DID YOU KNOW...
His name became a rallying cry for Italian nationalists in the last century: "Viva Verdi" was a code for Vittorio Emanuele, Re D'Italia (Long Live Victor Emanuel, King of Italy).
He had a genius for theatrical effect and for portraying powerful emotions through simple means.
Verdi became very rich from his operas, but he left most of his money to a home for musicians that he founded.
After a long and illustrious career, he wrote his two greatest works, both based on Shakespeare, in his old age.
Verdi was the only successful composer who was also a farmer.
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