From a pastel by Giovanni Boldoni (1842-1931)
Commemorating GIUSEPPE VERDI'S
Death Centenary

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Giuseppi Verdi, considered to be the greatest of Italian operatic composers, died on January 27, 1901. Thus for opera houses, big and small, the world over, January 2001 marks the beginning of a year-long commemoration of the centennial of his death.

A sampling of season schedules will invariably show numerous stagings of Verdi's operas: e.g., January is practically a Verdi month at the Vienna State Opera; and in the land of the composer's birth, it is unmistakably a Verdi year at the Teatro alla Scala as it is for the Museo Teatrale alla Scala which has published a commemorative 20- reproduction set containing a number of Giuseppe Verdi's autographs and compositions.

In San Francisco, a city-wide Verdi Celebration Festival featuring lectures, symposia, concerts and exhibitions in conjunction with the the San Francisco Opera's new production of Luisa Miller and spectacular stagings of La Traviata, Aida and Simon Bocanegra. Further south, on January 16, 2001 Opera Pacific starts off its commemoration of the centenary with its own theatrically compelling production of Macbeth, said to be Verdi's favorite (see photos below).

FanFaire will carry more feature stories on Verdi throughout 2001.