Verdi's Lifestyle (02:19)
Giuseppe Verdi wanted to be seen as a farmer from Rincole. People from the province inspired the spoken roles in his operas. Verdi bought Sant'Agata villa with profits from his operas.
Romantic Scandal (04:09)
Inspired by public criticism of his relationship with Giuseppina Strepponi, Verdi wrote "La Traviata." Verdi lost his first wife and two children early in his career.
Political Affiliations (03:18)
Verdi avoided crowds but was admired by Italian citizens. After composing "Nabucco," he became a symbol of freedom from Austrian occupiers. Content about humanity, ethics, and political conflicts was often censored.
Religious Affiliations (02:55)
The local priest died during a thunderstorm the summer after Verdi threatened him. For a long period of time, the Vatican did not recognize "Requiem" as religious.
Dramatic Operas (03:03)
Verdi wrote 31 operas to finance his country property. The success of "Nabucco" allowed him to demand exorbitant payments. Verdi raised livestock, created a winery, grew vegetables, and built a creamery.
Later Operas (06:50)
Operas included "Aida," "Otello," and "Falstaff." Great composers were recognized by two chords. Verdi built facilities to create work for regional residents.
"Casa Verdi" (03:42)
Verdi built a hospital and home for old artists, believing it his most beautiful legacy. Laura Didier Gambardella began and ended her career with "Il Trovatore." Verdi died in 1901 and was interned at the home.
Credits; Verdi's World (00:18)
Credits; Verdi's World
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