Giuseppe Verdi, the popular genius behind Rigoletto, Aida and La Traviata, continues to enthral audiences with his daring music and stories of love and death. His life was as dramatic and passionate as his music. As this biography shows, he was always fighting: for Italy's freedom and nationhood and for his own artistic freedom against the censors, opera impressarios and the authorities.
Barbara Meier has written widely on classical composers, including Mahler, Strauss and Schoenberg. Her biography of Robert Schumann was published in the Life&Times Series (Haus Publishing) in 2004.