Genius, patriot, pessimist, atheist: this fascinating book gets under the skin of Italy’s best-loved composer, Giuseppe Verdi. From Rigoletto to Otello, La Traviata to Aida, Verdi’s canon encompassed the full range of human emotion. His private life was no less compelling: he suffered great loss, and went out of his way to antagonise many erstwhile supporters, including his own family. An outspoken advocate of Italian independence and a sharp critic of the church, he was often at odds with 19th century society and paid the price. In the telling of this tale, Suchet reveals the contradictory and sometimes curmudgeonly character of this great artist, conflicted throughout much of his life but ultimately unable to walk away from the art form he will forever be known for.
For history buffs and classical music aficionados alike, Verdi: The Man Revealed will be a must-read this autumn. Available from all good bookshops – get your copy now!