There are 27 members of the Club and each member represents a work of the Maestro following the criteria established by the Club itself. These criteria are entirely subjective and do not take into consideration the re-visitation of certain works which Maestro Verdi undertook during his lengthy career. In particular, the Club does not consider “autonomous operas” those re-workings, even though published with different titles, such as “Jerusalem” and “Aroldo”, respectively rewrites of “I Lombardi alla prima Crociata” and “Stiffelio”. Included, however, amongst the works of lyric opera is “Messa da Requiem”, an absolute masterpiece.
When an opera becomes ‘available’, for a whole variety of reasons, the new member takes over from the previous holder and assumes the mantle of the name until he leaves the Association.