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Do You Believe In Miracles???? La Scala tickets for Tosca.

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I could not find very much current info about buying tickets from the La Scala web site so I thought I would share our experience. Four of us will be in Northern Italy in May and even though we are certainly not opera buffs, we decided to try to do a “once in a lifetime” experience of attending an Italian opera at La Scala. Puccini’s Tosca happened to be scheduled for one of the nights we were planning to stay in Milan. Everything I have read said it was very difficult to buy four tickets together with decent seating to a high demand opera from the La Scala (Charta) web site. I know we could have found tickets a lot easier (and a LOT more expensive) through a re-seller than the way we did it but we decided to try to do it on our own. I just checked online and one re-seller is offering 4 tickets for our performance in the same seating category as ours for about €1000 more than we paid. Wow!

We did our research and found the date tickets were to go on sale. We did several dry runs (unless you count all the wine we drank while we were practicing – LOL!!) on other available events to figure out the process. We would have liked to sit in our own private box but it seemed very difficult to get decent box seats using the “best seat available” option (which was recommended for high demand events) on the web site so we decided to try for four seats together in the stalls section.

The big night came – we are in the USA on the East coast so the 9 AM time in Milan that the tickets went on sale was 3 AM for us. We went to our friend’s house, had a nice dinner and a couple of bottles of Barbera d’Asti, set up our four computers then went to bed to try get at least a few hours sleep. We made it up in time and began to hit the refresh button at about 2:50 just in case the clocks were somehow not in sync. We saw there were 785 seats available for our date and the button next to our date turned from blue (about to go on sale) to green (buy) exactly on time at 3 AM.

Then the first wrinkle – we had been able to ask for four tickets on every dry run we had practiced but for the date we wanted they would not let us request more than two tickets at a time. So we all kept trying for two tickets at a time. It was quite an adventure with our computers freezing up now and then, some seat options popping up that we rejected for a variety of reasons and even sometimes thinking we had good seats only to find that by the time we could hit the confirm button – they were already gone. At one point we decided to go ahead and confirm a couple of options that were not ideal just to have something to fall back on. You can only have two confirmations per person (the system gives you 59 minutes to pay for your tickets or they are released back in to the pool) so we tried not to use up our confirmations on seats we did not like.

We kept trying until one of us finally got 2 seats together in row H to pop up. We confirmed them and we all kept trying. Miraculously we had two more seats in row H pop up that were right next to the first two. We confirmed them, went through the payment process on both reservations - everything was approved and we had our payment receipts showing the transactions were complete. It was now 3:20 and of the original 785 tickets for sale - there were only 78 left – all scattered throughout the theatre.

Our kids and grandkids think we are crazy but we had so much fun with this….. AND we get to see an Italian opera at La Scala with tickets we bought on their web site! I guess I do believe in miracles!

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