Giuseppe Verdi had a very bad temper, he was surly and he liked to be alone.
Despite these characteristics though, he had a pretty lively love life: two official love affairs and at least another one concealed.
His first wife, Margherita Barezzi, died very young at the age of barely 26 and this episode has certainly marked the love life and life in general of the opera composer.
It took twelve years for the second wedding, and the years spent with the “devoted” Giuseppina Strepponi were very complicated ones.
With two illegitimate children, a very tough life and always devoted to the people around her, Giuseppina has always attended the world of opera until she became a protagonist herself or an inseparable coworker of Verdi.
Everyone knows, behind every great man is (usually) a great woman. And this is surely the case: moderate and reasonable, Giuseppina Verdi always managed to support and suggest the opera composer.
And here we go to the most gossiped love: that with Teresa Stolz.
Peppina, too in love and maybe intelligent, always pretended to consider her a friend, and Teresa never backed down, as did not the emancipated husband!