What was Verdi's last opera? Italian composer of operas Giuseppe Verdi was born on this date in 1813. Though he showed musical promise as a youngster, Verdi's early progress was not a given. He hoped to study organ at the Milan Conservatory, but was not accepted to the school, due to what they deemed his inadequate training. So, Verdi studied privately; his pieces met with acclaim, with many of them performed eventually at La Scala. Among his most famous works are Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Don Carlos and Aida. A fan of William Shakespeare, Verdi wrote operas based on three of his plays: Macbeth, Othello and his final opera, the comic Falstaff. When Verdi died in 1901, nearly 30,000 people lined the streets for his funeral procession.