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02 September 2020

 

In the third of our series of short lectures with ACE Tour Director and historian Christopher Wellington, we learn about the life, connections and works of Giuseppe Verdi.

Recalling hearing the Messa da Requiem, written to honour the Italian writer and philosopher Alessandro Manzoni, in the surroundings of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, Christopher explores Verdi’s extraordinary ability to communicate emotion and drama. By the end of his life, the theatre had grown from being a predominantly social space to one wherein Verdi wanted audiences to focus upon the stage and empathise with the characters. Like Shakespeare, Verdi took the great themes of life and was able to combine great drama with comedic moments.

 

 
Image: Portrait of Giuseppe Verdi by Giovanni Boldini, 1886
 
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