Professor Francesco Izzo is a Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. He is Co-Director of the American Institute for Verdi Studies and general editor of the critical edition of The Works of Giuseppe Verdi. He is frequently invited as a speaker, contributor of program notes, and consultant at opera houses, festivals, and media outlets, including the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, the Welsh National Opera, and the BBC.
Interviews with Francesco Izzo
Nearly everyone knows the photo of Verdi’s funeral, the streets of Milan packed with people paying homage to the great composer. How did the son of an innkeeper from Le Roncole become not only one of the most famous opera composers of all time but also a prominent symbol of Italy’s Risorgimento? Verdi expert Francesco Izzo discusses the books to read to best understand the man, the myths, and the music.