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'Verdi' takes a lively approach to uncovering the man behind the art

Even if you’ve never stepped into a concert hall in your life, you’ve almost certainly heard something written by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi. That catchy tenor aria that’s been stuck in your head since you heard it playing at that Italian restaurant two weeks ago? Probably “La donne è mobile,” from Verdi’s "Rigoletto." That Super Bowl commercial with the overdramatic chorus punctuated by massive thwacks on the bass drum? Definitely the “Dies Irae” from his “Messa da Requiem.” And that one opera

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