Verdi, Giuseppe

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Verdi, Giuseppe Gender: M
Verdi, Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco
born on 10 October 1813 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Le Roncole, Italy, 44n5709, 10e0420
Timezone LMT m10e0420 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 17°05' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 28°02 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 14°51'

Giuseppe Verdi


Italian musician and composer who became known as the Grand Old Man of Italian opera. His first opera, "Oberto," was written at the age of 20 and was followed by 30 more, including "Rigoletto," 1851, La Traviata," 1853, "Aida," 1871 and "Falstaff," 1893.

Verdi's dad was keeper of a tavern and grocery, illiterate and too poor to give his son an education. However the boy showed his musical gift at an early age and attracted the attention of Antonio Barezzi, a merchant who loved music. Barezzi helped Giuseppe with his education. At 18, he went to Milan to study for three years.

Verdi took the post of musical director of Busseto, near his birth village, and in 1836, he married the daughter of his patron, Margherita Barezzi. He had an opera produced in 1839 that was so successful that he was commissioned to compose three more for the Milanese theater.

His work came to a tragic stop, however, when he lost his family. He and his first wife Margherita (who died 6/18/1840) had two children, Virginia (3/26/1837 - 8/12/1838) and Icilio Romano (11/11/1838 - 10/22/1839). His opera "un giorno di regno" was a total flop that was soundly jeered by the audience on 9/05/1840, leaving a lasting psychological imprint on his attitude toward critics and the press. Overcome with despair, he vowed he would never compose again.

Two years later, he reluctantly accepted a commission. The result established his reputation in Italy with the release of "Nabucco," in 1842, taking him to Paris where he lived from 1847-1849.

He returned to Busseto with his mistress, Giuseppina Strepponi. Now a man of some wealth, he purchased Sant'Agata, which was his home for the rest of his life. After a scandal-ridden interlude in which both Verdi and Strepponi seemed reluctant to marry, they finally legalized their union in 1859.

From 1855, Verdi reigned as an international figure and outstanding success. With more patriotism than taste for politics, he agreed to run for office and was elected to Parliament in 1861, but took no active role and resigned in 1865. After his "Four Sacred Pieces" in 1898, he wrote no more. His beloved wife had died the prior year, and he himself was failing in strength.

Died on 1/27/1901, Milan, Italy

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bellini, Vincenzo (born 3 November 1801). Notes: he admired Bellini
  • friend relationship with Boito, Arrigo (born 24 February 1842). Notes: librettist of "Otello", "Simon Boccanegra" and "Falstaff"
  • friend relationship with Manzoni, Alessandro (born 7 March 1785). Notes: Verdi creates a requiem for him (publ. 22.5.1874)
  • compare to chart of Donizetti, Gaetano (born 29 November 1797). Notes: composer of belcanto, died
  • compare to chart of Felipe II, King of Spain (born 21 May 1527 Jul.Cal. (31 May 1527 greg.)). Notes: operas "Don Carlos" and "Don Carlo" (7 versions)
  • compare to chart of Schiller, Friedrich von (born 10 November 1759). Notes: Operas: I Masnadieri, Don Carlos, Giovanna d'Arco,Luisa Miller
  • compare to chart of Shakespeare, William (born 23 April 1564 Jul.Cal. (3 May 1564 greg.)). Notes: Operas: Otello, Macbeth, Falstaff
  • compare to chart of Wagner, Richard (born 22 May 1813). Notes: Same year born


  • Social : Begin a program of study 1831 (Benefactor sent him to Milan to study)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1836 (First wife, Margherita Barezzi)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 November 1839 in Milano (Oberto, conte di Bonifacio (his first opera)(Scala))
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  • Death of Child 1840 (Both kids died)
  • Death of Mate 1840 (Margherita died)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 5 September 1840 in Milano (Un giorno di regno)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 March 1842 in Milano (Nabucco (with Giuseppina Strepponi as Abigail))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 11 February 1843 in Milano ("I Lombardi alla prima crocciata")
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 9 March 1844 in Venice (Ernani)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 3 November 1844 in Roma (I due Foscari)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 15 February 1845 in Milano (Giovanna d'Arco (of the work of Schiller))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 12 August 1845 in Napoli (Alzira)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 March 1846 in Venice (Attila)
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  • Family : Change residence 1847 (Moved to Paris)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 14 March 1847 at 4:30 PM in Firenze (Macbeth)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 22 July 1847 in London (I Masnadieri (= Schiller's "Die Räuber"))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 25 October 1848 at 7:00 PM in Trieste (Il Corsaro)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 27 January 1849 in Roma (La Battaglia di Legnano)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 8 December 1849 in Napoli (Luisa Miller (from Schiller's Kabale und Liebe))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1851 (Opera, "Rigoletto")
  • Death of Mother 28 June 1851 (28 june 1851 (after his success "Rigoletto"))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 19 January 1853 in Roma (Il Trovatore)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 6 March 1853 at 8:00 PM in Venice (La Traviata)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 13 June 1855 in Paris (Les Vepres Siciliennes (opera for World Exposition Paris))
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 12 March 1857 at 8:00 PM in Venice (Simon Boccanegra)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 1859 (Second wife Giuseppina Strepponi)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 17 February 1859 in Roma (Un ballo in maschera)
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  • Work : New Career 1861 (Elected to Parliament)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 10 November 1862 in Petrograd (La forza del destino)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1867 (Opera, "Don Carlos")
  • Death of Father 1867 (Verdi's father dies 1867)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1871 (Opera, "Aida")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 5 February 1887 in Milano (Otello)
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  • Death of Mate 1898 (Giuseppina died)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1898 (Last written piece)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 27 January 1901 at 02:50 AM in Milano (Age 87)
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Source Notes

Lockhart in Constellations '77 quotes the biography, "Gerick and Pougin," 1886. Same in Sabian Symbols No.926. Shelley Jordan quotes church documents from the archive of San Michel Arcangelo in Roncole, which state that, "a priest baptised a male child this morning... born yesterday, October 10, 1813, at the eighth hour of the day." The Civil Record has the same information. "Verdi, a Biography," by Mary Jane Phillips-Matz, co-founder of the American Institute for Verdi Studies at NYU, Oxford Press, 1993, quotes Verdi himself, "My mother always told me I was born at nine in the evening on the ninth day of October, 1814." He claimed that he looked at his B.C. for the first time when he was 62; afterwards, he would say that he had been born in 1813, but on October 9th. His parents owned a small local tavern and were land-owners, so could well have had a clock. However, the biographer sides with records and not with Verdi, as he was known to be capable of totally distorting reality, especially time.

T.Pat Davis reports that "A PBS TV documentary (given 10/24 and 10/31/1983), gave considerable attention to discussing Verdi's early afternoon birth and the birth place was shown. The birth time was stated clearly: 2:08 PM." Davis rectifies to 13:16:54 GMT.

LMR questions that perhaps the TV research team had interpreted "the eighth hour of the day" to mean eight hours after dawn? (Dawn was 6:12 AM LMT)

May 2002: Tony Louis sends a website report on the birth of Giuseppe Verdi. His birth certificate is kept in the Archives of the Busseto Municipality and was presented on the website (but did not copy)

"In the year 1813, on the day of 12th October at nine o'clock in the morning, there appeared at the Mayor's office of Busseto in the Department of Taro one Carlo Verdi, aged 28, an innkeeper of Roncole, to announce the birth of a male child on the 10th of this month at 8 o'clock in the evening, declaring the child to be his and Luigia Uttini's, a spinner, living in Roncole, his wife, and that the child be given the first names of Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco.

"For many years Verdi believed his birthday to be October 9, 1814 because 'this is what his mother had told him' and claiming that only after seeing the baptismal record in 1876 did he realize he was both a day younger and a year older than he had supposed. How he managed to obtain passports and marry twice without being aware of his actual birthdate is one of those mysteries which fits perfectly into the many other mysteries surrounding his own 'take' on his biography, which is quite often at odds with contemporary witnesses: Verdi was an intensely private person and preferred to draw a veil over certain matters in order to guard this privacy.

"The initial confusion about the actual day of his birth may have arisen from the certificate of baptism of 11th October 1813, which states that the child was born 'yesterday', taken to mean October 9, because, according to some sources, in the early part of the 19th century (church) days were reckoned to begin and end at sundown: the 11th would thus have begun at sundown on the 10th, and 'yesterday at 8 p.m.' would indicate 8 p.m. of October 9. The civil birth certificate above, dated 12th October 1813 and based on father Carlo Verdi's declaration, clearly states that 'Joseph Fortunin François' - the names are given in French due to napoleonic rule in that part of Italy at the time - was born on the 10th."

On 7 December 2014, Sy Scholfield forwarded a copy of the birth certificate found online [1]. The document is written in French because Le Roncole, the village where he was born, was then within the borders of the First French Empire. The birth certificate no. 307 dated 12 October 1813 states that Joseph Fortunin François Verdi was born on the 10th of that month at eight in the evening ("né le jour dix du courant à huit heures du soir").


  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage 38 years)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Widowed (First wife died)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids -Traumatic event (Two kids died)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Intern/ Apprentice (Education sponsered by Barezzi)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loss of job (Didn't work for two yrs. following wife's death)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger (30+ operas)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Music teacher (Musical director)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/Opera
  • Vocation : Politics : Public office (M.P., one term)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Notable : Book Collection : American Book