Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the undisputed music genius, received his first musical education from his father Leopold, a violinist and an excellent musician, who soon imposed a strict discipline on his son and presented him as a child prodigy during his travels all over Europe.
During these travels, Mozart had the opportunity to stop in Milano several times between 1769 and 1773: in three years, Mozart would spend almost one full year in the city.
This was the Milano of Enlightenment, with intellectuals such as Verri, Beccaria and Parini. Mozart wrote his first opera here, Mitridate, Re del Ponto (Mitridates, King of Pontus), composed Ascanio in Alba with a libretto by Giuseppe Parini (who would in time become one of Italy’s foremost poets) and Lucio Silla.
Here are a few hints to find out more about what the great genius did in our city.