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La Scala Milan: 15 facts about the great opera house
7. Maestro Verdi
The opera house had a special relationship with Giuseppe Verdi. For several years, though, the composer did not allow his work to be played there, as some of his music had been modified by the orchestra. However Verdi later conducted his Requiem there on 25 May 1874 and he announced in 1886 that La Scala would host the premiere of what was to become Otello. The premiere of his final opera, Falstaff was also given in the theatre.