Following the success of Aida, Verdi mourns the loss of Italian writer Alessandro Manzoni—a man he greatly admired—and writes a requiem in his honor. Giuseppina fears Verdi may have found a new muse.
Giuseppe Verdi was born in 1813 and lived until 1901, his life spanning nearly a century of political turmoil and considerable personal turmoil. This 1982 biographical television miniseries, as seen on PBS's Great Performances, dramatizes the life of this classic Italian composer known for operas including La Traviata, Rigoletto, and Aida and his Requiem.
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