Arch-rival Richard Wagner
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Verdi: 20 facts about the great composer
16. Arch-rival Richard Wagner
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.'