What Are Some of Giuseppe Verdi's Operas?


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Giuseppe Verdi's most famous operas include "Rigoletto" (1851), "La Traviata" (1853), "Aida" (1871) and "Falstaff" (1893). Verdi nearly dominated the Italian opera scene from the mid- to late 19th century, composing some 28 operas in all.

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What Are Some of Giuseppe Verdi's Operas?
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Musicologists classify Verdi's prolific operatic career into four distinct periods based on his musical influences at the time. The Rossini-influenced period (1839-1848) includes the operas "Nabucco," "Erani" and "Macbeth." His period of character development (1849-1854) features "Rigoletto," "Il Trovatore" and "La Traviata." The Grand Opera period (1855-1872) includes "Don Carlos," "Aida" and "La Forza del Destino." In his final period (1873-1893), Verdi's came into his own with the operas "Otello" and "Falstaff."

Verdi's distinct melodic style and strong musical themes have endured the test of time and can be heard often in today's culture, such as the aria "La donna ? mobile" from "Rigoletto." The Grand March from "Aida" often accompanies commercials for Italian food products.

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