Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most influential composers of the 19th century and a dominant force in Italian opera for 50 years, is illuminated in this book geared toward young musicians. Offering insight into Verdi's long life, Bauer creates an accessible and tangible investigation into the elite world of classical opera. Engaging and creative activities, such as singing like a diva, making a panpipe, and sketching a costume for Falstaff, reinforce the musical concepts.