Amici di Verdi means "Friends of Verdi" and it's a society based in London formed by opera lovers in general, but, more specifically, by Giuseppe Verdi fans. They help young singers and organize meetings, lectures, musical trips to Italy and they do a lot to get Verdi's fans connected with other people who share their same passion for this great composer.
While I was living in London, for example, I went
to see a Pavarotti's masterclass organized by the Amici di Verdi. There
were four young singers and he gave them this long lesson without asking
for any money. I was among the audience in the theatre and, at the end I
even had a chance to ask a question to Big Luciano in front of everybody.
It was weird to speak to the only italian in that theatre (apart from me...)
in english! And it was even stranger the sensation of having Pavarotti answering
my question looking at me...it was like the television was talking to me!
It was overall an excellent masterclass very useful for all the singers
who were there.
Here is another picture ...
For the BEST information about Verdi on the web you should contact the Verdi page on the Opera Glass web site. There is a lot of very interesting material about our favourite composer
If you like Giuseppe Verdi, I recommend a subscription
to the "Amici
di Verdi of London". You can contact the
secretary by mail or e-mail and he will tell you how to subscribe. You will
receive newsletters by mail with interesting informations regarding Verdi
and the society.
Write to: Reg Suter, 2 Rutland Avenue, Sidcup, Kent DA15 9DZ England
or send an e-mail: Regadiv@cs.com