L’ingresso all’Istituto nazionale di studi verdiani
La Biblioteca dell’Istituto

The Istituto di studi verdiani was established in 1959 in Parma by Mario Medici and became state-supported in 1963. In 1989 it received recognition as a national institute by the Italian government, acquiring the denomination “Istituto nazionale di studi verdini”; in 2002, it became a private foundation.
The Istituto’s aim is to disseminate the work of Giuseppe Verdi and increase our knowledge about the composer and his music, through various initiatives and activities. Verdi was a central figure in Italian and international culture of the 19 th century and his works have enjoyed uninterrupted popularity. The composer’s personality and his many and varied interests are manifest in his copious correspondence. His view of an overall unity of the elements of opera is the primary characteristic of his dramaturgy and what makes it innovative within the Italian tradition. Another aspect of Verdi’s genius was his ability to absorb and rework the literary and musical influences from other artistic traditions: French, English, German and Spanish.

The scholarly activities initiated or promoted by the Istituto are accomplished through its research facilities (Library, Archive of Verdi’s correspondence, Visual archive, Recording collection), its publication of books and periodicals, its organization of scholarly meetings and seminars as well as courses in collaboration with universities and with other cultural institutions, its exhibits and auditions of historical recordings, as well as its supervision of the “Giuseppe Verdi” International Prize of the Parma Rotary Club.