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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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Verdi's World

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Almost everyone knows Verdi's music, but very little is known about the man. Extremely private, he retired to his estate, Sant'Agata, at age 34, where he cultivated a rural existence. This program takes a journey through Emilia Romagna to discover how the region, nature, food, and people influenced Verdi, and what traces remain today. We meet Massimo Spigaroli, whose grandfather leased land from Verdi. He talks about how strict and tyrannical an employer Verdi was. Stefano Bonini, whose great-aunt cooked for Verdi, reveals the composer's gourmet secrets, while in Roncole, Verdi's birthplace, we discover a shrine to the composer, where he is venerated as a saint. We gain access to the Palazzo Orlandi in Busseto for the first time, where Verdi lived in a wild marriage with Giuseppina Strepponi. Finally, we go to Casa Verdi in Milan, an old people's home for retired musicians and a place that Verdi considered to be his best work.

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL192662

Copyright date: ©2012

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