Verdi, Giuseppe

Verdi had resolved never to compose again, but a line in the libretto caught his fancy, and almost in spite of himself he read it through two or three times. Then, from day to day, appropriate strains of music would come to him, and so he hesitatingly wrote the score. Merelli produced it in 1842, during the carnival before Lent. Nabucco was a real triumph, and with it Verdi's career began. Its success was surpassed the next year by I Lombardi, which became Italy's most popular composition. In 1844 Ernani was produced at the Fenice Theatre in Venice. It was an enormous success, and Verdi's popularity was assured.