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Giuseppe Verdi

BIOGRAPHY

Giuseppe Verdi (10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901) was an Italian composer of opera. He came to fame after Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, who influenced Verdi’s works.

Verdi’s early operas showed sympathy to the Risorgimento Movement, which combined separate states into the Kingdom of Italy.

In the 1850s and onward, Verdi’s operas used musico-dramatic elements, an approach where music is the main factor in depicting drama. In Rigoletto, Verdi further established his style and pushed towards cohesive drama in the music by blurring the lines between recitative and aria.

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"La donna è mobile" is one of the most recognizable songs in Rigoletto. Here’s an excerpt below.