Casa di Riposo per Musicisti

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Casa di Riposo per Musicisti
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The Casa di Riposo per Musicisti, Milan, 2014
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Casa di Riposo per Musicisti
General information
Architectural style neo-Gothic style
AddressPiazza Michelangelo Buonarroti, 29, 20145 Milano MI, Italy
Town or cityMilan
Coordinates 45°28′13″N9°09′17″E / 45.4704°N 9.1548°E / 45.4704; 9.1548 Coordinates: 45°28′13″N9°09′17″E / 45.4704°N 9.1548°E / 45.4704; 9.1548
Design and construction
Architect Camillo Boito

The Casa di Riposo per Musicisti is a home for retired opera singers and musicians in Milan, northern Italy, founded by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (whose statue is outside the building) in 1896. The building was designed in the neo-Gothic style by Italian architect, Camillo Boito. Both Verdi and his wife, Giuseppina Strepponi are buried there. A documentary film about life in the Casa di Riposo, Il Bacio di Tosca (Tosca's Kiss in the US), was made in 1984 by the Swiss director Daniel Schmid. [1]

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Giuseppe Verdi 19th-century Italian opera composer

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Verdi's grave at Casa di Riposo, Milan Verdi's grave at Casa di Riposa.jpg
Verdi's grave at Casa di Riposo, Milan
Grave of Giuseppina Strepponi at Casa di Riposo, Milan Grave of Giuseppina Strepponi.jpg
Grave of Giuseppina Strepponi at Casa di Riposo, Milan

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Of all my works, that which pleases me the most is the Casa that I had built in Milan to shelter elderly singers who have not been favoured by fortune, or who when they were young did not have the virtue of saving their money. Poor and dear companions of my life!" [2]

In 1888, Verdi had already built, equipped and managed a hospital in Villanova sull'Arda, a town bordering the fields of his estate. The following year, he turned to his next philanthropic project, a home for retired opera singers and musicians who had fallen on hard times. In 1889, he wrote to Giulio Ricordi that he had acquired a large piece of empty land in Milan outside the Porta Garibaldi on which he planned to build his Casa di Riposo. He then announced his plans publicly in an 1891 interview in the Gazetta musicale di Milano. Construction did not begin until 1896, but in the intervening years Verdi and wife, Giuseppina Strepponi, met frequently with the architect, Camillo Boito to plan the project. (Camillo Boito was the brother of Verdi's friend and librettist, Arrigo Boito.) He also sought out information on how other hospices for the elderly were run. In 1895, Verdi made provisions in his will to fund the Casa after his death, bequeathing the future royalties from his operas to the Casa di Riposo per Musicisti - Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi. Construction was completed in 1899, but Verdi did not want any residents to move in until after his death.

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Giulio Ricordi Italian musician

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  1. Goodman (24 July 1985)
  2. Lubrani (2001) p. 82. Original Italian: "Delle mie opere, quella che mi piace di più è la Casa che ho fatto costruire a Milano per accogliervi i vecchi artisti di canto non favoriti dalla fortuna, o che non possedettero da giovani la virtù del risparmio. Poveri e cari compagni della mia vita!"


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