Giuseppe Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi
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The greatest classical valentines
12. Giuseppe Verdi and Giuseppina Strepponi
Strepponi was an acclaimed soprano who starred in a number of Verdi's early operas. When her voice began to fail, she moved to Paris to teach. Verdi, who was in England for the premiere of an opera in July 1847, returned via Paris and their romance began. Their 12-year cohabitation was often regarded as scandalous, but they married in 1859 and stayed together for the rest of their lives. Their marriage was happy and Verdi was deeply saddened by her death in 1897.