Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
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Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
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Outstanding and full of locals
Alessandra (Chicago, IL
I am passionate about classical music and I was curious to visit the Conservatorio G. Verdi as it's one of the most important conservatories in the world. The Serate Musicali program is outstanding and the tickets are affordable. I enjoyed the concert and was excited to be surrounded by so many locals. It's an auditorium and not a theater therefore the hall is very simple but the music quality was great.
Peter (Chicago, IL
An Italian friend suggested that I attend a concert at Serate Musicali because it's known to host very high quality performances. I visited the Conservatory in the afternoon and spent some time in the library and the nearby basilica di Santa Maria della Passione. Amazing acoustics and very intimate location.
A real Milanese theater
Bea (Chicago, IL
The piano concert at Serate Musicali was the cherry on top of my Milanese experience. After visiting the landmarks of the city and doing some shopping, we ended our night with a fine concert at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi. The Conservatorio is a few minutes away from M1 San Babila and it was easy to find it. We were the only tourists, the location seems to be a hidden gem where you find only locals. I highly recommend this musical experience.
About the Theater
For nearly 40 years, Serate Musicali has been winning over the Milanese public with its high quality programs and world-class artists. Each season brings in stars of the international scene, like Gil Shaham, Andras Schiff, and Antonio Pappano. In addition, Serate Musicali also plays host to new discoveries, of which some have moved on to become international stars themselves, like Hilary Hahn.
Most performances take place in the center of Milan, near Corso Monforte, at the Sala Verdi, a low-key auditorium which, while lacking the opulence major Italian theaters are famed for, is renowned throughout Europe for its excellent acoustics.
The Serate Musicali is the ideal space for those people who love music and are less attracted to the "see and be seen" atmosphere pervading the big opera houses. Here you don't have to worry about bringing your tux and ball gown; wear something nice yet casual and enjoy the performance with the local audience, away from the throngs of tourists that flock to big names like La Scala.