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VIVA V.E.R.D.I: A Giant of Italian Opera



VIVA V.E.R.D.I: A Giant of Italian Opera

Lecture series with Murray Dahm (from Opera Bites)

Join Murray Dahm for a series of informative and enjoyable lectures exploring the glory of Giuseppe Verdi’s most famous operas.

Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) is one of the world’s greatest and most revered opera composers. Several of his operas (Nabucco, La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, Otello and more) are the most popular works, performed hundreds of times each and every year in different productions in all the worlds opera houses, from the smallest to the greatest and most famous. Verdi’s operas have been sung (and recorded) by the greatest singers of every age. The stories of Verdi’s operas are also timeless and speak of universal truths of love and struggle which audiences have always identified with.

Verdi was a master of melody, a gift which never deserted him in his long career (his last opera, Falstaff appearing in 1893, his first otellohad come in 1839, a 54 year composing career). Verdi’s melodies are as fresh and beautiful today as when he penned them, and they can be heard on radios, televisions and stages throughout the world (often not in their original context), not to mention in a vast legacy of recordings. Verdi was at the forefront of changes in opera from the age of Donizetti through the Risorgimento to the age of Verismo and Puccini. As such, Verdi, his operas and his melodies, unified Italians during periods of foreign occupation; his ‘Va Pensiero’ chorus from Nabucco is only one example. Verdi himself was political and supported Italian independence, often having to fight political and religious censors. Verdi’s name itself became political in the 1860s, being used as an acronym for Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re d’Italia: Viva V.E.R.D.I.

Verdi’s music is as full of beauty and life today as it was in the 19th century and in this course of six lectures we will examine six of Verdi’s masterpieces, exploring their historical context and illustrating them with an array of historical and new recordings, including the use of DVDs of famous productions and interpreters. The operas to be examined will be: Nabucco, Rigoletto, La Traviata, Macbeth, Aida and Otello.

Each 2 hour lecture (held in English) will include tea and coffee.

murray dahmTutore: Murray Dahm

Murray Dahm had been delivering lectures on the history of opera in Australia since 2003. He has also lectured in the UK, USA and New Zealand on various aspects of opera. Murray began life as a historian but fell in love with performing opera. He then had a turn directing operas and running his own (small) opera company. He brings a love of opera, performance and the human voice, as well as an appreciation of the historical context to every lecture.

COST: $210  (no discounts apply)

Downolad the brochure HERE.

To book for the course download HERE the enrolment form, fill it in and send it to: 

For further information call: (02) 9261 1780


Date: Da Tuesday, March 05, 2019 a Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Time: From 10:30 am To 12:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

In collaboration with : Opera Bites

Entrance : With fee


Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Sydney