Verdi was born to Carlo Giuseppe Verdi and Luigia Uttini in Le Roncole in the Parma region of Italy, near Busseto, on 10 October 1813. Carlo Verdi was an innkeeper and owned a small farm. Verdi’s parents decided to move to Bussetto and Verdi was brought up and educated there. Verdi had a younger sister, Giuseppa, who died at 17 years of age in 1833. Verdi went to Milan when he was twenty years old, where he continued his studies.
After spending a few years in Milan, Verdi returned to Busseto as town music master. Antonio Barezzi, a local merchant, who had supported Verdi’s ambitions in music while at Milan, continued to help Verdi in Busseto as well. Verdi’s first public performance took place at Barezzi’s home in 1830. Impressed by Verdi’s talent, Berezzi asked him to teach …show more content…
It was while working on his second opera, 'Un giorno di regno', that Verdi's wife died. This opera, which was given in 1840, was a not well received and Verdi decided to give up composing, but Merrelli persuaded him not to give up his music. Verdi then composed two new, four-part operas in 1842 and 1843, 'Nabucco' and 'I Lombardi alla Prima CrociataIt'. Both of these pieces earned Verdi a great amount of success. The years between 1855 and 1867 Verdi composed over a dozen great Operas. Some important works during this time are 'Rigoletto' (1851), 'Il trovatore' (1853), 'La traviata' (1853), 'Un ballo in maschera' (1859), 'Macbeth' (1865), 'Don Carlos' (1867) and 'Aida'. Verdi continued to gain success and fame. In 1874, Verdi completed 'Messa da Requiem' (best known simply as Requiem), which was meant to be his final composition. He retired shortly thereafter. Even though Verdi retired he still collaborated with composer Arrigo Boito to compose two more operas, 'Otello' in 1886 and 'Falstaff' in 1890 when Verdi was in his late 70's. Both of these final pieces received positive reviews and are still performed to this