdi however did not seek to ingratiate himself with popular movements and as he became professionally successful was able to reduce his operatic workload and sought to establish himself as a landowner in his native region. He surprised the musical world by returning, after his success with the opera Aida (1871), with three late masterpieces: his Requiem (1874), and the operas Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893).

His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his 'middle period': Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata, and the bicentenary of his birth in 2013 was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1952 Aïda Verdi - Renata Tebaldi, Mario del Monaco, Ebe Stignani, Aldo Protti, Alberto Erede, Coro E Orchestra Dell'Accademia Di Santa Cecilia 1
1959 Aida Giuseppe Verdi 1
1959 Il trovatore (1956 studio cast) Verdi; del Monaco, Tebaldi, Simionato, Erede 2
1960 Macbeth Verdi; Leonard Warren, Leonie Rysanek, Carlo Bergonzi, Jerome Hines, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Leinsdorf 2
1960 Otello Verdi; del Monaco, Tebaldi, Protti, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan 4
1961 La traviata Verdi; Anna Moffo, Richard Tucker, Robert Merrill, Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Fernando Previtali 5 9
1962 Aïda Verdi; Price, Vickers, Gorr, Merrill, Tozzi, Rome Opera House Orchestra and Chorus, Solti conducting 3
1964 Requiem / Quattro Pezzi Sacri Verdi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Philharmonia Chorus, Carlo Maria Giulini 4
1965 Luisa Miller Giuseppe Verdi; Anna Moffo, Carlo Bergonzi, Shirley Verrett, Cornell MacNeil, Giorgio Tozzi, Ezio Flagello, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra, Fausto Cleva 5 5
1967 Un ballo in maschera Verdi; Price, Bergonzi, Verrett, Merrill, Grist, Flagello, Leinsdorf, RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra and Chorus 1
1968 Ernani (RCA Italiana Orchestra and Chorus) Verdi; Price, Bergonzi, Sereni, Flagello, Schippers 2
1968 Requiem Verdi; Sutherland, Horne, Pavarotti, Talvela, Wiener Staatsopernchor, Wiener Philharmoniker, Solti 2
1970 Il trovatore (1969 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi; Leontyne Price, Plácido Domingo, Sherrill Milnes, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, John McCarthy, New Philharmonia Orchestra, Zubin Mehta 5 6
1971 Un ballo in maschera Verdi; Renata Tebaldi, Luciano Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes, Regina Resnik, Helen Donath, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Chorus of The Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Bruno Bartoletti 5 3
1972 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Rolando Panerai, The John Alldis Choir, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Aldo Ceccato 5 3
1973 Giovanna d'Arco Verdi; Caballé, Domingo, Milnes, London Symphony Orchestra & Ambrosian Opera Chorus, James Levine 5 3
1974 Rigoletto Verdi; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Milnes, Tourangeau, Talvela, London Symphony Orchestra, Bonynge 5 3
1978 Otello Giuseppe Verdi; Plácido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sherrill Milnes, National Philharmonic Orchestra, James Levine 5 6
1980 Rigoletto - Highlights Verdi, Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini, Plácido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubaş, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Елена Образцова, Hanna Schwarz, Kurt Moll 1
1982 Aida Querschnitt (Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1982 La traviata Verdi; Sutherland, Pavarotti, Manuguerra, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Bonynge 4
1982 La traviata (Philharmonia Orchestra feat. conductor: Riccardo Muti, soprano: Renata Scotto, tenor: Alfredo Kraus, baritone: Renato Bruson) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1983 Nabucco Verdi; Orchester & Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Giuseppe Sinopoli 2
1983 Verdi Overtures (Wiener Philharminiker, feat. conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1983 Verdi & Puccini Verdi, Puccini; Kiri Te Kanawa, London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Pritchard 1
1984 Aida Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Chiara, Nicola Martinucci, Fiorenza Cossotto, Giuseppe Scandola, Coro dell’Arena di Verona, Orchestra dell'Arena di Verona & Anton Guadagno 1
1984 Oberto Giuseppe Verdi; Lamberto Gardelli, Carlo Bergonzi, Ghena Dimitrova, Rolando Panerai, Ruža Pospiš-Baldani & Alison Browner 1
1985 Don Carlos (Teatro alla Scala feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1985 Berlioz: Requiem / Boito: Prologue to Mefistofele / Verdi: Te Deum Berlioz, Boito, Verdi; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Robert Shaw 3 1
1985 Il Trovatore (Highlights) Giuseppe Verdi; Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1985 Requiem Verdi; Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Agnes Baltsa, José Carreras, José van Dam, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor, Chor der Nationaloper Sofia, Wiener Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 2
1985 Rigoletto (Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia feat. conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli) Giuseppe Verdi 7
1985 Streichquartett Nr. 10 Es-dur, op. 51 / Streichquartett e-moll Antonín Dvořák, Giuseppe Verdi; Vermeer Quartet 1
1985 Un ballo in maschera: Highlights Giuseppe Verdi 1
1986 Otello Giuseppe Verdi 1
1986 Aida (1974, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Trumpeters of the Royal Military School of Music; New Philharmonia Orchestra feat. Conductor: Riccardo Muti) Verdi; Caballé, Domingo, Muti 3
1986 Aida (Rome Opera Orchestra and Chorus, feat. Conductor Jonel Perlea) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1986 Il trovatore Giuseppe Verdi; Herbert von Karajan, Leontyne Price, Franco Bonisolli, Piero Cappuccilli, Elena Obraztsova, Ruggero Raimondi, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Berliner Philharmoniker 1
1986 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Carlos Kleiber 3
1986 Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi; Philharmonia Orchestra, Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Riccardo Muti, Manuguerra, Luchetti, Ghiaurov, Scotto, Obratzsova 2
1986 Verdi -Nabucco Giuseppe Verdi 1
1987 Messa da Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Coro del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Riccardo Muti 1
1987 Requiem & Operatic Choruses Giuseppe Verdi; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Shaw 1
1987 Il Trovatore Giuseppe Verdi; Maria Callas, Giuseppe Di Stefano, Fedora Barbieri, Rolando Panerai, Coro e Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Herbert von Karajan 3
1987 La traviata (Coro e Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional de São Carlos feat. conductor: Franco Ghione, soprano: Maria Callas, tenor: Alfredo Kraus) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1987 Otello G. Verdi;Jon Vickers, Mirella Freni, Peter Glossop, Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin,Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1987 Rigoletto (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti, singers: Merrill, Moffo, Kraus, Flagello, Elias) Giuseppe Verdi 2
1988 Il Trovatore (Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia feat. conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1988 Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Singverein, Mirella Freni, Christa Ludwig, Carlo Cossutta, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Herbert von Karajan 2
1988 Aida Verdi; Freni, Baltsa, Carreras, Cappuccilli, van Dam, Raimondi, Ricciarelli, Moser, Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Wiener Philharmoniker, Karajan 1
1988 Ernani Giuseppe Verdi; Thomas Schippers, Leontyne Price, Franco Corelli, Mario Sereni & Cesare Siepi 1
1988 Otello Giuseppe Verdi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 1
1988 Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi; Ingvar Wixell, Luciano Pavarotti, Edita Gruberová, Wiener Philharmoniker, Riccardo Chailly, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle 1
1989 Famous Verdi Arias Giuseppe Verdi 3
1989 I Lombardi Verdi; Deutekom, Domingo, Raimondi, Ambrosian Singers, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli 3
1989 Un Giorno di Regno (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra feat. conductor: Lamberto Gardelli) Giuseppe Verdi 2
1989 Aida Giuseppe Verdi; Chiara, Pavarotti, Dimitrova, Nucci, Burchuladze, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Lorin Maazel 1
1989 Stiffelio Giuseppe Verdi; ORF-Chor, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien & Lamberto Gardelli 1
1989 La battaglia di Legnano Giuseppe Verdi; Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien & Lamberto Gardelli 1
1989 Don Carlos Verdi; Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1989 Falstaff (RCA Italiana Opera Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Solti, singers: Evans, Freni, Simionato, Merril) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1989 Il trovatore (Orchestra e coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino feat. conductor: Thomas Schippers) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1989 La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino & Sir John Pritchard 2
1989 Messa per Rossini Giuseppe Verdi et al. 1
1989 Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1989 Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Sharon Sweet, Florence Quivar, Vinson Cole, Simon Estes, Ernst-Senff-Chor, Berliner Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini 1
1989 Rigoletto: Highlights Giuseppe Verdi; Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Bruno Bartoletti, Hilde Güden, Fritz Wunderlich, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau 2
1990 Rigoletto (Rome Opera Orchestra & Chorus, feat. conductor: Jonel Perlea) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1990 Aida's Greatest Hits (Milan Opera Orchestra feat. conductor: Ricardo Alfieri, Chorus of the Munich State Opera, soprano: Eva Illes, tenor: Juan Perez, alto: Ruth Hesse, baritone: Rudolf Knoll, bass: Ernst Wiemann) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1990 La Forza Del Destino Giuseppe Verdi; Thomas Schippers 1
1990 La traviata (Metropolitan Opera Chorus and Orchestra feat. conductor: Richard Bonynge) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1990 Requiem Mozart, Verdi 1
1990 Un Ballo in Maschera (Orchestra and Chorus of the Roayl Opera House Covent Garden, feat. conductor Sir Colin Davis, singers Carreras, Wixell, Caballé)) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1990 Verdi: Nabucco Highlights Giuseppe Verdi 1
1991 Opera Choruses Giuseppe Verdi; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Choir, Oliver Dohnányi 1
1991 Aida (Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus feat conductor: James Levine; Performers: Aprile Millo, Placido Domingo, Dolora Zajick, James Morris, Samuel Ramey) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1991 La traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari, Krause, Ramiro, Tichy 1
1991 Arturo Toscanini Collection, Volume 57: Falstaff Verdi; Arturo Toscanini, NBC Symphony Orchestra, Valdengo, Nelli, Merriman, Elmo, Guarrera, Stich-Randall 1
1991 Alban Berg: Lyric Suite / Giuseppe Verdi: String Quartet in E minor (Vogler Quartett) Berg / Verdi 1
1991 Arias Giuseppe Verdi feat. José Carreras 1
1991 Don Carlo Giuseppe Verdi 1
1991 La Traviata (Coro Cetra & Orchestra Sinfonica della Rai feat. conductor: Gabriele Santini, singers: Callas, Albanese, Savarese) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1991 Otello (Otello:Pavarotti, Te Kanawa, Nucci, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus: Sir George Solti) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1991 Verdi / Falla: Songs (English Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Luciano Berio, tenor: José Carreras) Giuseppe Verdi / Manuel de Falla 1
1992 Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan 3 2
1992 Messa da Requiem Giuseppe Verdi; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Colin Davis 1
1992 La traviata (London Symphony Orchestra feat. conductor: Carlo Rizzi, soprano: Edita Gruberová, tenor: Neil Shicoff, baritone: Giorgio Zancanaro) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1992 Aida (Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milano feat. conductor: Tullio Serafin) (1955 studio cast) Giuseppe Verdi 4
1992 Falstaff Giuseppe Verdi; Rolando Panerai, Marilyn Horne, Sharon Sweet, Alan Titus, Frank Lopardo, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Sir Colin Davis 1
1992 La Traviata Giuseppe Verdi; Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Chorus, James Levine, Cheryl Studer, Luciano Pavarotti, Juan Pons 2
1992 La Traviata (Highlights) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1992 La Traviata (Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera House, Rome feat. conductor: Tullio Serafin) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1992 La Traviata. Selezione Giuseppe Verdi 5 1
1992 Luisa Miller (Metropolitan Opera, James Levine cond.) Giuseppe Verdi 1
1992 Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi; Wiener Philharmoniker, Carlo Maria Giulini, Piero Cappuccilli, Ileana Cotrubaş, Plácido Domingo, Elena Obraztsova, Nicolaï Ghiaurov, Kurt Moll, Hanna Schwarz, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor 3
1992 Verdi par ses plus grands interprètes Giuseppe Verdi 1
1992 Verdi: String Quartet in E minor / Sibelius: String Quartet in D minor, op. 56 "Voces intimae" Verdi, Sibelius; Juilliard String Quartet 1
1993 La Belle Époque Bizet, Lehár, Verdi; Maurice André 1
1993 Requiem Giuseppe Verdi 1
1993 Messa da Requiem / Quattro pezzi sacri (Wiener Philharmoniker feat. conductor: Claudio Abbado) Giuseppe Verdi 1

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