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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.
Over the next decade and a half, Verdi wrote 14 operas in all. 'From Nabucco, you may say, I have never had one hour of peace,' the composer said, describing his life as 'sixteen years in the galleys.' In 1847, he revised his opera I Lombardi, and renamed it Jérusalem. It was produced by the Paris Opera and became Verdi's first work in the French Grand opera style. Pictured is a press illustration of Act 3 of Verdi's opera Jérusalem, first performed on 26 November 1847 by the Paris Opera at the Salle Le Peletier.
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