New light on Verdi’s love interest in AidaNews
An Italian musicologist Laura Nicora has found hints of a passionate relationship with the Czech soprano Teresa Stolz while Giuseppe Verdi was composing her part in Aida.
Among other expressions of affection: ‘We will be alone! I won’t invite either Giulio or Boito for those days,’ and ‘a thousand kisses and I say no more.’
Verdi was in his 60s, Stolz in her 40s. She had just sung the soprano solos in the premiere of his Requiem in 1874.
Stolz had ended a long relationship with the Italian conductor Angelo Mariani, who died of cancer in 1873.
Verdi shared his life for 38 years with the Italian singer Giuseppina Strepponi. She was not best pleased.