La Scala Opera House

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The Teatro alla Scala, usually known as La Scala, is probably the most famous opera house in the world. It is in Milan, Italy, which is the country where opera started at the beginning of the 17th century. The theatre opened on 3 August 1778. At first it was called Nuovo Regio Ducal Teatro alla Scala. The official ticket office of Teatro alla Scala where you can buy tickets and subscription for opera, ballet, concerts. The La Scala Opera House is an active theater; therefore, the opening times are subject to the needs of the artistic production. If the tour is modified, you will be offered a different time for the visit. If your tour is cancelled, then you would be offered a full refund.

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan, by night.

The Teatro alla Scala, usually known as La Scala, is probably the most famous opera house in the world. It is in Milan, Italy, which is the country where opera started at the beginning of the 17th century. The theatre opened on 3 August 1778. At first it was called Nuovo Regio Ducal Teatro alla Scala. The first opera to be performed there was Salieri'sEuropa riconosciuta.[1][2]

Building of the theatre[change change source]

There had been a theatre there before, called Teatro Ducale, but it had been destroyed by fire in 1776. The new theatre was built where there had been a church called Santa Maria della Scala. This is how the theatre got its name.

The theatre had more than 3,000 seats arranged in six tiers (six storeys) of boxes, and above that the two 'loggione' or galleries. It has a very large stage. The money for the building was found by selling the 'palchi' (boxes) to wealthy noblemen and other rich people in Milan. In the 'platea' (the main floor) there were no seats and the audience there stood up to watch, like they do today in the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms. The orchestra could be seen very well as they were not in an orchestra pit like they are today.

Above the boxes, La Scala has always had a gallery where people who are not so rich can watch. This is still there today. It is called the loggione. Some people in the loggione, known as the Claque, are known to applaud wildly if they like a singer, or boo loudly if they do not like a singer. During La Scala’s history this has often been because of bribery or blackmail.

La Scala was originally lit with 84 oil lamps mounted on the palcoscenico (ceiling) and another thousand in the rest of theater. In case they ever caught fire, several rooms were filled with hundreds of waterbuckets. Later, oil lamps were replaced by gas lamps. In 1883 electric lights were put in.

The building was renovated in 1907. After that it had 2,800 seats as it does today. In 1943, during World War II, La Scala was badly damaged by bombing. It was rebuilt and reopened on 11 May 1946, with a brilliant concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini, with a soprano solo by Renata Tebaldi.

Verdi[change change source]

Many famous operas were first performed at La Scala, including some by Giuseppe Verdi. For several years, however, Verdi did not allow his music to be played here because he did not like the way the orchestra had played it. However the composer later conducted his Requiem there on May 25, 1874, and in 1886 announced that La Scala would host the premiere of his opera Otello. The first performance of his last opera, Falstaff was also given in this theatre.

La scala opera house in milan

Today[change change source]

The inside of the theatre as it is today after recent modernizing

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 necessary.

There is also a La Scala Museum (Museo Teatrale alla Scala) which has an extraordinary collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents about opera and La Scala's history.

Recently there have been more renovations to La Scala. Some people were worried that it would spoil the historic building, but the opera company were very pleased when the work was done. There was a new stage and lots more room behind the stage. The heavy red carpets were taken away and the sound was better. The seats include monitors so that the audience can follow the words in English or Italian if it is in a foreign language (not Italian).The renovated opera house was opened on 7 December 2004 with the same opera by Salieri that had opened it in 1778. The conductor was Riccardo Muti.

References[change change source]

  1. Branca, Vittorio (1968). Il comune di Cerro Maggiore ai tempi della prima guerra mondiale: Avvenimenti, opere, personaggi dal 1914 al 1925.
  2. Protonotari, Francesco (1982). Nuova antologia. Direzione della Nuova Antologia.

Other websites[change change source]

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La Scala Opera House Italy

Purchasing opera tickets in Italy can be an overwhelming task, but for Milan’s prestigious opera house La Scala, it can be even more confusing! For a hassle-free experience read our suggestions about seats and tickets for La Scala Opera House in Milan.

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First, if you are planning your trip far in advance, you may be thrown by the list of shows without any available tickets! But, not to worry, this is La Scala’s standard operating procedure. Due to its high demand as one of the most famous opera houses in the world, it leaves the first choice of seats to those who purchase an abbonamento, or a season subscription. The general public will only have access to individual tickets 60 days from the first performance in each series. For example, if you want to see “Falstaff” on October 28th, the tickets will be on sale August 11th, which is two months prior to the opera’s opening night of October 14th.

The question burning in your mind is probably, where should I sit? At theaters like La Fenice or the Teatro dell’Opera, with enough notice you will have several sections to choose from. At La Scala, though, you may be left without much of a choice after the abbonati, or season subscribers, have had their chance to purchase tickets. The less expensive seats are the first to go (and they sell out quickly!) so you may find only the platea, or main floor, and the palchi, or box seats, are still available. If La Scala is on your must-see list, be prepared to budget extra for the experience.

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Because of the limited selection with the galleries (the first section to sell out), Select Italy no longer offers these seats. If you decide to pursue these seating categories on your own, keep in mind that seats in these sections can be quite uncomfortable. Our Manager, Operations & Client Services at Select Italy, says, “La Scala has crammed as many seats as possible into a small space. There are three seats in the space that an American theater would only have two, or maybe even just one and a half! You have to hope those seated next to you are tiny, otherwise they might spill into your seat.” The first row of the gallery has a metal safety bar that runs directly in your line of site. This means that you will have to bob your head up and down to follow the singers around the stage, or, alternatively, rest your chin on the balustrade and your forehead on the metal bar. Since there are no supertitles above the stage (they are balustrade wall in front of you), this means that you won’t be able to read a translation of the lyrics. Once you move into the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rows, you must keep in mind that, while inexpensive, they will have little to no view of the stage. These seats should be considered as “listening only” for all intents and purposes.

If you splurge for box seats, take note that there are only two front seats in each box. Unlike the Teatro Comunale in Bologna, the seats within the boxes are numbered, so you won’t have to worry about getting to the theater extra early, but if you have a large group you will need to be spread out among several boxes. While there are rear seats available in the boxes, Select Italy does not normally sell these as they can also be considered “low visibility” or “listening only.” If this isn’t an issue for you, please contact us and we can give you the pricing.

In the event that the opera is sold out, Select Italy can inquire with our trusted ticket brokers about ticket availability. These tickets, when available, are always sold in combination with a 4 or 5 star hotel reservation (2 night minimum). Contact Select Italy if this is something you could be interested in.

If the main floor or box seating prices are out of your reach, consider a performance at the Serate Musicali or the Orchestra Verdi at the Auditorium di Milano. The tickets won’t break the bank and the musical quality is impeccable. The Milanese have been enjoying these gems for the past 40 years, so when in Milan, do as the Milanese would do!