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Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy

La Scala, in Milan, Italy, is one of the world's most famous opera houses in the World.

Some of the principal conductors and music directors of Teatro alla Scala were Riccardo Muti, Claudio Abbado, Tullio Serafin, Arturo Toscanini and others.

The current edifice was built on the former location of the church of Santa Maria alla Scala, from which the theatre gets its name. The theater was inaugurated on 1778, under the name Nuovo Regio Ducal Teatro alla Scala with Salieri's L'Europa riconosciuta.

From now on, Teatro alla Scala quickly became the most important meeting place for noble people of Milan. The opera house has a platea and a gallery where the less wealthy can watch the performances. It is called also the loggione. The loggione is typically crowded with aficionados, who listen wit attention towards singers' performances.

The interior of La Scala was originally illuminated with oil lamps mounted on the palcoscenico and in the rest of theater. In time, oil lamps were replaced by electric lights. 

La Scala hosted the prima (first production) of many famous operas, and had a special relationship with Giuseppe Verdi. It now hosts a museum (accessible from the foyer) with an extraordinary collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding opera.

La Scala's season traditionally opens on December 7, 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. 

How to book La Scala tickets:
The purchase can be made through different channels: Internet, Self Ticketing (SATP), and at the Box Office. The purchase at Box Office shall be possible exclusively from the month preceding each performance.

Online booking Tickets for La Scala  

Travelitaly tip: it may be very difficult to book a ticket for La Scala, because of the very high request! Hurry up!

Please mind that: "Gentlemen are kindly requested to wear dark suits for first performances. Gentlemen are in any case required to wear jacket and tie at all performances. Items of clothing which do not comply with a proper theatre decorum shall not be accepted."
Read the general guidelines for Teatro Alla Scala 

La Scala 2005-2006 Season

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Idomeneo
La Sylphide
Pëtr Il'ic Cajkovskij - Evgenij Onegin
Giuseppe Verdi - Rigoletto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Le nozze di Figaro
Dittico - The Cage / La strada
Leos Janácek - Kát'a Kabanová
Gaetano Donizetti - Lucia di Lammermoor
Cenerentola - March 2006
Giacomo Puccini - Tosca
Jules Massenet - Manon
La Bayadčre - May 2006
Richard Strauss - Ariadne auf Naxos
Henry Purcell - Dido and Aeneas
Roland Petit -Il pipistrello
Paul Hindemith - Sancta Susanna
Azio Corghi - Il dissoluto assolto
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Don Giovanni
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Ascanio in Alba

More info on the season here


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