Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) (or [[Creator/VictorBorge Joe Green]], if you like) was an Italian composer and perhaps ''the'' biggest name in Romantic era Italian {{opera}}.

He is mentioned as being dead in the song "Decomposing Composers" by Creator/MichaelPalin sang on Creator/MontyPython's ''Audioplay/MontyPythonsContractualObligationAlbum''.

!! His operas include:
* ''Aïda'' (known for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMCQgzsQ5uw Triumphal March]] and for being remade as the Elton John musical ''Theatre/{{Aida}}'')
* ''Theatre/UnBalloInMaschera''
* ''Theatre/DonCarlo''
* ''Theatre/{{Falstaff}}'' (based on Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'')
* ''Theatre/LaForzaDelDestino''
* ''Luisa Miller'' (based on Theatre/IntrigueAndLove)
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Nabucco}}''
* ''[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Otello]]'' (''someone'' was a Creator/{{Shakespeare}} {{fanboy}})
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'' (source of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A3zetSuYRg "La donna e mobile"]], a tune synonymous with opera for even non-fans)
* ''Theatre/SimonBoccanegra''
* ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' (based on ''La Dame aux camelias'' by the younger Creator/AlexandreDumas. It has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcKdnkGBSgA Il Brindisi]] aka the Drinking Song and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C58XiYewTlE Sempre libera]])
* ''Theatre/IlTrovatore'' (the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXFZckzjcKw Anvil Chorus]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0_UG2UnM7o "Di quella pira"]])
* ''Theatre/IVespriSiciliani''
!!Tropes associated to Verdi's works:

* AuthorAppeal
* BadassBaritone: Some of the most famous baritone roles come from here. Sparafucile from ''Rigoletto'' comes to mind.
** Sparafucile is a bass, technically speaking. Better examples are Rigoletto himself, [[Theatre/IlTrovatore Count di Luna]], [[Theatre/DonCarlo Rodrigo]], Theatre/{{Nabucco}}, [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Iago]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}: ''Un ballo in maschera'' and ''Rigoletto'' had to be re-written to mask the similarities to a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_III_of_Sweden#Assassination real life royal murder]] ''and'' some plays inspired on it (''Ballo'') and a play by Creator/VictorHugo (''Rigoletto'')
* BrokenBird: More than one of his female leads, like Violetta from ''Theatre/LaTraviata'' or Aïda.
* DeusAngstMachina
* DrivenToSuicide[=/=]SpurnedIntoSuicide[=/=]UriahGambit: Many causes of death in his operas.
* FollowTheLeader: His early operas were inspired by Rossini's and Donizetti's.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: It has been [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Va,_pensiero quite discussed among scholars]] if the famous ''Va pensiero'' from ''Nabucco'' is or not a thinly-veiled allegory to the war between the Austrian Empire and the Italian territories and the wish for an Italian Unification.
* HistoricalFiction
** ''Un Ballo In Maschera'' deals with the assassination of Gustav III of Sweden.
** ''Theatre/SimonBoccanegra'' is about the first Doge of the Venetian Republic.
* KillEmAll: How ''Theatre/IVespriSiciliani/Les vêpres siciliennes'' ends.
* {{Melodrama}}
* PoorCommunicationKills: Literally, many times.
* SiblingRivalry: Pagano and Arvino in his fourth opera, ''I lombardi alla prima crociata'' ("The Lombards at the First Crusade").
* StarCrossedLovers: So many.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare
* TheWoobie: Many.[[invoked]]