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Verdi and Wagner in Wien

This May, Vienna will celebrate the bicentennial birthday of two beloved opera composers, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi. Both spent time in Vienna: In 1843, Verdi staged his opera Nabucco here, which was the first time it was performed outside of Italy. He later led performances of Rigoletto in 1852 and Requiem in 1875 at […]

Verdi, Good Wine, and Ruins With a View

Verdi, Good Wine, and Ruins With a View

Verdi’s Rigoletto Considered one of the finest of Verdi’s middle career, this tragic opera follows the cursed fates of the Duke of Mantua, an infamous womanizer, his hunchbacked court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto’s daughter. The Vienna Review’s opera critic Oliver MacDonald calls it Verdi’s “beautifully poignant tearjerker”. The picturesque open-air venue – in the midst of the Kamp […]

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