Among the 25 most popular operas of the past two centuries, more of them take place in España than any other location, and Giuseppe Verdi wrote no less than four of these: Don Carlo (1860), Ernani (1844), La Forza del Destino (1835), and Il Trovatore (1853). In fact, Verdi set more of his operas in Spain than did any other major composer. What was it about Spain that fascinated Verdi and other opera composers from Mozart to Bizet?
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