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Verdi was born the son of Carlo Giuseppe Verdi and Luigia Uttini in Le Roncole, a village near Busseto, then in the Département Taro which was a part of the First French Empire after the annexation of the Duchy of Parma and Piacenza. The baptismal register, on 11 October lists him as being "born yesterday", but since days were often considered to begin at sunset, this could have meant either 9 or 10 October. The next day, he was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin as Joseph Fortuninus Franciscus. The day after that (Tuesday), Verdi's father took his newborn the three miles to Busseto, where the baby was recorded as Joseph Fortunin François; the clerk wrote in French. "So it happened that for the civil and temporal world Verdi was born a Frenchman."
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Giuseppe Verdi Official Site
www.giuseppeverdi.it - Web
National Museum Giuseppe Verdi
www.museogiuseppeverdi.it - Web
Stanford University list of Verdi operas, premiere locations and dates, etc.
opera.stanford.edu/Verdi/main.html - Web
Gallery for «Giuseppe Verdi»
"Album Verdi" from the Digital Library of the National Library of Naples (Italy)
www.bnnonline.it/biblvir/verdi/index.html - Web
Detailed listing of "complete" recordings of Verdi's operas and of extended excerpts
www.operadis-opera-discography.org.uk/CLORVERD.HTM - Web
"Verdi and Milan"
www.gresham.ac.uk/event.asp?PageId=45&EventId=569 - Web
Verdi cylinder recordings
cylinders.library.ucsb.edu/.../search.php?query=Verdi%2C+Giuseppe&queryType=%40attr+1%3D1 - Web