Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813 –1901)

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813 –1901) represents the height of Romantic Italian opera. He probably is best known for his operas, La Traviata and Aida. He a wrote a Requiem Mass, which benefits greatly from his theatrical experience, and a few other smaller sacred pieces. It is so theatrical and popular that there seems to be more YouTube videos of great performances of this mass than any other that I have researched to this point.


BBC Prom 13 -BBC documentary , discussing the theatricality of the Requiem which threatened to lose official church sanction, and his inclusion of women that had to be hidden to obtain that sanction

Performance with Margaret Price, Jessye Norman, José Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, and Claudia Abado

Performance with Karajan conducting La Scala Orchestra and Chorus of Milan

Performance with Leontyne Price, Fiorenza Cossoto, Luciano Pavarotti, Nikolai Ghiaurov

“Dies Irae” from Requiem, conducted by Leonard Bernstein



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