[Opera Aficionado: Interactive Lecture Series] Verdi and the Human Voice

Presented by San Francisco Opera

A photograph of Pene Pati as the Duke of Mantua and Zanda Svede as Maddalena in Verdi's "Rigoletto." The two stand close, gazing at one another as the Duke of Mantua clutches Maddalena's hand. Photo by Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera

Opera Aficionado is an exciting, new suite of programs designed for patrons who are passionate about opera. Aficionado provides an opportunity to learn more, dive deeper, and get an inside look at the world of opera.

As part of Opera Aficionado, our Interactive Lectures Series gives opera-goers around the world a front-row seat to scholarly talks, allowing attendees to dialogue with fellow opera lovers, experts, and special guests. Each month will be focused on a concept or theme relevant to all of us.

The music of Giuseppe Verdi displays a passionate love for the human voice. With more than fifty works to his name, only a handful of them lack this most natural of instruments. From his selection of voice types for specific characters, to the way in which his melodic writing morphs as the characters evolve, the human voice serves as his most important tool in dramatic storytelling. Alexandra Amati returns to Opera Aficionado to explore how the music of Verdi gives us all something to sing about. 

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