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Music / Giuseppe Verdi

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Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (10 October 1813 — 27 January 1901) (or 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 Michael Palin sang on Monty Python's Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album.

His operas include:

Tropes associated to Verdi's works:

  • Author Appeal
  • Badass Baritone: Some of the most famous baritone roles come from here. Rigoletto, Count di Luna, Rodrigo, Nabucco, and Iago are just a few of them.
  • Bowdlerization: Un ballo in maschera and Rigoletto had to be rewritten to mask the similarities to a real life royal murder and some plays inspired on it (Ballo) and a play by Victor Hugo (Rigoletto)
  • Broken Bird: More than one of his female leads, like Violetta from La Traviata or Aïda.
  • Deus Angst Machina
  • Driven to Suicide/Spurned into Suicide/Uriah Gambit: Many causes of death in his operas.
  • Follow the Leader: His early operas were inspired by Rossini's and Donizetti's.
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  • Fun with Acronyms: During the Italian independence wars in the mid-19th century, graffiti saying "Viva Verdi" (long live Verdi) were a common sight in North-eastern Italy, then under Austrian rule. What looked like an innocuous fanboy thing was in fact a coded political message, with "VERDI" standing in for Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia ("Victor Emmanuel, King of Italy"; Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy was the King of Sardinia who eventually united Italy under his rule in 1861).