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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.
Probably Verdi's greatest masterpiece, Rigoletto, was premiered in Venice in 1851. Based on a play by Victor Hugo, the libretto had to undergo substantial revisions in order to satisfy the censors, and the composer was on the verge of giving it all up a number of times. The opera quickly became a great success. Pictured is a 1976 Bavarian State Opera production of Rigoletto, directed by Roman Polanski, starring Vasile Modoveanu as the Duke and Peter Glossop as Rigoletto.
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