Giuseppe Verdi was born in October of 1813, although historians are unsure whether his birth took place on the 9th or the 10th of the month. Despite very humble beginnings, he grew up to be the most famous and best-loved opera composer in Italy, a country known for its insatiable appetite for opera. Many of his operas continue to be staples of the repertoire more than a century after his death, and many of the melodies he composed are among the most familiar in the Western world.
Because there’s nothing like a good flash mob, here are couple of Verdi’s greatest hits performed flash mob style. First, the “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore, sung by an Israeli choir at a shopping mall in Tel Aviv:
In this one, members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia perform “Brindisi” (“Drinking Song”) from La Traviata for a crowd at Reading Terminal Market: