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Find out more about La Scala Milan, the world famous home of Italian opera where Verdi, Puccini and other great composers first had their works performed.
Puccini's great opera Turandot was unfinished at the time of the composer's death in 1924. The first performance was held at La Scala on 25 April 1926, conducted by Toscanini. In the middle of Act 3, Toscanini halted the orchestra, laid down his baton and, turning to the audience, announced, 'Here the opera ends, because at this point the maestro died'. The curtain was lowered slowly.
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