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Giuseppe Verdi 2013
Rembrandt (1606-1669). Chopin (1810-1849), Poland. Giuseppi Verdi (1813-1901), Italy. Jenny Lind (1820-1887), Sweden. Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), Denmark. Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), United Kingdom. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Germany - and Switzerland and the United States, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 1921.

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At Icons of Europe's portal for Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).  He was a giant of the opera world and his popularity is enduring.

Verdi 200 Years

A ranking of the top-15 greatest composers of all time sees Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) as n° 10 - in the heels of Chopin, Liszt and Brahms.

Italy’s greatest opera composer, Verdi’s operatic output is staggering, with 28 operas, many of which contain arias that have made their ways into popular culture and become mainstays."

"Verdi's mature period produced Nabucco, Ernani, Macbeth (after Shakespeare), Luisa Miller, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, his most famous work:  Aida, Otello, and Falstaff."

In 2013 also:  Jenny Lind Gala Concert

Bella Figlia

One of the most delicious pieces of Verdi's operas: "Bella Figlia Dell'Amore" for four voices, from Rigoletto and here with Pavarotti and Sutherland.

Resources for Giuseppe Verdi

- List of Verdi's works | La Scala
- Met 2012-2013 | BBC Verdi portal
- Why go to the opera | Opera search

Countdown 2013


Meanwhile, comment at @IconsEurope and enjoy Verdi's music:

- Bella Figlia (Pavarotti & Sutherland)

- Verdi's Requiem by The Bach Choir
- La Donna è M | 3 Tenors | Brindisi*
- Pop-up opera at Palace Hotel SF*
- Flash mob at Valencia market*
- Jussi Björling / Bella Figlia 1945
- Caruso & Marcella Sembrich 1908
- Aida - Triumphal March 2010
- Nabucco - Hebrew Slaves Chorus

- 2-hr film: La Traviata | Il Trovatore

* Bringing opera to the people

>> Wagner 200 years in 2013

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Jenny Lind (1820-1887): print by William Holl, after a daguerreotype by William Edward Kilburn, London1848 (in the booklet "Jenny Lind: Her Vocal Art and Cadenze", 1894).Jenny Lind

Verdi composed the opera
I Masnadieri "expressly" for Jenny Lind and directed the premiere at Her.Majesty's Theatre in 1847, but it "could not be considered a success" (Jenny Lind's Memoir 1891, Vol. II, p.137).

Wagner and Verdi 200 years 2013

- Icons of Europe's Wagner portal
Wagner & Verdi at La Scala 2012-2013
- "Two Men, Two Worlds, Two Centuries"
- Verdi and Wagner:  Reading and play lists
- "The Parallel Lives of Verdi and Wagner"
Thomas Edison's wax cylinder recordings

The Thomas Edison museum in USA released early 2012 the first-ever recording of Chopin's music and other great composers as well as Bismarck's voice:

- Chopin: Concerto N° 2 (1890)
- Wagner, Lohengrin:
Hochstes vertrauen (1906)
- Verdi, La Traviata: Ah! fors' e lui (1910)
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