Verdi letters go back home

A ruling by Italy’s culture ministry has resulted in the sale of a cache of unbuttoned letters by Giuseppe Verdi to the care home for retired musicians that the composer founded in Milan.

The 200 letters between Verdi and his friend  Opprandino Arrivabene, ripe with rude language, were put up for auction last year. They were blocked from leaving the country by ministerial order, resulting in a knockdown sale to the Casa Verdi for  €120,000, AP reports.

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