The conservatory was established by a royal decree of 1807 in Milan, capital of the Napoleonic Kingdom of Italy. It opened the following year with premises in the cloisters of the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Passione. There were initially 18 boarders, including students of both sexes. Today it is the largest institute of musical education in Italy.
In its 200-year history, the conservatory has educated some of Italy's most prominent musicians and conductors, including Fausto Romitelli, Oscar Bianchi, Luca Francesconi, Stefano Gervasoni, Marco Stroppa, Giacomo Puccini, Alfredo Piatti, Arrigo Boito, Giovanni Bottesini, Alfredo Catalani, Riccardo Chailly, Amelita Galli-Curci, Vittorio Giannini, Bruno Maderna, Pietro Mascagni, Gian Carlo Menotti, Francisco Mignone, Riccardo Muti, Kurken Alemshah, Italo Montemezzi, Feliciano Strepponi, Alceo Galliera, Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Giuseppe Andaloro, Mario Nascimbene, Maurizio Pollini, Ludovico Einaudi, Antonino Fogliani, Vittorio Parisi, Riccardo Sinigaglia, and Claudio Abbado. Other notable students include composer Margrit Zimmermann and singer Florin Cezar Ouatu.
Among its past professors are the well-known voice teachers Francesco Lamperti and his son Giovanni Battista Lamperti. Ranking among eminent professors who have taught at the Milan conservatory are Giorgio Battistelli, Franco Donatoni, Lorenzo Ferrero, Riccardo Muti, Enrico Polo, Amilcare Ponchielli, and Salvatore Quasimodo.
The Conservatory's Liceo Musicale for secondary school students opened in 1971. In 1981 it began an experimental collaboration with the Ministry of Education. The experimental phase ended in 2010 when it become "ad ordinamento".
- "Official website" (in Italian). Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano. Retrieved January 13, 2016. (In the Conservatorio drop down menu)
- "Presentazione" (in Italian). Istituto Omnicomprensivo Musicale Statale di Milano. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- "Il liceo musicale G. Verdi di Milano" (in Italian). Conservatorio “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
- Milan Conservatory official website (Italian)
- Touring club italiano (1998), "Il conservatorio di musica Giuseppe Verdi", Milano, Guida d’Italia, Touring Editore, p. 337, ISBN 978-88-365-1249-2
- Liceo Musicale (Italian)