October 10, 2017
Giuseppe Verdi was born near Busseto in northern Italy on the ninth or tenth of October in 1813, and he grew up to be the best-loved opera composer in a country famous 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.
Here is the “Anvil Chorus” from Il Trovatore, performed for an unsuspecting lunch hour crowd at a shopping mall in Tel Aviv by members of the Israel Philharmonic.
October 10, 2016
Although there is some uncertainty regarding the exact birth date of Giuseppe Verdi, there’s no question at all that he was one of the greatest composers of the nineteenth century — a century that produced a mind-boggling number of great composers. During his lifetime (1813-1901), Verdi was the most popular opera composer in Italy, and many of his operas continue to be staples of the repertoire more than a century after his death.
“Va pensiero” comes from the third act of Nabucco, composed in 1841. The text was inspired by Psalm 137 and recalls the story of the Hebrew exiles in Babylon during the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar.