Memorials to Giuseppe Verdi

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Luigi Secchi's 1913 statue of Verdi in Busseto Verdi statue.jpg
Luigi Secchi's 1913 statue of Verdi in Busseto
Verdi's bust outside the Teatro Massimo in Palermo Verdi palermo bust 200805.jpg
Verdi's bust outside the Teatro Massimo in Palermo

The following is a compilation of memorials to the composer Giuseppe Verdi in the form of physical monuments and institutions and other entities named after him.

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.


Music schools and theatres

There are three music conservatories, the Milan Conservatory and those in Turin and Como, and many theatres named after Verdi in Italy.

Milan Conservatory Conservatory named after Verdi

The Milan Conservatory is a college of music in Milan.

Turin Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy. It is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Turin and of the Piedmont region, and was the first capital city of Italy from 1861 to 1865. The city is located mainly on the western bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley, and is surrounded by the western Alpine arch and Superga Hill. The population of the city proper is 878,074 while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.

Como Comune in Lombardy, Italy

Como is a city and comune in Lombardy, Italy. It is the administrative capital of the Province of Como.

The theatres include:

Bolzano Comune in Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, Italy

Bolzano is the capital city of the province of South Tyrol in northern Italy. With a population of 107,436, Bolzano is also by far the largest city in South Tyrol and the third largest in Tyrol. The metropolis has about 250,000 inhabitants and is one of the urban centers within the Alps.

The Theatre Nuovo Teatro Giuseppe Verdi of Brindisi, Italy was inaugurated on December 20, 2006.

Brindisi Comune in Apulia, Italy

Brindisi is a city in the region of Apulia in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Brindisi, on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Historically, the city has played an important role in trade and culture, due to its strategic position on the Italian Peninsula and its natural port on the Adriatic Sea. The city remains a major port for trade with Greece and the Middle East. Its industries include agriculture, chemical works, and the generation of electricity.



Verdi’s hometown of Busseto displays Luigi Secchi's 1913 statue of a seated Verdi.

Luigi Secchi was an Italian sculptor.


The Giuseppe Verdi Monument, a marble monument in his honor, is located in Verdi Square in Manhattan, New York City. The monument by Pasquale Civiletti was dedicated on 11 October 1906. It includes a statue of Verdi and life-sized statues of four of his well-known characters: Aida, Otello, Falstaff, and Leonora. [1]

Giuseppe Verdi Monument sculpture by Pasquale Civiletti

The Giuseppe Verdi Monument is a sculpture in honor of composer Giuseppe Verdi located in Verdi Square Park in Manhattan, New York City. The statue, by Pasquale Civiletti (1858–1952), depicts Verdi flanked by four of his most popular characters: Falstaff, Leonora of La forza del destino, Aida, and Otello.

Verdi Square

Verdi Square is a small triangle of land enclosed by a railing, located on Manhattan's Upper West Side, between 72nd Street and 73rd Street on the south and north, and Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue on the west and east. On the south the square fronts West 72nd Street; across the street to the south lies Sherman Square. On the north side, the park is enclosed by the Florentine Renaissance palazzo of the Central Savings Bank, now Apple Bank for Savings; that trapezoidal structure, with a vast vaulted Roman banking hall 65 feet high, was designed by York and Sawyer and built in 1926–28.

Carlo Nicoli’s bust of Verdi was erected in Tower Grove Park in Saint. Louis in 1887. [2]

Tower Grove Park

Tower Grove Park is a municipal park in the city of St. Louis, Missouri. Most of its land was donated to the city by Henry Shaw in 1868. It is on 289 acres (1.17 km²) adjacent to the Missouri Botanical Garden, another of Shaw's legacies. It extends 1.6 miles from west to east, between Kingshighway Boulevard and Grand Boulevard. It is bordered on the north by Magnolia Avenue and on the south by Arsenal Street.

Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park is the home on G.B.Bashanellifuso’s bust of Verdi, "a gift of the Italian Colony of Philadelphia to the city in 1907." [3]

A bust of Verdi by Orazio Grossone was placed in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on 1914. [4]


The International Astronomical Union named the impact crater Verdi on the planet Mercury after the composer in 1979 [5]

Verdi Inlet ( 71°36′S74°30′W / 71.600°S 74.500°W / -71.600; -74.500 Coordinates: 71°36′S74°30′W / 71.600°S 74.500°W / -71.600; -74.500 ) is an ice-filled inlet lying between Pesce Peninsula and Harris Peninsula, on the north side of the Beethoven Peninsula, situated in the southwest portion of Alexander Island, Antarctica. It was named for the composer by the United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee. [6]

A minor planet has been named 3975 Verdi.

The towns of Verdi, Nevada and Verdi, California, which abut on the state line, were named after Verdi by Charles Crocker, founder of the Central Pacific Railroad, when he pulled a slip of paper from a hat and read the name of the Italian opera composer in 1868. [7] Verdi, Minnesota is named both for the composer and the green fields surrounding the town. [8]

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Verdi Inlet is an ice-filled inlet lying between Pesce Peninsula and Harris Peninsula, on the north side of the Beethoven Peninsula, situated in the southwest portion of Alexander Island, Antarctica. The inlet was observed from the air and first roughly mapped by the Ronne Antarctic Research Expedition in 1947-48. Remapped from the RARE air photos by Searle of the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in 1960. Named by United Kingdom Antarctic Place-Names Committee after Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901), Italian opera composer.

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  2. McCue, George, Sculpture City:St. Louis, photograph by David Finn and Amy Binder, Hudson Hills Press, NY in association with Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, 1988 p. 45
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  8. Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota Historical Society. 1920. pp. 309–.