'''Giuseppe Verdi''' (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) (or [[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:
* ''Ada'' (known for the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMCQgzsQ5uw Triumphal March]])
** remade as the Elton John musical ''{{Aida}}'' in modern times
* ''Theatre/UnBalloInMaschera''
* ''Theatre/DonCarlo''
* ''Theatre/{{Falstaff}}'' (based on Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'')
* ''Theatre/LaForzaDelDestino''
* ''Luisa Miller'' (based on {{Intrigue and Love}})
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}''
* ''Theatre/{{Nabucco}}''
* ''[[Theatre/{{Othello}} Otello]]'' (''someone'' was a Creator/{{Shakespeare}} {{fanboy}})
* ''{{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''
* ''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]])
* ''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, [[IlTrovatore Count di Luna]], [[Theatre/DonCarlo Rodrigo]], Theatre/{{Nabucco}}, [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Iago]].
* BannedInChina / AmericansHateTingle: Even with its locale changed to Boston, ''Un Ballo in Maschera'' was never performed in Sweden until the 1920's. When it was performed there, the Swedish derided it as historically inaccurate.
* {{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 ''LaTraviata'' or Ada.
* DeusAngstMachina
* DrivenToSuicide - SpurnedIntoSuicide - The UriahGambit: Many causes of death in his operas.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The censors gave Verdi a hell of a time with many of his operas Most obvious with ''Gustave III'' (about the assassination of a king!), which after several rewrite-or-elses, and ultimately (when tempers on both sides had cooled) a compromise with the censors, became ''Un Ballo in Maschera''.
* 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
* KillEmAll: How ''Theatre/IVespriSiciliani/Les vpres siciliennes'' ends.
* {{Melodrama}}
* OldShame: Most of the operas that predate ''Rigoletto''. Verdi himself considered ''Alzira'' very awful.
* 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.
* TomHanksSyndrome: ''Un giorno di regno'' (his second opera) and ''Falstaff'' (his last opera) are his only comedies.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Among others, he planned an opera based on ''Theatre/KingLear'' and another on Victor Hugo's ''Ruy Blas''.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare
* TheWoobie: Many.[[invoked]]