Creator Breakdown: Verdi had his right at the beginning of his career. He was only in his twenties when his small son (Icilio) and daughter (Virginia), and then his first wife (Margherita Barezzi), all died within three years of each other. (Wooooow.) He was in the process of writing a comic opera, Un giorno di regno, at the time of Margherita's death, and not surprisingly, it wasn't a success. Bereavement compounded by failure upset him so that he decided to give up composing, but the manager of La Scala opera house persuaded him to just have a look at this libretto he had that needed music. Verdi glanced at it and found himself writing a bit of music. He did a bit more each day and ended up with Nabucco, his first major success.