Verdi by John Suchet
The Man Revealed

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Obsessed with Shakespeare, Verdi wrote three operas based on the plays. Otello, writes the author, “is without doubt one of Verdi’s greatest works.” Once again, Suchet hits his mark.
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Giuseppe Verdi remains Italy’s greatest operatic composer and a man of apparent contradictions―vividly brought to life through a nuanced examination of his life and monumental music.

Giuseppe Verdi remains the greatest operatic composer that Italy, the home of opera, has ever produced. Yet throughout his lifetime he claimed to detest composing and repeatedly rejected it. He was a landowner, a farmer, a politician and symbol of Italian independence; but his music tells a different story.

An obsessive perfectionist, Verdi drove collaborators to despair but his works lauded from the start as dazzling feats of composition and characterization. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviatato to Aida, Verdi’s canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less complex: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonize supporters and his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was often at odds with nineteenth-century society.

In Verdi: The Man Revealed, John Suchet attempts to get under the skin of perhaps the most private composer who ever lived. Unraveling his protestations, his deliberate embellishments and disavowals, Suchet reveals the true character of this great artist―and the art for which he will be forever known.

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About John Suchet

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John Suchet is recognized as a leading authority on the life and works of Ludwig van Beethoven. This is his first full-length biography of the composer. He presents the morning program on Britain's Classic FM, and lives in London.
 
Published July 3, 2018 by Pegasus Books. 288 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction
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Obsessed with Shakespeare, Verdi wrote three operas based on the plays. Otello, writes the author, “is without doubt one of Verdi’s greatest works.” Once again, Suchet hits his mark.

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