Music: Viva Verdi! Viva Verdi!

Attila storms City Opera, new Traviata bows at the Met

Even a genius needs practice to bring his talent into full flower. Beethoven, for example, had to get two fairly conventional symphonies under his belt before he revolutionized the form in the Eroica. Wagner, the creator of the German music-drama, required four false starts before he produced The Flying Dutchman. Giuseppe Verdi, the greatest of Italian opera composers, was no exception. Before Rigoletto, his first masterpiece, there came 16 other works, most of which have languished in obscurity for years.

No longer. The Verdi...

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