Giuseppe Verdi

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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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Un Ballo in Maschera review – ingenious Verdi update is beautifully sung
Rodula Gaitanou’s finely sung and acted production reimagines Verdi’s opera as a noir-ish thriller with supernatural overtones

Tim Ashley

11, Jun, 2019 @7:45 AM

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Aida review – Opera North rethinks Verdi's epic with formidable results
Annabel Arden’s semi-staging updates Aida to a middle eastern war zone, with added sex and PTSD – and it’s superbly sung

Tim Ashley

02, May, 2019 @11:58 AM

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Why is it such a struggle for new voices to be heard in the old world of English opera? | Erica Jeal
Many think of it as people singing loudly over a huge orchestra, but opera can be so much more, says Guardian music critic Erica Jeal

Erica Jeal

01, May, 2019 @8:00 AM

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La Forza del Destino review – guilt and obsession with opera's biggest stars
Christof Loy cannot quite bring Verdi’s ungainly drama together but Jonas Kaufmann, Anna Netrebko and Antonio Pappano force their operatic flair to the fore

Tim Ashley

22, Mar, 2019 @1:27 PM

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