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  • Verdi was just 29 when he wrote the opera and recently had suffered the deaths of his wife and his two young children.

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  • He spent weeks on end in Italy, researching in the archives at Teatro alla Scala in Milan (where "Nabucco" premiered) and visiting Verdi's home in Busseto, where, he says, "I spent days just soaking in the soul of the man."

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