Verdi composed verismo opera.
Falstaff, based on Shakespeare's character.
Ernani, in the opera of the same name, based on Victor Hugo's Hernani.
Within this context -- any Verdi opera would be considered a classical opera.
A Verdi opera is an opera written by "...Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi ... 10 October 1813 - 27 January 1901 ... was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera."You can read more about him and the estimated 28 operas that he composed, below.
Rent is a rock opera based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème.
Aida, an Ethiopian princess, in the opera of that name.
None, it is a common misconception that Verdi wrote the opera Aida for this occasion.
Phantom of the Opera is a musical based on the book by Gaston Larue and set to music.
Verdi was the composer of the opera 'Il Trovatore'.
Aida, by Verdi.
Verdi composed not for the the Italian elite, but for a mass public who's main entertainment was opera.
Verdi's middle period operas epitomize the soul of not only Verdi, but of Italian Opera. These three operas "set the stage" for what Opera will become as well. They are: Rigoletto Il Trovatore La Traviata