Guiseppe Verdi: a profile


Verdi’s humble beginnings in provincial Parma did not foreshadow the success and renown that we now think of when hear his name.

Born 1813 / Died 1901

In fact, Verdi failed to gain a place at Milan’s conservatoire and instead underwent private tuition.


Determined to have an opera of his performed at La Scala, Verdi persevered and eventually had his first opera Oberto performed at the prestigious opera house at the age of 26 years old.


Now regarded as a national hero in Italy, Verdi’s works are performed frequently the world over and include Il trovatore, La traviata, Don Carlos, Otello and Rigoletto.

Verdi and Opera on Location

La traviata (August 2019) | Waterstones, Orchard Sq., Sheffield – see more

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