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Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy. An Exhibition at NYU’s Bobst Library


In October 2013, Giuseppe Verdi turned 200. As we celebrate the bicentennial of the great Italian composer, his operas enjoy undiminished success around the world. The exhibit Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy pays tribute to Verdi’s legacy exploring scores, librettos, correspondence, and memorabilia. The journey begins in Milan,where Verdi made his debut in 1839, and explores the composer’s international success, his relationship with publishers, singers, and political authorities, his creative process, and his reception in the new world and in today’s culture.

New York University houses the American Institute for Verdi Studies, a leading research center for Verdi’s life and works. Most of the selections on display in this exhibit were acquired through the AIVS and are preserved in its Archive, in the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, and in the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University.

Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy is on display in the Mandouha S. Bobst Gallery and the Avery Fisher Center, located in the Elmer H. Bobst Library at New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York. On view April 4 – August 29, 2014.

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