Conservatorio di Musica
If you’re musically inclined, the Conservatorio should be at the top of your list of things to do in Milan. Verdi himself never studied at North Italy’s most important music academy – his application was rejected because they considered him too old. Evidently, the directors since realized their mistake and later honoured him by tagging his name to the title.
rnThe acoustically hi-tech main concert hall, Sala Verdi, hosts classical music concerts by visiting ensembles and Milan’s Philharmonic Orchestra, which is composed of students and tutors of the academy. A smaller hall, the Sala Puccini, variously offers jazz ensembles, quartets and so on.
rnConcerts are held daily; some are free, although advance booking is required. All – including a library with rare manuscripts by Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi, and an instrument museum – is contained within an impressive ex-monastery that was converted into this conservatory in 1803 after Napoleon’s suppression of religious orders. It is attached to the dramatic church La Santa Maria della Passione.