Today, October 10, is a very special Birthday anniversary, because is the birthday anniversary of one of my personal heroes, of one of the giants of the history of Opera….. Giuseppe Verdi!!!!
On this day, back in the glorious year of 1813…Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born.
What would the world of Opera be without the glorious music, beautiful melodies, extraordinary arias of Giuseppe Verdi?
Everytime we have a storm, I always think of the famous “Terzetto e tempesta” from Rigoletto and the famous Storm Chorus from “Otello”.
Everytime we celebrate in a Birthday or in New Year…. we think of “Libiamo” from La Traviata and also of “Inaffia l’ugola!” from Otello and “Si colmi il calice” from Macbeth.
(Verdi indeed composed so many wonderful drinking songs! )
So many arias, duets… so many beautiful overtures. Our lives wouldn’t be the same without Verdi’s Operas. I have so many favorites to name!
“Bella Figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto and “Ah, sii maledetto, sospetto fatale” from Don Carlo, the most glorious quartets, “Di quale amor, di quanto ardor”, from Don Carlo and “parigi o cara” from La Traviata, the most beautiful duets, “La Donna e Mobile” the most famous aria for a tenor, “Sempre Libera” from La Traviata, one of the most difficult arias for a Soprano and also “D’amor sull’ali rosee..Miserere…Tu vedrai” from Il Trovatore and also “O Patria Mia” from Aida, the terzetto e tempesa from “Rigoletto” and the terzetto in the Queen’s garden in “Don Carlo”, Iago’s Credo, the most chilling aria ever, the two most fascinating arias for a Mezzo Soprano, “Nel giardin del bello” and “O Don fatale” from Don Carlo, the most extraordinary tenor-baritone duets, from Don Carlo “Dio, che nell’alma infondere” and from La Forza del Destino, “Invano Alvaro”, the final reconciliation between Simon Boccanegra and Fiesco, the most moving moment ever and also a lesson for humanity….
It is impossible not to cry when we listen to Desdemona’s final aria…the Willow Song, to Rigoletto’s final scream “Ah, La Maledizione” and Simon Boccanegra’s final moments!
Verdi also gave us the most beautiful aria ever for a Baritone “Il Balen del Suo Sorriso” and the most dramatic monologue for King Filippo “Ella giammai m’amò”.
Verdi moved us with so many arias, Macbeth’s “Pieta, Rispetto, Amore”, Rigoletto’s “cortigiani vil razza dannata”, “O tu Palermo” from I Vespri Siciliani and he also gave music to the most amazing characters… the assassin Sparafucile in “Rigoletto”, the conspirators with “ha, Ha, Ha,” in “Un Ballo in Maschera”, Don Ruy Gomez de Silva and Carlo V (interesting to have Carlo V in two Verdi Operas, “Ernani” and “Don Carlo” )
Only a genius like Verdi could chills us with one of the most terrifying moments ever… with the confrontation of Il Grand Inquisitor and King Filippo.
And of course, thanks to Verdi, we have a Triumphal March.
When we have a celebration, is is impossible to not to think of Verdi’s Triumphal march from Aida.
And no one could impact us with so many extraordinary choruses like Verdi did, just to mention a few…. the “Anvil Chorus”, the final moments of “Il Trovatore”, the final moments of “I Lombardi” and of course…,.. impossible to not to name the famous “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco which is known as the second “National Anthem” of Italy and made a huge impact in both the history of Opera and Italy.
So many characters, so many fascinating operas… Verdi gave music and voice to many fascinating characters, many of them from literature, from Shakespeare, Schiller, Victor Hugo…. Rigoletto, Sparafucile, King Filippo, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banco, Otello, Iago, Desdemona, King Riccardo/Gustavo, Renato, Violetta, Alfredo, Leonora, Count di Luna, Ferrando, Aida, Radames, Ramfis, Falstaff, Don Carlo, Rodrigo, Elisabeta, Princess Eboli, Il Grand inquisitore, Don Alvaro, Simon Boccanegra, Fiesco, Pagano, Miller, so many characters!
The characters from the Shakespearan dramas, the Victor Hugo and Schiller plays have now a “voice” and “music” thanks to the intense beauty of Verdi’s music.
I can not finish this post without mentioning the powerful “Requiem”, which is one of the greatest masterpieces of sacred music.
Verdi enriched our lives and Opera itself, wouldn’t be the same without Verdi’s operas!
Verdi, indeed changed the history of Opera in the golden age of Opera in the XIX century!
And also Verdi, as a human being, is also an inspiration, he did many extraordinary humanitarian works, one of them and the most important…. he created the House for retired musicians “Casa di Riposo per Musicisti” a house for retired opera singers and musicians ❤
I think that we all are so grateful that Verdi didn’t quit composing after the early tragedies that he had in his life and that also that he was not accepted in the Conservatory of Milan. Verdi indeed, is an inspiration for all of us, both as a human being and as an artist.
Thank you, Giuseppe Verdi for your many, many wonderful extraordinary Operas and extraordinary music!
Tanti auguri di buon compleanno, Giuseppe Verdi!!!!!
Let’s all say today……………………………………