Milan's La Scala opera company performed Verdi's "Requiem" at the Hayarkon Park Thursday night,
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai told reporters Tel Aviv has emphasized arts and culture since its founding. The country's first opera house was built in 1923, Huldai said. Thursday's performance is confirmation Tel Aviv is on the global cultural map, he said.
Earlier in the week, the opera company performed "Aida."
Tel Aviv was founded in 1909 and expanded rapidly with the waves of immigration to the city in the 1920s and 1930s. Today the city is considered the business and cultural center of Israel.
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