August 26, 2015

1853 ITALY (Lombardy) - Teatro alla Scala in Milan

La Scala (abbreviation for Teatro alla Scala) is a famous opera house in Milan, inaugurated on 3 August 1778, and originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world. La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary.

The original structure was renovated in 1907, when it was given its current layout with 1,987 seats. In 1943, La Scala was severely damaged by bombing. It was rebuilt and reopened on 11 May 1946, with a memorable concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini 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 Giuseppe Verdi. The theatre underwent a major renovation from early 2002 to late 2004. The renovation by renowned architect Mario Botta proved controversial, as preservationists feared that historic details would be lost.

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La Scala - Wikipedia

Sender: Ana
Sent from Milan (Lombardy / Italy), on 16.08.2012
Photo: Marco Brescia

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