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 Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino 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 2013 bicentenary of his birth was widely celebrated in broadcasts and performances.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Faszination Oper: Festspiele der Grossen Stars Various Artists 1
1993 Favourite Opera Duets Various Artists 1
1993 Favourite Operatic Arias Maria Callas 1
1993 Great Moments of Opera, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Harry Enfield's Guide to Opera Opera North English Northern Philharmonia 1
1993 Jussi Bjorling - Rare and Alternative Recordings 1933-1949 Jussi Björling 1
1993 Le più belle marce di tutti i tempi Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic 1
1993 Lovers Concerto, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1993 Masters of the Opera 1642-1926 Various Artists 1
1993 Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix Montserrat Caballé 1
1993 Nessun Dorma Luciano Pavarotti 1
1993 Opera Classics Plácido Domingo 5 2
1993 Opera Gala Highlights Various Artists 1
1993 Popular Arias And Choruses Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 7: For Oboe Various Artists 1
1993 Symphony on the Green Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Naxos 9 Various Artists 1
1993 The Cambridge Singers Collection The Cambridge Singers, John Rutter, City of London Sinfonia 1
1993 The Great Maria Callas Maria Callas 1
1993 The Naxos Collection 11: Classical Music for Meditation and Dreaming Various Artists 1
1993 The Ultimate Trumpet Collection Maurice André 2
1993 Tranquil Seas - from American Express Various Artists 1
1994 Die erste Wahl: Höhepunkte aus dem Decca Katalog Various Artists 1
1994 Konzert für Millionen Various Artists 1
1994 Aria: A Passion for Opera Various Artists 1
1994 Caruso in Love Enrico Caruso 1
1994 Essential Opera 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Power Classics Various Artists 1
1994 A Flavour of Pickwick for 1994 Various Artists 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 46: Callas Various Artists 1
1994 The Ultimate Overtures Collection Various Artists 1
1994 Marches: The Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Opera for People Who Hate Opera Various Artists 1
1994 Cinema Classics 9 Various Artists 1
1994 The Magical World of Opera Various Artists 1
1994 The Most Famous Opera Arias Various Artists 1
1994 Opera To Die For Various Artists 1
1994 Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy: My Favorite Love Songs Various Artists 1
1994 Mad About Mad About Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 La Divina 3 Maria Callas 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1994 100 Fiedler Favorites Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1994 Classics at the Movies Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da Música, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 8 Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias Da Música, Volume 9 Various Artists 1
1994 Greatest Hits: Marches Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
1994 100 Golden Classics: The World's Greatest Classical Works Various Artists 1
1994 100% Classics Various Artists 1
1994 A Celebration of Light - Classical Favorites Various Artists 1
1994 A Treasury of All-Time Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Allegro Al Dente: Pasta & Opera Various Artists 1
1994 Ballet Music from Famous Operas Various Artists 1
1994 Casta diva Montserrat Caballé 1
1994 Classical Ecstasy: exploring the tingle factor Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Gallery Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Moods: Tranquility Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Thunder II Various Artists 1
1994 Dining and the Opera in Manhattan Various Artists 1
1994 Faszination Oper Vol. 15 Various Artists 1
1994 Favourite Marches Various Artists 1
1994 Gala der drei Tenöre Die drei Tenöre 1
1994 Gateway to Classical Music, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Golden Age of the Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Grandi Voci: Carlo Bergonzi Carlo Bergonzi 1
1994 Great Classical Overtures Various Artists 1
1994 John Cargher: For Your Pleasure Various Artists 1
1994 L'Univers du classique Various Artists 1
1994 Mad About "Mad About" Various Artists 1
1994 Mega Classic Various Artists 1
1994 O Fortuna: Gesänge von Glück und Lebensfreude Various Artists 1
1994 Orchester Probespiel - Test Pieces for Orchestral Auditions Various Artists 1
1994 Pavarotti Präsentiert: Die schönsten Verdi-Opern Various Artists 2
1994 Pavarotti's Opera Made Easy: My Favorite Opera for Everyone Various Artists 1
1994 Romantic Classic, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1994 Romantic Times Various Artists 1
1994 The Pulse of Sony Classical Various Artists 1
1994 The Simply Classical Collection - V5: Opera's Legendary Performances Various Artists 1
1994 The Sound of Opera Various Artists 1
1994 The Voice of Opera Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman, Plácido Domingo, Montserrat Caballé, José Carreras 1
1994 Top of the Spot Classic Various Artists 1
1994 Viva Domingo! Plácido Domingo mit berühmten Opernarien und Szenen Plácido Domingo 1
1994 Your Hundred Best Tunes: The Top 20 Various Artists 1
1995 40 Greatest Classics Various Artists 1
1995 Crimes of Passion Various Artists 1
1995 Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön Fritz Wunderlich 1
1995 300 Years of Classical Music Various Artists 1
1995 125 All Time Classical Favorites Various Artists 1
1995 All Time Opera Greats Various Artists 1
1995 The World's Greatest Opera Arias Various Artists 1
1995 A Night at the Opera Various Artists 1
1995 Aria II: A Passion for Opera Various Artists 2
1995 Maestro of the Met: James Levine & Friends James Levine 1
1995 Absolute Opera 2 Various Artists 1

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