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“Wrestling With Notes,” Verdi’s Description of Creating Opera

“Wrestling With Notes,” Verdi’s Description of Creating Opera

La Traviata is one of the world’s best-loved and most often performed operas. We know its composer, Giuseppe Verdi, as one of the towering figures in music.

But who was Giuseppe Verdi the man? the reluctant hero of Italy’s Risorgimento independence movement; the creator of 13 operas before he was 40; the retired country gentleman who then came back to compose his monumental Requiem and other sacred music plus eight more successful operas? 

Marianne Grey will review and illustrate Verdi’s place in musical history, and describe the adventures of “The Fallen One” portrayed in La Traviata.

 

Free and open to the public

Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library
and the Lawrence branch of the Mercer County Library System

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Princeton University Art Museum Docent

Marianne Grey

Princeton University Art Museum Docent and popular Princeton Festival lecturer, Marianne Grey provides historical, cultural and artistic context for each year’s opera production.


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