Giuseppe Verdi

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Rigoletto review – powerful update, led by stellar duo, is a revelation
Underlining the otherness of Verdi’s court jester by making him a black man is a masterstroke by Femi Elufowoju, the leads sung with potency by Eric Greene and Jasmine Habersham

Martin Kettle

23, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Travesty or tragedy? What Egypt thinks of Verdi’s Aida
Premiered in Cairo 150 years ago, set in an exoticised ancient Egypt and written by a man who refused to visit the country for fear of ‘being mummified’, the beloved opera has left a complex legacy in the country its drama is set

Flora Willson

23, Dec, 2021 @2:29 PM

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La Traviata review – Oropesa and Avetisyan are exceptional in impassioned Verdi
This revival of Richard Eyre’s handsome staging features two exceptional leads in Lisette Oropesa and Liparit Avetisyan, amply supported by conductor Antonello Manacorda

Tim Ashley

28, Oct, 2021 @12:37 PM

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Luisa Miller review – Verdi’s dark tragedy gains focus and ferocity in stark staging
Mané Galoyan is a revelation as Luisa, a radiant presence in Christof Loy’s production with a slimmed down but still striking London Philharmonic Orchestra

Flora Willson

02, Aug, 2021 @10:04 AM

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Verdi: where to start with his music
This week we turn to the Shakespeare of opera, a composer whose glorious gift for melodies and compassionate gaze celebrates life in all its variety

Tim Ashley

15, Jul, 2020 @11:00 AM

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Neil Howlett obituary
Baritone who excelled in Verdi and Wagner roles for English National Opera

Barry Millington

18, Jun, 2020 @1:59 PM

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Verdi: Otello review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
Jonas Kaufmann’s interpretation of Otello moves between intensity and doubt while Pappano builds tremendous orchestral urgency and pace

Erica Jeal

11, Jun, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Luisa Miller review – a treat for the ears, if not the eyes
Barbora Horáková’s stark and fussy staging of Verdi’s opera lacks subtlety but there is outstanding singing, with Elizabeth Llewellyn a compelling lead

Erica Jeal

13, Feb, 2020 @12:18 PM

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Les Vêpres Siciliennes review – theatricality and spectacle in Verdi's grand opera
Conductor Carlo Rizzi and Welsh National Opera’s chorus and orchestra give the ear much to savour, but the voices disappoint in David Pountney’s new production

Rian Evans

10, Feb, 2020 @10:57 AM

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Life for retired opera singers in the house that Verdi built
Old and young alike are now benefiting from the composer’s home for retired musicians

Angela Giuffrida in Milan

04, Jan, 2020 @10:00 AM

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‘It’s got everything’: why we’re still in love with this Traviata after 25 years
Director Richard Eyre explains why his take on Verdi’s story of heartache and betrayal is still thrilling Covent Garden after a quarter of a century

Fiona Maddocks

14, Dec, 2019 @12:35 PM

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Hope in the dark: culture to make you feel less terrible about the UK election
You may be distraught at the result, or just want a break from politics – so find solace in our critics’ pick of 30 films, songs, books and more to hide under a duvet with

Peter Bradshaw, Alexis Petridis, Kate Abbott, Hannah J Davies, Richard Lea, Alison Flood, Imogen Tilden and Keith Stuart

13, Dec, 2019 @11:30 AM

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