List of compositions by Giuseppe Verdi

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Giuseppe Verdi

The following is a list of published compositions by the composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901).

Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of moderate means, and developed a musical education with the help of a local patron. Verdi came to dominate the Italian opera scene after the era of Vincenzo Bellini, Gaetano Donizetti, and Gioachino Rossini, whose works significantly influenced him. By his 30s, he had become one of the pre-eminent opera composers in history.


List of operas and revisions

   Revision of earlier opera, including translations with material musical changes. Librettists not directly involved in the preparation of a specific revision, but whose text (or a translation thereof) is included in the work, are shown in italics.

1 Oberto, conte di San Bonifacio 2 Italian La Scala, Milan

17 Nov 1839

Lightly revised three times after the première.
2 Un giorno di regno 2ItalianLa Scala, Milan

5 Sep 1840

Later revision known as Il finto Stanislao.
3 Nabucodonosor
  • Temistocle Solera
4ItalianLa Scala, Milan

9 Mar 1842

Later known as Nabucco.
4 I Lombardi alla prima crociata
  • Temistocle Solera
4ItalianLa Scala, Milan

11 Feb 1843

Based on an epic poem by Tommaso Grossi.
5 Ernani 4Italian La Fenice, Venice

9 Mar 1844

Partially based on work by Victor Hugo.
6 I due Foscari
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3Italian Teatro Argentina, Rome

3 Nov 1844

7 Giovanna d'Arco
  • Temistocle Solera
3ItalianLa Scala, Milan

15 Feb 1845

8 Alzira 2Italian San Carlo, Naples

12 Aug 1845

9 Attila
  • Temistocle Solera
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3ItalianLa Fenice, Venice

17 Mar 1846

Acts 1 and 2 written, and Act 3 sketched, by Solera.

Act 3 completed by Piave.

10 Macbeth
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4Italian La Pergola, Florence

14 Mar 1847

11 I masnadieri 4Italian Her Majesty's Theatre, London

22 Jul 1847

4a Jérusalem 4 French Salle Le Peletier, Paris

26 Nov 1847

Revision and translation of I Lombardi alla prima crociata.
12 Il corsaro
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3Italian Teatro Grande, Trieste

25 Oct 1848

13 La battaglia di Legnano
  • Salvatore Cammarano
4ItalianTeatro Argentina, Rome

27 Jan 1849

14 Luisa Miller
  • Salvatore Cammarano
3ItalianSan Carlo, Naples

8 Dec 1849

15 Stiffelio
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3ItalianTeatro Grande, Trieste

16 Nov 1850

16 Rigoletto
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3ItalianLa Fenice, Venice

11 Mar 1851

17 Il trovatore 4Italian Teatro Apollo, Rome

19 Jan 1853

Cammarano died before completion; his libretto was restructured by Bardare.
18 La traviata
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3ItalianLa Fenice, Venice

6 Mar 1853

19 Les vêpres siciliennes 5FrenchSalle Le Peletier, Paris

13 June 1855

19a Giovanna de Guzman 5Italian Teatro Regio, Parma

26 Dec 1855

Revision and translation of Les vêpres siciliennes.

Also known as Batilda di Turenne in an 1858 Naples production [1] .

After 1861 most commonly known as I vespri siciliani.

17a Le trouvère
  • Salvatore Cammarano
  • Leone Emanuele Bardare [2] [3]
4French La Monnaie, Brussels

20 May 1856 [2]

Revision and translation of Il trovatore, with added ballet.
20 Simon Boccanegra
  • Francesco Maria Piave
3ItalianLa Fenice, Venice

12 Mar 1857

15a Aroldo
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4Italian Teatro Nuovo Communale  [ it ], Rimini

16 Aug 1857

Revision of Stiffelio set in Anglo-Saxon Britain. Act 3 expanded.
21 Un ballo in maschera 3ItalianTeatro Apollo, Rome

17 Feb 1859

Revision of the unperformed Gustavo III .
22 La forza del destino
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4Italian Bolshoi, Saint Petersburg

10 Nov 1862

10a Macbeth
  • Francesco Maria Piave
4Italian Théâtre Lyrique, Paris

21 Apr 1865

Revised version with cuts including Macbeth's final aria.
23 Don Carlos 5FrenchSalle Le Peletier, Paris

11 Mar 1867

23a Don Carlo 5Italian Royal Italian Opera House, London

4 Jun 1867

Translation of Don Carlos, first performed with unauthorised amendments and cuts.

Italian première of this version took place on 4 Jun 1867 at the Teatro Comunale, Bologna.

22a La forza del destino
  • Francesco Maria Piave
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
4ItalianLa Scala, Milan

27 Feb 1869

Revised version, with text added by Ghislanzoni.
24 Aida
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
4Italian Khedivia, Cairo

24 Dec 1871

15b Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Antonio Ghislanzoni
5ItalianSan Carlo, Naples

Nov / Dec 1872

Revised version, with text added by Ghislanzoni.
20a Simon Boccanegra
  • Francesco Maria Piave
  • Arrigo Boito
3ItalianTeatro alla Scala, Milan

24 Mar 1881

Revised version, with text changed and added by Boito.

Act 1 Council Chamber finale added in this version.

23b Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Angelo Zanardini  [ it ]
4ItalianLa Scala, Milan

10 Jan 1884

Second revised version, omitting Act 1 and the ballet.

Initial revisions in French (from Don Carlos) by du Locle and Nuittier (working with Verdi).

First performed in an Italian translation by Zanardini (incorporating previous work of de Lauzières).

23c Don Carlo
  • Joseph Méry
  • Camille du Locle
  • Charles-Louis-Étienne Nuitter
  • Achille de Lauzières
  • Angelo Zanardini
5Italian Teatro Municipale, Modena

29 Dec 1886

Third revised version, restoring Act 1.
25 Otello
  • Arrigo Boito
4ItalianLa Scala, Milan

5 Feb 1887

26 Falstaff
  • Arrigo Boito
3ItalianLa Scala, Milan

9 Feb 1893

Incomplete projects

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Antonio Somma Italian opera librettist

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  4. Nell'orror di notte oscura (Carlo Angiolini)
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Sacred works

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  1. Ave Maria (1889) : for mixed solo voices
  2. Stabat Mater (1897) : for mixed chorus and orchestra
  3. Laudi alla Vergine Maria (1888) : for female voices
  4. Te Deum (1896) : for double chorus and orchestra

Other sacred works

Other vocal works (secular)

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Instrumental, orchestral, chamber works




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