Giuseppe Verdi – The birth house of the famous opera composer in Le Roncole

Italian composer, was born on October 10, 1813, to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron.

Verdi, the first child of Carlo Giuseppe Verdi and Luigia Uttini, was born at their home in Le Roncole, a village near Busseto, then in the Department Taro and within the borders of the First French Empire following the annexation of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza in 1808.

Casa Natale Verdi Museo, the house where Giuseppe Verdi was born / Image source

Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. He surprised the musical world with the opera Don Carlos (1867), Aida (1871), Messa da Requiem (1874), Otello (1887) and Falstaff (1893). His operas remain extremely popular, especially the three peaks of his ‘middle period’: Rigoletto, Il trovatore and La traviata.

Giuseppe Verdi’s childhood home is now a small museum which conserves autographed letters, iconographic documents, original portraits and other precious items of memorabilia including the pianoforte which Verdi used to play.

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