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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.
After Italy was unified in 1861, many of Verdi's early operas were re-interpreted as works with hidden Revolutionary messages that probably had not been intended by Verdi. Spreading throughout Italy in the 1860s, the slogan "Viva VERDI" was used as an acronym for Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D'Italia - Long Live Victor Emmanuel King of Italy, referring to Victor Emmanuel II, pictured, who was then king of Sardinia.
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