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Julian Medforth Budden, BA, BMus (9 April 1924, Hoylake, Wirral — 28 February 2007, Florence, Italy) was a British opera scholar, radio producer and broadcaster. He is particularly known for his three volumes on the operas of Giuseppe Verdi (published in 1973, 1978, & 1981), a single volume biography in 1982 and a single volume work on Giacomo Puccini and his operas in 2002. He is also the author of numerous entries in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

His parents were the then professor of architecture at Liverpool University, Lionel Budden, and a poet, writer and journalist Maud, (ne Fraser) who from 1938 until 1964 provided the rhymes for the strip 'Curly Wee and Gussie Goose', which was syndicated in newspapers throughout the world. He attended Stowe School and read Classics at Queen's College Oxford.

The war interrupted his studies; he worked in the Friends' Ambulance Unit from 1943-46, serving in Austria and Italy. He completed his BA in 1948 and then studied piano (with Thornton Lofthouse) and bassoon (with Archie Camden) at the Royal College of Music.

From 1951 until 1983 Budden worked for the BBC, progressing from junior posts to become a producer, then Chief Producer of Opera (1970-76) and External Services Music Organizer (1976-83). This time saw many little-known works produced and important revivals, including the original versions of Macbeth, La forza del destino and Simon Boccanegra and the full French version of Don Carlos.

Concurrently Budden pursued a career as a writer, starting with the BBC publication, The Listener, and then his major study of Verdi, in a writing style "generous to past scholars... generous to his readers. [His prose was] full of wit and relaxed communication".

After leaving the BBC he was based in both London and Florence (he spoke fluent Italian), where he was a regular correspondent for Opera magazine and was a presence at the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Verdiani in Parma. He was president of the Centro di Studi Giacomo Puccini in Lucca up to his death.

He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 1987 and awarded an OBE for services to opera in 1991.

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Total Books: 25
Verdi
2008 - Verdi [Master Musicians Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195323429
ISBN-10: 0195323424
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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Puccini
2007 - Puccini (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788843043989
ISBN-10: 8843043986
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Puccini His Life And Works
2005 - Puccini His Life and Works [Master Musicians Series] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195179743
ISBN-10: 0195179749
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment
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The Operas of Verdi From Oberto to Rigoletto
1992 - The Operas of Verdi From Oberto to Rigoletto [Operas of Verdi] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780198162612
ISBN-10: 0198162618
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Operas of Verdi From Il Trovatore to LA Forza Del Destino
1992 - The Operas of Verdi From Il Trovatore to La Forza Del Destino [Operas of Verdi] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780198162629
ISBN-10: 0198162626
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Operas of Verdi From Don Carlos to Falstaff
1992 - The Operas of Verdi From Don Carlos to Falstaff [Operas of Verdi] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780198162636
ISBN-10: 0198162634
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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The Operas of Verdi Vol 2 From Il Trovatore to La Forza del destino
1984 - The Operas of Verdi Vol 2 From Il Trovatore to La Forza Del Destino (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780195204506
ISBN-10: 0195204506
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The Operas of Verdi Vol 3 From Don Carlos to Falstaff
1984 - The Operas of Verdi Vol 3 From Don Carlos to Falstaff (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780195204513
ISBN-10: 0195204514
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The Operas of Verdi  From Don Carlos to Falstaff
1981 - The Operas of Verdi From Don Carlos to Falstaff (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780195202540
ISBN-10: 0195202546
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Operas of Verdi The Volume 1 From Oberto to Rigoletto
1978 - Operas of Verdi the Volume 1 From Oberto to Rigoletto (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195200300
ISBN-10: 0195200306
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The Operas of Verdi  From Il Trovatore to La Forza del destino
The Operas of Verdi From Il Trovatore to La Forza Del Destino [Volume 2] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780304300563
ISBN-10: 030430056X
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THE OPERAS OF VERDI III From Don Carlos to Falstaff
The Operas of Verdi III From Don Carlos to Falstaff (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780304307401
ISBN-10: 0304307408
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
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Operas of Verdi From Oberto to Rigoletto v 1
Operas of Verdi From Oberto to Rigoletto V 1 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304310586
ISBN-10: 0304310581
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Operas of Verdi From Don Carlos to Falstaff v 3
Operas of Verdi From Don Carlos to Falstaff V 3 (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780304310609
ISBN-10: 0304310603
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