Program Details

The Life, Times and Music of Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Albanese
Video Catch-up

Course Description

This series will be both a comprehensive review of Giuseppe Verdi's major contributions to Italian opera and a loving tribute. Emphasis will be placed on Verdi's position as a composer, political catalyst, and cultural icon. His life and compositional history will be illustrated utilizing the monumental six-part documentary "Verdi" in a newly edited version. Interesting commentary by Maestro Albanese will accompany the showings.


  1. Early Life and Career: Tragedy and Triumph
  2. Verdi and Italian Nationalism
  3. The Galley Years: Man at Work
  4. The Creative Middle Period: Three Great Operas
  5. Evolution of a Maestro: Changing Times
  6. Verdi and Italian Grand Opera: Enduring Legacy

About the Instructor

  • Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history in 1966. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled "The Joy of Opera." For the past 30 years, he has lectured extensively on numerous operatic subjects and has produced several video documentaries. Albanese will be celebrating 28 years with Lifelong Learning at FAU in 2023.

    Recipient of the 2000 Excellence in Teaching Award