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Verdi never really met Wagner, but there was a lingering rivalry between the two composers, since they are both considered the best operatic composers of their time. This video will explain more, and it’s also fun!
A fun trivia is also the fact that his name was used as an acronym for political reasons in Italy. During the fight for Italy’s independence, it was used as an acronym for “Viva Vittorio Emanuele Re D’Italia”.
Italian to his bones, Verdi was a big fan of food and especially his native area’s dishes. All Italians are culinary maniacs, but he was one of the few who actually has ham with his face on it – the Spalla Cotta Di San Secundo was his favorite pork product – he used to send it to his friends all around the world.
And finally, his funeral. It still remains as the largest public assembly of people in the history of Italy. Nabucco was played by musicians from all over the country and the whole thing was conducted by Artuto Toscanini. Who wouldn’t want such grandiose death?