Giuseppe Verdi Italian Romantic composer primarily known for his operas. Verdi & Richard Wagner are considered the two preeminent opera composers of the century. Verdi dominated the Italian opera scene.
"For some virtuous people a belief in God is necessary. Others, equally perfect, while observing every precept of the highest moral code, are happier believing in nothing." -Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera)