Fast Facts

  • Location: Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milano, in North Italy
  • Attraction Type: Historic Theater Hall
  • Significance: A 230-year-old Opera House
  • Best Time to Visit: All through the year
  • How to Reach: By Red Line underground train to Cordusio or Cathedral Stations; by Yellow Line underground train to Montenapoleone or Duomo Stations; alternatively by surface train to Central or Cadorna Stations; OR by Bus Line 61 to Verdi, or Tram nos. 1 or 2 to Manzoni — Scala stop
  • Nearest Airport: Milan Malpensa Aiport

La Scala Opera House in Milan is a building of extreme significance in the history of Italian music and theater. With its existence over the last 230 years, La Scala is the epitome of the richest operas born out of Italy. To the Italians, this Opera House is not only a representation of an exuberant theatrical form but also a symbol of Italy’s rich heritage, culture, and tradition. There is an enviable collection of statues, costumes, paintings, documents and drafts in the galleries of Teatro Alla Scala. Every year, the opera season in La Scala in Italy commences on Saint Ambrose’s Day on 7th December. Performances on an opening day must end before midnight.

La Scala’s magnificent building was designed by Giuseppe Piermarini in Neo-classical style and was inaugurated as Nuovo Regio Ducal Teatro Alla Scala on 3rd August 1778. This Opera Theater houses the La Scala Museum and Academy for the Performing Arts. The former has galleries displaying items pertaining to La Scala Opera House, while the latter nurtures and trains dancers, musicians, and technical staff. In its initial years, La Scala Opera House was associated with ‘Neapolitan’ operas featuring Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, L’Italiana, in Londra, and Giovanni Paisiello’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Nina Pazza per Amore and The Frascatana.

Between 1822 and 1825, La Scala Opera House witnessed an exceptional change in its presentations. Gaetano Donizetti’s Clare and Serafina, Vincenzo Bellimi’s Il Pirata were later followed by Lucrezia Borgia, Anna Bolena, La Felled u Regiment, Don Pasquale, Poliuto, and Linda di Chamonix. Later Bellini’s Norma, I Capuleti ei Montecchi, and La Sonnambula were featured till 1836. Among the notable sopranos of this period were Giuditta Pasta, Isabella Colbran, and Teresa Belloc. Among the male sopranos, Giovanni Battista Woven and Pacchiarotti Gasparo were noteworthy.

La Scala Opera House Artistic Departments

In the 19th century, Italia opera was characterized by melodramatic music. The absence of symphony or symphonic orchestra was evident in all theatrical performances. The first real orchestration was started by Alberto Mazzuccato in 1854 with illustrious musicians like Leopoldo Mugnone, Franco Faccio, Arturo Toscanini, and Edoardo Mascheroni. This Opera House’s Teatro Alla Scala Orchestra, comprising of 135 members, is among the world’s best.

The Chorus of Teatro Alla Scala is renowned worldwide for its artistic brilliance and sonorous performances. Their renditions of ‘Tres Sacrae Cantiones’ by Gesualdo da Venosa, ‘Missa L’homme Arme by Dear, and ‘Missa Super Iniquos hate Haby’ by Luca Marenzio are outstanding.

The beginning of Teatro Alla Scala Ballet Company goes back to the Renaissance period when this dance form originated in the palace of the Stroza family in Milan. Nowadays, they present Symphony of Psalms by Jiri Kylian, Le Sacred du Printemps by Maurice Bejart, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by George Balanchine.

Hotels and Restaurant in Milan

Milan has a number of splendid hotels with varying facilities for your stay. You might select from Grand Hotel et de Milan, Four Seasons Hotel Milano, Antica Locanda Solferino, Hotel Manzoni, and Ariosto Hotel.

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