The Choral association “Giuseppe Verdi" from Ostiglia (Mantua) was established in 1947. Its repertoire was at first just lyrical, then it extended to sacred music: beside the main and most renowned opera choruses, several religious pieces composed between the 16th and 20th century (from Van Berchem to Stravinski) are worth a mention, as well as highly complex works, such as “Gloria in D-Dur", "Credo", "Magnificat" by Vivaldi ; "Te Deum", "Vesperae solennes de confessore" and “Requiem” by Mozart, “Stabat Mater” by Rossini, the “Four Sacred Pieces” and “Requiem” by Verdi.
It would be impossible to list all the numberless both lyrical and sacred concerts performed by the choir in cities and towns of the Mantua province and many other Italian regions; however at least the “G. Verdi” choir's participation in prestigious music festivals ought to be mentioned: the Choirs festival (May 1980) held in the San Marino Republic; the Rome Sacred Music Festival (1982) performed in S. Ignazio and S. Maria in Aracoeli churches; the 3rd International Festival of Mediterranean polyphony (1983) held in Molfetta (Bari) conducted by Marcel Courand; the Choral Chant International Festival (1988) in Ostiglia; the concert held in Verona for the NATO commando (1994). The performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in Mantua, Soragna, Reggio Emilia, Fontanellato and Crema also deserves to be remembered.
The “G. Verdi” choir has always distinguished itself for its skills and professionalism also outside of Italy: in 1981 and 1986 in France (Lyon, Mont Saint Michel); in 1984 and 1988 in Spain (Barcelona, Vic, Monserrat); in 1985 in Greece, in 1987 in Poland, (Warsaw, Danzica) in 1990 in Slovakia.
Many concerts were performed with orchestras, such as the Verona "Torelli" orchestra, the "Filarmonici" from Modena, the "Costantin Silvestri" Orchestra from Bucharest, the Symphony Orchestra of the Croatian Broadcasting Service, which accompanied the choir during the recording of a CD with opera composer Stefano Gobatti's music in Zagreb in 1996, the Moldavian Philharmonic Orchestra.
In April 1998 the choir performed the "Petite Messe Solennelle" by Gioacchino Rossini in Guastalla, Modena, Suzzara and Mirandola, and this work was recently proposed again in Macerata. In May 1998 the “G. Verdi” choir presented C. Orff's "Carmina Burana" in Lechbruck (Germany) in the scope of the "Via Claudia Augusta" congress organized by the city of Füssen, with the patronage of the European Community; the “Carmina” were then performed again in many other cities and venues (the last performance was held in Carpi in Summer 2009).
Guided by its Director Professor Giuliano Vicenzi, the choir has also committed itself to re-discovering some precious unpublished pieces, such as "Kyrie and Gloria" by A. Greggiati (the autograph of the score is preserved at the "Greggiati" Music Library in Ostiglia
) or “Salve Regina” and the “Mass for Christmas Night” by G. Paisiello, performed in Paris in 2006.
The following events are worth a mention for the remarkable success recently obtained by the choir: production and performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni in several venues in Lombardy, Emilia and Veneto (the last performance was given at the D'Annunzio Vittoriale Theatre in Gardone in Summer 2008); the tour in Russia (S. Petersburg and Moscow) upon invitation of the cultural attaché of the Italian embassy in Moscow, Prof. Perrino, in April 2009; the performance of G. Verdi's “Requiem” (March – June 2010) in several cities of Northern Italy.