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Articles tagged with "Giuseppe Verdi"

Opera Essentials: Giuseppe Verdi's Il trovatore

18 May 2016

Our quick introduction to a thrilling masterpiece which features some of its composer's most powerful music.

BBC Radio 3 announces Royal Opera broadcasts for summer 2016

27 April 2016

Upcoming broadcasts include Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Wagner’s Tannhäuser and Verdi’s I due Foscari.

Lights! Coloratura! Action!: The giddy world of opera’s ‘action’ songs

3 February 2016

Drinking songs such as La traviata’s famous Brindisi are just the start of opera's songs describing action.

La traviata to be relayed live to cinemas around the world on 4 February 2016

29 January 2016

Richard Eyre's production of Verdi's tragic tale of love and loss stars Venera Gimadieva and Saimir Pirgu.

The Real Traviata: The tragic true story that inspired La traviata

15 January 2016

The life of courtesan Marie Duplessis and her early death from consumption inspired several works of art, including Verdi's famous opera.

La traviata musical highlight: ‘Ah fors’è lui’ / ‘Sempre libera’

8 January 2016

Violetta may hide her true feelings with a life of parties and excess, but Verdi's first aria for her reveals her desperate longing for love.

Holding up a mirror: How opera composers reflect community and society

19 November 2015

Composers have long experimented with different ways of giving a sense of community, often using the chorus to highly dramatic effect.

Saving the best until last: Our favourite operatic swansongs


10 July 2015

Five of our favourite final masterpieces from opera’s greatest composers.

How Verdi proved experience can trump youth with Otello and Falstaff

6 July 2015

Verdi may have been well into his seventies by the time he wrote his two final operas, but he saved possibly his finest works until last.

Falstaff musical highlight: ‘Sirena… quand’ero paggio del Duca di Norfolk’

29 June 2015

It may clock in at just forty seconds in length, but Falstaff’s gem of a mini-aria is a perfect expression of joyous nostalgia.

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