Giuseppe Verdi en Review: Jonas Kaufmann Sings Wagner And Verdi Transcript <p>TERRY GROSS, HOST: <p>This is FRESH AIR. At 44, the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann may be the most popular tenor of his generation and one of the most versatile. Music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews two of his recordings this year, dedicated to both Verdi and Wagner, celebrating the bicentennials of their birth.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>LLOYD SCHWARTZ, BYLINE: I've never heard Jonas Kaufmann in person, though I've seen him in several leading roles in the Metropolitan Opera's live telecasts. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:38:00 +0000 Lloyd Schwartz 23236 at Why Verdi? <p>My first exposure to the music of Guiseppe Verdi came in high school. Fred Junkin, the director of the Victoria High School Band, chose Verdi&#39;s &quot;Overture to La Forza del Destino&quot; for one of our contest pieces. The drama of the piece stuck with me, such that as a professional musician and devoted listener to classical music, my heart still responds to Verdi&#39;s restless score. Fri, 11 Oct 2013 22:01:43 +0000 James Baker 20062 at Why Verdi? Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature Two hundred years ago today, in a small northern Italian village, a couple named Verdi — tavern owners by trade — welcomed the birth of a baby boy who would later change the face of opera forever. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 13:59:42 +0000 Tom Huizenga 19965 at Verdi's Operas: A Vigorous Soundtrack To Human Nature Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects Two hundred years ago this week, <a href="" target="_blank">Giuseppe Verdi</a> was born in an Italian town midway between Bologna and Milan. On the occasion of his bicentennial, <em>All Things Considered</em> wanted to know what makes the great opera composer so enduring — why his work is still so frequently discussed and performed these two centuries later. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 21:11:46 +0000 NPR Staff 19849 at Verdi's Gift: Wringing Catchy Music From Touchy Subjects How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare <em></em>This past week may have been <a href="" target="_blank">a rough one for the classical world</a>, but there is something to look forward to.<p>This coming week, we celebrate the 200th birthday of <a href="" target="_blank">Giuseppe Verdi</a>, composer of the best opera of all time. (That's right, Wagner fans. Start writing those letters.)<p>I'm talking about Verdi's spectacular rendering of <em>Othello, the Moor of Venice. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 21:56:00 +0000 Arun Rath 19718 at How Verdi Improved On Shakespeare First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi' At the opening of Anna <a href="" target="_blank">Netrebko</a>'s new album, <em>Verdi</em>, we find her in the role of Lady Macbeth, reading a letter confirming the fulfillment of a prophecy made by Shakespeare's (and <a href="" target="_blank">Verdi</a>'s) infamous witches.<p>It may be a portentous way for the celebrated soprano to begin her first studio album in five years — and the first to reveal a newly darkened, larger-sounding voice, singing repertoire untested in fully staged productions Mon, 12 Aug 2013 05:14:39 +0000 Tom Huizenga 16484 at First Listen: Anna Netrebko, 'Verdi' The Tragic Story Of 'Traviata' Muse Marie Duplessis You may not know the name Marie Duplessis, but odds are you know some stories about her. She inspired a French novel<em>,</em> which was turned into a successful play, several movies (including one starring Greta Garbo), a ballet and, most famously, a great Italian opera — <em>La Traviata</em><em>.</em><p>Duplessis was a famous 19th-century Parisian courtesan known for her relationships with prestigious men. But she tragically died of tuberculosis at 23. Tue, 02 Jul 2013 22:30:00 +0000 editor 14154 at The Tragic Story Of 'Traviata' Muse Marie Duplessis 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain It's easy to think of opera as little more than an affected flock of singers warbling onstage in lacy brocade with pancake makeup, chandeliers and champagne.<p>But you won't see any of that in Philippe Béziat's artful new documentary <em>Becoming Traviata</em>, now <a href="" target="_blank">making the rounds</a> of U.S. film festivals and art houses. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:18:09 +0000 Tom Huizenga 12562 at 'Becoming Traviata': A Look At Opera From Behind The Curtain Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend <p>This weekend the San Antonio Symphony is joined by soloists and choirs to present Verdi's Requiem. The program will include three choirs and four soloists, in addition to a full orchestra.</p><p>"It was natural to feature Verdi during this anniversary," says conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. "It truly is operatic, and you'll hear that with our amazing soloists, choruses."</p><p>April 12 &amp; 13, 2013 at 8 p.m., Majestic Theatre</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:51:15 +0000 John Clare 9434 at Verdi's Operatic Requiem Featured This Weekend Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata,' The Opera Of Operas <p>There are a handful of operas that define the genre; their time period irrelevant and their themes go to the very heart of the human condition.</p><p>We live with these creations daily without our knowing it and they are the very musical air we breath. They exist in the opera house, on the the concert stage (without scenery), in the recital hall (as excerpts, arranged for piano), in the elevator, on the radio, in the lightest cartoons and the darkest dramas - and yes, in the shower.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:59:13 +0000 Ron Moore 8736 at Giuseppi Verdi's 'La Traviata,' The Opera Of Operas