Notes & Reviews:
This informative program is a concise overview of the composer Giuseppe Verdi's life and times, filmed on location in the cities and places that influenced their works. Also included in a detailed list of each composer's most significant musical compositions.
Verdi was the most important figure in the succession of 19th-century Italian opera composers. He led a dramatic life which included political involvement and personal tragedy.
His life manifested itself in his work, highlights of which include Nabucco, the opera that brought him his first great success. Other works of his were La Forza del Destino, La Traviata, Aida, and after a brief retirement, Otello and Falstaff.
These operas were indicative of the style for which he is famous, possessing dramatic intensity, soaring melody, and subtle characterization. His works are still among the most popular in the intentional operatic repertoire.