(1813 - 1901).  Italian composer.  He was the dominant figure in Italian opera for half a century.  After creating several early works in the tradition of Bellini and Donizetti, he became more innovative in his melodic and dramatic elements.

A more personal style emerged in his "Rigoletto" and "Aida", and later in "Il Trovatore" and "La Traviata".  At the end of his career, dominated mostly by dramatic works, he created his subtle comic masterpiece "Falstaff".  His most memorable non-theatrical works are the sacred chorus "Ave Maria", and the Manzoni "Requiem".
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steven - 24 Sep 2009