The Life of Verdi / Edition 1

The Life of Verdi / Edition 1

by John Rosselli
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Cambridge University Press

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The Life of Verdi / Edition 1

Verdi's long life spanned Napoleonic rule and the age of broadcasting. In this new biography, John Rosselli considers a boldly innovative artist whose twenty-eight operas still speak to us. He investigates Verdi's businesslike running of a landed estate as well as a highly successful career, and looks into his complex relationships with two women singers: his second wife Giuseppina Strepponi and his probable lover Teresa Stolz. At the same time Roselli reinterprets the operas with novel insights showing us why Verdi still fills theaters and rouses enthusiasm.

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ISBN-13: 9780521669573
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Musical Lives Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: truth and theatre; 1. The innkeeper's son, 1813-1842: Oberto to Nabucco; 2. The galley slave, 1842-1847: Nabucco to Macbeth; 3. Turning-points, 1847-49: I masnadieri to La battaglia di Legnano; 4. The people's composer, 1849-1859: Luisa Miller to Un ballo in maschera; 5. Complications, 1859-1872: La forza del destino, Don Carlos, and Aida; 6. Evergreen, 1872-1901: the Requiem, Othello and Falstaff.

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