7 Billion Humans | Empty Nests in the Aging Developed World: La Scala Musician in Giuseppe Verdi Mansion and Elderly Home

La Scala Musician  in Giuseppe Verdi Mansion and Elderly Home 

Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) willed his home to be turned into a nursing home for elderly La Scala musicians after his death. La Scala is where many of Verdi’s operas played and all the royalties from his operas were given to the Verdi foundation that supports this nursing home. If you qualify, they charge eighty percent of your pension—up to a maximum of 1,500 euros a month. Wives of musicians qualify as well. In this photograph, flute player Paolo Varetto waits for an event to start in a crafts room at the Verdi nursing home.

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