Giuseppe Verdi

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Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) was an Italian composer best known for operas such as Rigoletto, La traviata, and Aida. Verdi is noted for his powerful scores and strong characters where anti-heroes lead the dramatic action through often complex plots. Verdi was hugely successful across Europe in his own lifetime, but he did occasionally stray from opera, most notably with his 1874 Requiem.

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  • 1813 - 1901
    Life of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi.
  • 10 Oct 1813
    Giuseppe Verdi is born in La Roncola (Le Roncole), near Parma.
  • 1831
    Giuseppe Verdi is rejected by the Milan Conservatory.
  • 1836
    Giuseppe Verdi marries Margherita Barezzi.
  • Nov 1839
    Giuseppe Verdi's first opera Oberto is staged at the La Scala theatre in Milan.
  • Jun 1840
    Giuseppe' Verdi's first wife Margherita Barezzi dies.
  • Sep 1840
    Giuseppe Verdi's second opera, Un giorno di regno ('King for a Day') is a total flop at La Scala, Milan.
  • Mar 1842
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco is first staged at La Scala, Milan.
  • 1847
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Macbeth is first staged.
  • 1847
    Giuseppe Verdi begins a love affair with the soprano Giuseppina Strepponi.
  • Jun 1847
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera I masnadieri ('The Brigands') is premiered in London.
  • 1848
    Giuseppe Verdi buys a house and farm at Sant' Agata near Parma.
  • 1849
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera La battaglia di Legnano ('The Battle of Legnano') is first staged.
  • Mar 1851
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto is first staged.
  • Jan 1853
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il trovatore ('The Troubadour') is first staged.
  • Jan 1853
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera La traviata ('The Fallen Woman') is first staged.
  • 1855
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Les vêrpres siciliennes ('The Sicilian Vespers') is first staged.
  • 1857
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Simon Boccanegra is first staged.
  • 29 Aug 1859
    Giuseppe Verdi marries Giuseppina Strepponi.
  • 1861
    Giuseppe Verdi serves as a member of the new Italian parliament in Turin as representative for Busseto.
  • 1862
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera La forza del destino ('The Force of Destiny') is first staged.
  • 1867
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Don Carlos is first staged.
  • 24 Dec 1871
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Aida premieres in Cairo.
  • 22 May 1874
    Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem is first performed in a memorial service for Alessandro Manzoni in Milan's San Marco Church.
  • 1887
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Otello is first staged.
  • 1893
    Giuseppe Verdi's opera Falstaff is first staged.
  • 27 Jan 1901
    Giuseppe Verdi dies in the Grand Hotel in Milan.