This is one title in a series of short, illustrated biographies. They tell the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past, from Beethoven to Dietrich and from Einstein to Churchill. Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), the writer of "Rigoletto", "Aida" and "La Traviata", continues to enthral audiences with his daring music and stories of love and death. As this biography shows, his life was as dramatic as his music. A passionate nationalist, he was always fighting: for Italy's liberty and nationhood; for his own artistic freedom against the censors and opera impressarios; and against those who frowned on his unorthodox living arrangements with his wife and mistress.
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.