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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.
Despite being the two most influential figures in 19th century opera, Verdi and his contemporary Richard Wagner apparently resented each other greatly though they never met. Verdi said of Wagner, 'He invariably chooses, unnecessarily, the untrodden path, attempting to fly where a rational person would walk with better results.'
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