Giuseppe Verdi and Italian Opera

Verdi opera are part of the classic opera repertoire. It is not possible to read, write or speak about Italian opera without mentioning Verdi. Indeed, Giuseppe Verdi music and opera Verdi are part of the standard work of classical opera.

One of the most famous opera songs in the opera Verdiego (that’s Polish for Verdi) repertoire is the popular Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves – «Va, pensiero». Additionally, the Aida opera, La traviata opera, the Nabucco opera, the Otello opera and the Rigoletto opera by G. Verdi, are all part of the contemporary grand opera house season.

Indeed, Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) is considered one of the most famous composers overall. Some would claim that he is the most famous among Italian composers and the most widely recognized from among Italian opera composers.


Read to Discover Verdi Opera:

Verdi Opera
Verdi Opera

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) and opera are synonymous. There are many details and interesting facts about Verdi and Italian opera that can make attending a Verdi opera or listening to it online a more enjoyable experience.

  1. A List of Verdi Opera
  2. Famous Verdi Opera Choruses
  3. The Opera That Jump Started Verdi’s Opera Career
  4. Verdi Opera Requires Knowledge of The Art of Conducting
  5. Crosswords Exploit Verdi Opera Words

5. Which Crossword Clues Refer to Verdi Opera Works?

Verdi Opera Works
Verdi Opera Works

Crossword clues about Verdi opera have been around since crosswords were first invented. Have you ever needed an answer to any of these crossword clues about Verdi opera? We’ve assembled some of the most popular crossword clues and provided answers. Check them out!

  • Which Verdi work of opera has a title that refers to a bandit?
  • What sacred choral work by Verdi inspired a European revolution?
  • Did Verdi compose an opera for the opening of the Suez Canal? Or, is this hoax?
  • Which Verdi opera centers around a hunchback jester?
  • Which Verdi opera has a famous scene of men working – blacksmiths forging metal over an open fire?
  • Which Verdi opera is about a slave? Or, is there more than one slave in more than one Verdi opera?



4. Verdi Opera and The Art of Conducting

Is there an art to conducting Verdi opera? Why should opera conducting be considered an art?

Opera conductor Myron Yusypovych has been referred to by music critics as “a true Verdi opera specialist”. Yusypovych addressed the issue of conducting Verdi opera in one of his MusicNotes.

In terms of the actual arm gestures, neither La traviata, nor any other opera by G. Verdi, including Aida, Otello or Falstaff, compare with the demands of Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) or The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky…

Nevertheless, the quantity of energy expended by the conductor and musicians in order to perform an overly saturated and complex musical score is not the issue. The important issue is the artistic outcome and the effect it has on the audience. It is the audience that has to become convinced…

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3. Why is the Nabucco Opera by Verdi So Popular?

Verdi Opera Nabucco
Verdi Opera Nabucco

The Verdi opera Nabucco was the famous Italian composer’s third opera. Significantly, the Nabucco opera was composed at a time when Giuseppe Verdi was an unknown composer. His wife and infant sons had recently passed away. His previous attempt at writing and premiering an opera had been a disaster.

Following Nabucco and, for the next 20 years, Verdi composed and premiered an average of at least one opera per year. Even today, there are those who claim that Nabucco is one of Verdi’s best opera. But, then, there are many names of operas to choose. The list of Verdi opera and the year they premiered is listed below.


2. What Are the Names of Some Famous Verdi Opera Choruses?

Verdi Opera Choruses
Verdi Opera Choruses

As an opera composer, Verdi created a unique identity for the opera chorus. After all, in addition to the soloist opera singers, every opera has an opera chorus.

Before Verdi, most composers delegated a commentary role to the chorus (much akin to the tradition of classical Greek drama). On the other hand, Giuseppe Verdi was instrumental in creating a dramatic and separate character through the opera chorus – slaves, workers, soldiers, gypsies…

Today, Verdi’s famous opera choruses are not only famous but also part of popular culture:

  • Va, pensiero” (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from the opera Nabucco
  • The Anvil Chorus” from the opera Il trovatore
  • La donna e mobile” from the opera Rigoletto
  • Coro d’introduzione” from the opera Ernani
  • The Drinking Song” from the opera La traviata.

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1. A List of Verdi Opera

Verdi Opera Festival List
Verdi Opera Festival List

A list of Verdi opera is readily available. After all, Giuseppe Verdi has been extremely well researched. And, with the 200th anniversary of his birth celebrated in 2013, many events, conferences, music festivals and conferences were dedicated to popularizing the great Italian composer.

The following list of Verdi operas is given in the order in which they were premiered. Additional information about some of the Verdi opera is provided. We are continuously updating the information.

  • 1839 – Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio premiered on November 17
  • 1840 – Un giomo di regno premiered on September 5
  • 1842 – Nabucco premiered on March 9
  • 1843 – I Lombardi alla prima crociata premiered on February 11
  • 1844 – Ernani premiered on March 9
  • 1844 – I due Foscari premiered on November 3
  • 1845 – Giovanna d’arco premiered on February 15
  • 1845 – Alzira premiered on August 12
  • 1845 – Attila premiered on August 12
  • 1847 – Macbeth premiered on March 14
  • 1847 – I masnadieri premiered on July 22
  • 1847 – Jerusalem premiered in November
  • 1848 – Il corsaro premiered on October 25
  • 1849 – La battaglia di Legnano premiered on January 27
  • 1849 – Luisa Miller premiered on January 27
  • 1849 – Stiffelio premiered on December 8
  • 1851 – Rigoletto premiered on March 11
  • 1853 – Il trovatore premiered on January 19
  • 1853 – La traviata premiered on March 6
  • 1855 – Les vêpres siciliennes premiered on June 13
  • 1857 – Simon Boccanegra premiered on March 12
  • 1857 – Aroldo premiered on August 16
  • 1859 – Un ballo in maschera premiered on February 17
  • 1862 – La forza del destino premiered on November 10
  • 1867 – Don Carlos premiered on March 11
  • 1871 – Aida premiered on December 24
  • 1887 – Otello premiered on February 5
  • 1893 – Falstaff premiered on February 9.

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Text by: Oksana A. Wynnyckyj-Yusypovych