Giuseppe Verdi was an Italian composer who created music during the 19th century. Some of his best-known operas include "Aida," "La Traviata," "Otello" and "Falstaff."Continue Reading
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born in Le Roncole on Oct. 10, 1813, to a moderately well-off family. He developed his musical education with the assistance of a local patron. As his skills grew, he dominated the Italian opera scene. The works of Bellini, Rossini and Donizetti influenced him significantly. He became one of the most eminent opera composers of the 19th century.
With his early operas, Verdi felt connected with the Risorgimento movement, which strove towards the unification of Italy. During his life, he acted briefly as an elected politician, and some choruses in his operas were a reflection of his unification ideals, so much so that he was regarded as a representative of the movement. Verdi was a very private person, and he was not interested in ingratiating himself with other popular movements. He later reduced his workload and surprised the musical world when he returned with three masterpieces: the "Requiem," "Otello" and "Falstaff."
His operas remained popular over the centuries, and in 2013 the musical world celebrated the bicentenary of Verdi's birth with performances all over the world.Learn more about Art & Literature