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The World's Greatest Music
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.
Verdi's predecessors who influenced his music were Rossini, Bellini, Giacomo Meyerbeer and, most notably, Gaetano Donizetti - pictured - and Mercadante. With the exception of his operas Otello and Aida, it is said that Verdi was free of Wagner's influence.
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