From a pastel by Giovanni Boldoni (1842-1931)
stagings of Verdi operas in the 2000-2001 Season, go to:
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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
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
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.