Milanese high society event year begins on 7 December, the first day of the season at La Scala, with the traditional opening featuring 'Madame Butterfly' by Puccini. In 1904, when the opera received its debut performance at La Scala, the audience didn’t like it, but Puccini made a few changes and from then on it has enchanted opera houses both in Milan and internationally. Why is La Scala the world’s temple of opera? Meticulous attention to quality, and spectators expert in opera who have no qualms about showing their displeasure with unsatisfactory performances or avant-garde excess.
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