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VERDIíS SITES - PLACES GIUSEPPE VERDI WAS FOND OF

An observant traveller travelling to the places where the child Giuseppe Verdi grew up, and spent his youth cultivating his love for music, and subsequently his adulthood as a composer, will undoubtedly discover the close links those places have with his intense musical activity.

Life was to have in store for him many bitter or happy events, but it was these places with the artistic value they still hold, the outcome of a noble past, that profoundly affected the formation of the musician, the artistic and moral protagonist of his times, the universal genius in the history of music.

Giuseppe Verdi Theatre

The Theatre in Busseto was built after 1856, when the Municipality became the owner of the Pallavicino Fortress  which dominates Piazza Verdi: the project was entrusted to Pier Luigi Montecchini and the décor to Gioacchino Levi and Lorenzo Gelati; after the latter’s death, he was replaced by the painters Giuseppe Baisi and Alessandro Malpeli.
The new theatre, found to the right of the fortress, maintained  the structure of the small hall which preceded it and which it replaced.
The stalls have a wooden floor and seat about one hundred spectators; there are two tiers with sixteen boxes, the Royal box, and the gallery; the theatre seats about four hundred people altogether.
The paintings on the vault, by Levi, represent Comedy, Tragedy, Melodrama, and Romantic Drama.
The stage still preserves the stage sets for Falstaff created in 1926 for the La Scala Theatre in Milan.
The theatre was opened on 15 August 1868 - but Verdi was absent - with a performance of Rigoletto then of Un ballo in maschera. The dance scene was performed by Virginia Zucchi, who was destined to become one of the greatest ballet dancers of her time.
Toscanini conducted there in 1913, centenary of Verdi’s birth, and again in 1926, the twenty-fifth anniversary of the composer’s death.

The House where Verdi was born
This is found on the provincial road to Busseto at the crossroads in the centre of the village.
Giuseppe Verdi was born in the small house in the locality called Roncole, on the night of 10 October 1813. His father Carlo ran a public house there and had a store selling various types of goods. The building was declared a national monument and has remained intact to the present day.
A plaque on the front dated 1872 states that the Counts Pallavicino, who owned the building, wished it to remain as it was.
In 1901, the year of Verdi’s death, the poor people of Roncole, who had been mentioned in his Will, placed a plaque on the front of the building to honour his memory.
In 1913, the first centenary of his birth, a bronze bust by the sculptor G. Cantù was placed in the small garden.
On the first floor of this humble abode you can visit the room where Giuseppe Verdi was born.
In the series of celebrations which ended in January 2001, centenary of his death, the Municipality of Busseto organised the explanatory panels for the house where Verdi was born, which is now a Museum, as well as audiovisual material and computerised material.

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