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Viva Verdi! (11)

Celebrating two hundred years of Giuseppe Verdi

Verdi had to struggle to establish his fame, he became nonetheless the most influential operatic composer of his generation. Mastering both historical frescos (Aida, Il Trovatore, Don Carlo and Un Ballo in maschera) and social depiction of his contemporaries (La Traviata), Verdi combined entrancing melodies with acute psychological depiction of the characters. Inspired as well by Shakespear’s dramatic genius, Verdi drew his inspiration from the Bard of Avon on three occasions. With Macbeth, Otello and Falstaff, he explored musically the depth of human avidity or, at the opposite, the joyfulness suited for opera buffa.

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