The Teatro alla Scala is one of the things Milan is most famous for, and it is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. I must admit that I don't know much about opera, but it was still on our to do list, and we were not disappointed!
When you arrive, the buildings looks actually quite small - the façade is not that big, but in fact, the building is just very long, you cannot really grasp how huge it is when you stand in front of the entrance. It was constructed from 1776 to 1778 and was named "Scala" after a church that had been located here before. It was commissioned by Maria Theresia, and designed by the architect Guiseppe Piermarini.
Once you have paid your entrance fee, you walk up a big staircase, the walls are decorated with old advertising posters of different operas. You then get to the museum which I liked very much. The architecture of the rooms is most beautiful, most of all the hall of mirrors which is just so elegant. Moreover, I found the things on display very interesting, although, as I said, I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to the opera. There are many historical pictures and portraits, a lot of costumes and props, scores, busts of famous composers and many more interesting things.
If there are no rehearsal going on, you can also have a look at the theatre itself, you can enter the galleries and look down on the stalls, see the stage from above and admire the luxurious interior of this place. It is the original design from 1778, with red velvet and gold-plated stucco. I had seen pictures of this, and the real thing was just as impressive as I had expected!
When you leave the museum, there is of course a big shop where you can buy anything to satisfy the new-found opera freak within yourself...
If you want to know more about this opera house, please visit Nemorino's Milan page, where you will find a lot of info about how to get tickets, where to sit etc.
Opening times: Open every day except special holidays (check website), 09.00am to 12.30pm and 01.30pm to 05.30pm
Admission fee: 6€
Located in the homonym square, Teatro alla Scala was built on the side of 1381 St. Maria della Scala church.
The Austrian Empress Maria Theresa was the one who actually financed the construction of the theater and the architect was Giuseppe Piermarini, a passionate advocate of the neo-classical school.
The theater was officially inaugurated in 1778 with Antonio Salieri's "Europa Riconosciuta".
La Scala was reopened in December 2004 after a three-year break due to complex restoration and renovation works.
Visiting La Scala Museum is the best way to learn more about the history of the theater and the history of lyric music in general.
The museum was founded at the beginning of 20th century and houses three collections: the Giulio Sambon Collection acquired in Paris, the Verdi Collection, and the Theater Collection, being one of the largest and most complete theatrical collections, with around 80,000 volumes.
Piazza delle Scala is another wonderful attraction of Milan.
With Leonardo Da Vinci's statue in the center facing La Scala Theater, the square is bordered on the other side by Palazzo Marino, today Milan's City Hall, and the archway of the entrance to Vittorio Emanuele Gallery.
The Neoclassical building of Scala with its exceptional acoustics was the sample for many other opera houses in the world, but first of all in Italy.
Its construction as a fitting replacement for the Teatro Ducale (sadly destroyed by fire), in the late 1700s took place by the help of Empress Maria Teresa of Austria, who was also Duchess of Milan in the same time. The new Scala was inaugurated on August 3rd, 1778 with the premiere of Europa riconosciuta of Antonio Salieri.
The earlier popular Neapolitan "opera buffa" in its program replaced by Rossini's romantic operas eventually and in the first quarter of the 19th century La Scala became the traditional place of the Italian melodrama, which persists even today.
In its repertoire, however, you can find also ballet and foreign operas of composers such as Mozart, Strauss, Stravinsky, Debussy etc. with the performances of famous artists including Callas, Peggy Fonteyn or Nureyev.
The 2008 season has started at the end of October, to my biggest surprise,: the operetta par excellence, the masterwork of the Hungarian Lehár, "Die Lustige Witwe."
Try to take in a performance if you are here between the beginning of November and the end of June. Tickets are like gold dust, for a seat on the orchestra level, expect to spend a fortune, if avalable. If you can manage to get tickets, wear casual suit; you are there for glamour and you have to do your part too.
Directly behind the Vittorio Emanuele Galleria and facing La Scala is the Piazza La Scala. In the center is a monument consisting of several statutes of which the one of Da Vinci dominates. I'm not exactly sure what the Da Vinci connection is here, but maybe after I find the book on Milan that I bought, it can shed some light on this. Or if any of you VT's have the facts, let me know. The statue of Da Vinci seemed eerie to me after having read "The Da Vinci Code" a few months ago which connected him with the "illuminati."
The world famous operahouse in Milan, La Scala, has now finally re-opened. After being re-built, or nearly newly built indoor, for more than two years it’s now open for the crowds again.
Unfortunately this long time means that it’s really hard to find any tickets now… But make a try! Should be worth it if you’re a big opera-fanatic.
You could order tickets online from their homepage, see the address-field.
The theatre was opened in 1778. Until 1996 it was driven only by the economical gifts from the public, but since 1996 it's a private theatre.
The building itself has its venue very close to the Duomo, with just the galleria between them. From the outside it doesn’t look anything special, just like a common house. But from the moment you enter it’s a total other thing.
From the day of re-opening (7 december 2004) the museum of La Scala has also returned to the building.
To get there, just take the metro to the Duomo, or a taxi if you don’t want to take the metro in your opera-clothes… From the Duomo it’s as written above very close.
Perhaps the most venerated temple to opera in the world is the Teatro alla Scala but its outside appearance seems to belie its internal beauty. Designed by architect Giuseppe Piermarini, La Scala opened its doors to the world in 1778 with Antonio Salieri's "L'Europa Riconosciuta." La Scala was built, under the "auspices" of the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, to replace the Regio Teatro Ducal built in 1589 which was destroyed by fire. In a complicated situation of land ownership, the owners of theater boxes of the Ducal were the individuals who actually paid for the building of La Scala which is built on the former site of the church of Santa Maria alla Scala.
La Scala is known far and wide for its incomparable acoustics and the many musical giants who performed here or had their works performed here including Verdi; opera singer, Maria Callas; and Arturo Toscanini. It is also home to Scuolo di Ballo (La Scalla's Ballet Company) and Museo Teatrale alla Scala which is located in its annex. For those VT'rs who were Thespians and Garricks, you might enjoy the museum here which is said to be a treasure of paintings, sculpture, backdrops and other memorabilia of prominent singers and composers who have created history in La Scala. La Scala was undergoing renovation (which began in 2002), the face of La Scala was shrouded when I saw it (March 2004). Apparently, renovations have now been completed.
NOTICE: please check the website to make sure that any performances you plan to attend are, in fact, actually taking place. A quick check today (3/25/09) revealed that a performance of "I due Foscari" scheduled for 3/31/09 is being cancelled due to a national strike!!
Check the website for current prices of admission to the various tours, museums or for combination tickets.
La Scala Opera House, the most famous opera theatre in Milano traditionally opens its opera season on December 7th, although there are other productions year round summer brings special programmes of music and culture.
Total capacity: 2200 persons
(678 orchestra seats, 409 seats in the first and second galleries, and 155 boxes on four levels)
On the other side of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele from the Piazzo Duomo is the Piazza della Scala. This is much smaller than the cathedral square, but hosts two more of Milan's great buildings, the recently restored and world famous La Scala opera house, and the Palazzo Marino, which is now Milan's town hall. It's a pleasant, traffic free square that would look fantastic in many a city and town across Europe, but next to the amazing Piazza Duomo it seems a little tame in comparison!
The centre of the Piazza contains a statue of Leonardo Da Vinci, which is surrounded by benches and water fountains which appear to be supply drinkable water (at least the locals seem to think so).
After the stunning cathedral and galleria I was expecting something special from the world famous La Scala opera house, but it struck me as a little ordinary after the wonders of the Piazzo Duomo. Still, what the opera house may lack in extravagant exterior design, it more than makes up for in prestige, and will now again play host to the best musicians on the planet, night after night. Tickets for the opera can be bought for as little as €12, for seats in the central circle, and you can even get them online following the link given below.
The La Scala opera house is now fully restored and operational again after much time under wraps.
This palace currently plays host to Milan's town hall, but it was once the home of a rich Genoese merchant who commissioned the building, and whom the palace is named after. The palace was built between 1553 and 1558, but underwent extensive restoration after damage during World War 2. Apart from the town's governors, the palace contains a courtyard stacked with monuments, an entrance hall filled with artwork from new artists, along with an exclusive restaurant, and more accessible cafe.
Is one of the world's most famous opera houses. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778, under the name Nuovo Regio Ducal Teatro alla Scala with Salieri's Europa riconosciuta. La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight; long operas start earlier in the evening if need be. Ticketholders are not allowed to enter after the performance has begun.
El Teatro de la Scala es uno de los teatros más famosos del mundo. Fue el primer monumento reconstruido tras los bombardeos de 1943 y cuenta con el privilegio de haber sido sede del estreno de muchas óperas famosas y de haber mantenido una relación muy especial con el compositor Giuseppe Verdi.
Crossing the Galeria Vittorio Emanuele from south to north, you come out in the famous Piazza della Scala. On the far side of the square there is La Scala theater and opposite of it stands Palazzo Marino, today the City Hall of Milano. The monument in the central position of the square portrays Leonardo da Vinci surrounded by his pupils.
Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the most multi-talented people to have lived on this planet. The monument, erected in 1872, is sculpted by Pietro Magni as an piedestal, showing Leonardo asnd his favourite pupils. Reliefs in the base of the monument depicting paintings, sculpting, engineering and architecture, some of the disciplines that da Vinci mastered. During his life, Leonardo da Vinci lived in many different cities and his masterpiece "Last Supper" was created during his stay in Milano.
La Scala, Italy's best-known theater, is located alongside the church of St. Maria della Scala, built by Bernabo Visconti's vife Regina della Scala, in 1381. The theatre was officially inaugurated on August 3, 1778 with Antonio Salieri's "Europa Riconosciuta".
La Scala was designed by the architect Giuseppe Piermarini in neo-Classical style.
By the time of my visit, the theatre was still under the major reconstructions.