I love Verdi. Even if you aren't an opera fan, who hasn't heard at least one song from one of his numerous operas in a T.V. or radio commercial on anything from pizza to airlines? Some of the one's I've heard on T.V.(also some of my favorites): *Rigoletto's, "La Donna e Mobile" *Il Trovatore's "Vedi, le foscho notturne"(Anvil Chorus) *La Traviata's, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici"(Drinking Song) *Nabucco's, "Va pensiero"(Prisoners' Chorus) *Aida's, "Gloria ali'Egitto"(Triumphal Chorus) Also, I believe they come under the heading of light opera or "operettas", but I'm also extremely partial to Gilbert & Sullivan's humorusly entertaining: The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Mikado.