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La Scala: 15 facts about the great Milan opera house
15. Winter opening
La Scala's season traditionally opens each year on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. Snow accompanied the opening of the 2012-13 season as Daniel Barenboim conducted Wagner's Lohengrin, launching dual bicentennial celebrations for Wagner and Italy's own Giuseppe Verdi.