A little later he composed music now lost for the town church and the largely amateur orchestra.
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Refused by the Milan Conservatory—he was past the admission age and played the piano poorly—Verdi studied privately with Vincenzo Lavigna, an older composer and an associate of La Scala opera house Teatro alla Scala. Milan was the intellectual and operatic centre of Italy , and in the years —35 Verdi seems to have learned much about literature and politics there as well as counterpoint and the elements of opera.
Later, after his great success with Nabucco , he attended literary salons in the city and made lasting friendships with some cultivated aristocrats. Soured by this, Verdi nonetheless took a compromise position and stayed from March to October , teaching and composing a good deal, though all he published was a set of songs in Needless to say, he had his eye on greater things. The music that he had written during these years must have impressed the right people, for after some difficulty he succeeded in getting an opera, Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio , produced at La Scala in March His rising career was deflected by tragedy: in his young wife died, following the deaths of two infant children.
In addition to this personal grief, Verdi saw his next opera, Un giorno di regno King for a Day , a comedy, hissed off the stage. The older Verdi embroidered on various aspects of his early life, exaggerating the lowliness of his origins, for example.
Nabucco succeeded as sensationally as Un giorno had failed abjectly, and Verdi at age 28 became the new hero of Italian music. The work sped across Italy and the whole world of opera; within a decade it had reached as far as St. Petersburg and Buenos Aires , Argentina.
There followed a period —49 during which Verdi drove himself like a galley slave, as he himself put it, and to the detriment of his health, to produce nearly two operas a year. He purchased land there as early as His other operas had varying receptions. It included King Lear , a project he would return to and abandon several times in later years.
Only with Macbeth , however, was Verdi inspired to fashion an opera that is as gripping as it is original and, in many ways, independent of tradition. The fresco, in fact, documents yet another moment in Italian politics, for Raphael depicted not the fifth-century Leo I, but instead his own patron, Pope Leo X, who was also embroiled in numerous military conflicts.
This edition is a most fitting birthday homage to the composer in his two-hundredth year. The new edition of Attila was used as the basis for new productions of the opera, including the New York Metropolitan Opera performance under the baton of Ricardo Muti who conducted from second proofs of the edition prior to its publication and the collaboration of fashion designer Miuccia Prada and architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.
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