Since Giuseppe Verdi once applied to be a student at the Milan Conservatory and was not admitted, it might seem ironic that the Conservatory is now named after him.
But actually they turned him down mainly on formal grounds, because he had applied too late and was not a resident of Lombardy at the time.
The Conservatory was founded in 1807, several years before Verdi was born. Today they say it is the largest institution of musical education in Italy.
It is also a good place to attend concerts and recitals, but the one I could have gone to was on the same night as something I wanted to see at the Auditorium di Milano, so I went there instead.
In this view of the street Via Conservatorio, the Conservatory is the building in the background, to the right of the church.
My photos in this post are from 2008. I revised the text in 2018.
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