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Everything you need to know about Giuseppe Verdi - the greatest Italian opera composer of the 19th century. Still performed all around the world, Verdi's works are among the greatest hits of the past 150 years.
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was born on 9 or 10 October 1813, in a village near Busseto, which was then a part of the First French Empire. His given name, registered in French, was Joseph Fortunin François.
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