Teatro alla Scala
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Member Reviews (29)
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Dec 15, 2013
I saw Candide in Milan in 2008. That wouldn't have been my first choice, but an evening at Scala should be on your bucket list. The lighting and set decent are amazing, the acoustics are too, and the entire experience is memorable. Opera at its apex.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Sep 17, 2012
The opera house is beautiful and not as big as I thought it'd be. I didn't have the pleasure of going to see an opera here, but we did visit the museum and was allowed to sneak a peek at the stage as a part of the museum visit. We were very lucky that they were doing rehearsals at the time of our visit and we got to hear a little bit of the opera, it was spectacular.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2Sep 05, 2012
La Scala (Italian: Teatro alla Scala), is a world renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre at La Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta.
Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy (Italian: Accademia Teatro alla Scala), which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.
La Scala was originally illuminated with 84 oil lamps mounted on the palcoscenico and another thousand in the rest of theatre. To prevent the risks of fire, several rooms were filled with hundreds of water buckets. In time, oil lamps were replaced by gas lamps, these in turn were replaced by electric lights in 1883.
The original structure was renovated in 1907, when it was given its current layout with 2,800 seats. In 1943, during WWII, La Scala was severely damaged by bombing. It was rebuilt and reopened on 11 May 1946, with a memorable concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini—twice La Scala's principal conductor and an associate of the composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini—with a soprano solo by Renata Tebaldi, which created a sensation.
La Scala hosted the prima (first production) of many famous operas, and had a special relationship with Verdi. For several years, however, Verdi did not allow his work to be played here, as some of his music had been modified (he said "corrupted") by the orchestra. This dispute originated in a disagreement over the production of his Giovanna d'Arco in 1845; however the composer later conducted his Requiem there on 25 May 1874, and in 1886 announced that La Scala would host the premiere of his penultimate opera Otello. The premiere of his last opera, Falstaff was also given in the theatre.
In 1982, the Filarmonica della Scala was established, drawing its members from the larger pool of musicians that comprise the Orchestra della Scala.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 18, 2012
The Scala Theater is a fun place to spend a couple of hours. You get to see a bunch of old opera costumes and accessories. Usually you get to look at the opera stage from the balcony, but we were lucky enough to be there when they were practicing for that night's opera and see part of the opera being performed. It was amazing, which is why the bump from a 3 to a 4 star.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersJul 05, 2012
One of the world's best known opera houses this is a must see. It is located in the center of Milan so it is easy to get to. Take a tour and spend time in the museum as well. The only thing better would have been to see an opera performed here.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 1Jul 05, 2012
This is a magic pace, famous all over the world. Here work very important orchestras and ballets. I was lucky to see Roberto Bolle exhibition here once. It was something I will never forget. At ' Primas' the jet set is always present.
- Teatro alla ScalaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
We would have loved to see a performance here but had to settle for the tour. But it was thrilling to see the hall and think of all the amazing performances that were staged there.
- Teatro alla ScalaJul 04, 2012
The world famous opera house Teatro alla Scala lies at the piazza that carries its name, at the northern end of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The square offers a nice place to sit and watch the crowd, under the eye of Leonardo da Vinci's statue.
The facade of the Scala itself does not have much to offer however, except during performance evenings when it is nicely illuminated. The interior is magnificent however, warm, cosy, intimate and beautifully decorated. All the independently lit boxes give it the impression of a little city.
The Scala theater was completely renovated from 2002-2004. Seats now include monitors that present the opera libretti in English, Italian and the original language.
La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint.
Tickets for opera performances are expensive and hard to lay hand on, although remaining tickets are sold on performance days. Show up at 1 on the day of the performance and have your name put on a list, come back at 5:30. If they call your name you collect a number then wait till 6:30 to go in and buy your ticket.
You may find it easier to get tickets for other performances than opera though. Have a look at the recitals or smaller scale concerts. Another option is to take a tour from the Museo Teatrale alla Scala and have a peek in the (empty) theater.
Information on seating availability and guidelines for purchasing subscriptions and tickets: tel +39 0272003744 every day from 9 -6. There is also a Central Box Office, in the Duomo Metro station. Open every day from 12-6.
Source: Milan City Guide http://app.net/milan-city-travel-guide