MARIA NOCKIN makes a virtual visit
to Covent Garden for
In 1839, twenty-six year old Giuseppe Verdi's first opera, Oberto, was successfully premièred at La Scala in Milan. As a result impresario, Bartolomeo Merelli, gave the composer a contract for two more works. Verdi then composed Un Giorno di regno, which was a major fiasco at its premiere in 1840 and Nabucco, which put his name on every theatergoer's lips in 1842. From that time on Verdi wrote constantly, calling the decade following Nabucco his 'galley years'. During that time he composed fourteen operas, including I Lombardi in 1843, Ernani in 1844 and Macbeth in 1847...
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