Professional bass opera singer, Edward Reicin, has performed roles in many noted operas by well-known composers such as Mozart, Puccini, and Verdi. In one such performance at L’Opera Piccola in Chicago, Illinois, Ed Reicin played the role of Pistola in composer Giuseppe Verdi’s final opera, Falstaff. Best known for his operatic compositions, Verdi wrote 26 operas throughout his career, resulting in music that remains popular and highly recognizable in modern day. For instance, even nonopera lovers recognize “Libiamo Ne’ Lieti Calici” (The Drinking Song) from La Traviata, and others may recognize “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto, which is a popularly used theme in modern media.
Influenced by earlier composers such as Rossini and Donizetti, Verdi sought out stories and libretto that highlighted his musical gifts, leading to classic operas, which retain a place in many opera companies’ regular rotations and remain popular more than a century after his death. Popular works include Rigoletto, based on Victor Hugo’s Le Roi s’amuse; La Traviata, based on the Alexandre Dumas, fils, novel, La Dame aux Camélias (The Lady of the Camellias); Don Carlos, a five-act French Grand Opera; Aida; and Otello, based on the Shakespeare play Othello.