Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (1813 – 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of the 19th century.
In general, Verdi's works are most noted for their emotional intensity, tuneful melodies, and dramatic characterizations. He transformed the Italian opera, with its traditional set pieces, old-fashioned librettos, and emphasis on vocal displays, into a unified musical and dramatic entity. His operas are among those most frequently produced in the world today.