October 10, 2016


Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date in 1813. Born into the world of Rossini, Donizetti, and Bellini, he lived into the 20th century and was the greatest figure in Italian opera of the 19th century. Verdi’s state funeral in 1901 remains the largest public assembly of any event in the history of Italy. Who conducted the performance of the “Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” at Verdi’s funeral?