Recent Events and Multimedia

Some recent events organized by the AIVS are available in video streaming.  You may watch them online here or through our Facebook page.

Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy
April 8 – August 29, 2014, Elmer H. Bobst Library at New York University

exhibit posterIn October 2013, Giuseppe Verdi turned 200.  The exhibit Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy paid tribute to Verdi’s legacy exploring scores, librettos, correspondence, and memorabilia.  The journey began in Milan,where Verdi made his debut in 1839, and explored the composer’s international success, his relationship with publishers, singers, and political authorities, his creative process, and his reception in the new world and in today’s culture.

New York University houses the American Institute for Verdi Studies, a leading research center for Verdi’s life and works.  Most of the selections on display in this exhibit were acquired through the AIVS and are preserved in its Archive, in the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, and in the Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University. 

Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy was on display in the Mandouha S. Bobst Gallery and the Avery Fisher Center, located in the Elmer H. Bobst Library at New York University, 70 Washington Square South, New York.

A dedicated web site for Giuseppe Verdi: Words, Notes, Legacy is available here:

October 9-13, 2013, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marim&ogra>e; and Humanities Initiative
Verdi's Third Century: Italian Opera Today • An International Conference
The international conference Verdi's Third Century: Italian Opera Today was the principal event organized by the AIVS to mark the bicentennial of Giuseppe Verdi. It brought together scholars, practitioners, and critics at New York University to discuss the circulation and perception of Verdi--and of Italian opera--in today's world. A principal focus was how Verdi’s works have been interpreted, imagined, and appropriated. Further information on the conference is available on the conference page at

Online videos of selected sessions from Verdi's Third Century: Italian Opera Today will be accessible soon through this page.

April 24, 2013, 5:00pm, NYU Humanities Initiative (20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor)
"The Triumphs of La traviata: Violetta and the Goose Girl from the Orne." Lecture by René Weis (University College London)

This lecture focused on some of the ways in which the story of a real-life young woman, Alphonsine Duplessis, is reflected and transcended in Verdi's opera, La traviata.

RenĂ© Weis is Professor of English Literature at University College London (UCL). He is the author of Shakespeare Revealed: A Biography (John Murray), Criminal Justice: The True Story of Edith Thompson (Penguin), and The Yellow Cross: The Story of the Last Cathars (Penguin), which has been translated into seven languages. In 2009 he was awarded a three-year Major Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship for a book on the genesis of Verdi’s La traviata.

April 2, 2013, 6:00pm, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
"Discovering Giuseppe Verdi's I lombardi alla prima Crociata"

Eve Queler, Founding Director of Opera Orchestra of New York, and AIVS Co-Director Francesco Izzo introduce Giuseppe Verdi’s fourth opera, I lombardi alla prima Crociata, which OONY performed on April 8, 2013 at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center.  The event includes commentary on the opera and selections from I lombardi and I masnadieri performed live by Maestro Queler and artists involved in the OONY performance, including Chiara Taigi (soprano), Diego Silva (tenor), John Viscardi (tenor), Kevin Short (bass), Erica Kiesewetter (violin), Eugene Moye (cello), Elizabeth Mann (flute), and Steve Hartman (clarinet).

February 26, 2013, 6:30pm, NYU Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò
"Adventures in Italian Opera: Verdi and the Italians"
For the series "Adventures in Italian Opera," Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò hosts soprano Barbara Frittoli, bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, and AIVS co-director, Francesco Izzo in conversation with Fred Plotkin.  The discussion, entitled "Verdi and the Italians," explores a wealth of themes and questions pertaining to Verdi performance and scholarship.

American Institute for Verdi Studies • New York University, Department of Music, 24 Waverly Place, Room 268, New York, NY 10003 • 212-998-2587 •