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Giuseppe Verdi - Courtesy of www.conservatorio-torino.it

Verdi was born in 1813 in the village of Le Roncole, in the province of Parma, then part of Napoleon's Kingdom of Italy. In 1823, he moved to nearby Busseto to get an education at the 'Ginnasio'. He began studying music with Ferdinando Provesi in 1824. In his first journey to Milan in 1832, the conservatory refused his admission (!!), and he began private studies with Vincenzo Lavigna. He married Margherita Barezzi, daughter of his Bussetan patron Antonio Barezzi, in 1836 and became 'municipal music master' of Busseto. In 1839, Verdi met soprano, Giuseppina Strepponi, a staunch supporter in the years to come.

In 1842, his third opera Nabucco triumphed at La Scala. His other famous and beautiful operas include: I Lombardi, Ernani, I due Foscari, Attila, La Forza del Destino, Falstaff, Macbeth, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Aida, and Otello. Verdi wrote 28 operas. In 1901, Giuseppe Verdi died after a fatal stroke.
(Courtesy of www.r-ds.com)

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