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Teatro alla Scala
Teatro alla Scala Review
You need know nothing of opera to sense that, like Carnegie Hall, La Scala is closer to a cathedral than an auditorium. Here, Verdi established his reputation and Maria Callas sang her way into opera lore. It looms as a symbol—both for the performer who dreams of singing here and for the opera buff who knows every note of Rigoletto by heart. Audiences are notoriously demanding and are apt to jeer performers who do not measure up. The opera house was closed after destruction by Allied bombs in 1943, and reopened with a performance led by famed conductor Arturo Toscanini in 1946.
If you are lucky enough to be here during the opera season, which runs from December to June, do whatever is necessary to attend. Tickets go on sale two months before the first performance and are usually sold out the same day. Hearing opera sung in the magical setting of La Scala is an unparalleled experience.
At Museo Teatrale alla Scala you can admire an extensive collection of librettos, paintings of the famous names of Italian opera, posters, costumes, antique instruments, and design sketches for the theater. It is also possible to take a look at the theater, which was completely restored in 2004. Special exhibitions reflect current productions.
- Address: Piazza della Scala; museum, Largo Ghiringhelli 1, Duomo, Milan, 20121 | Map It
- Phone: 02/72003744 theater; 02/88797473 museum
- Cost: Museum €5
- Hours: Museum daily 9–12:30 and 1:30–5:30; last entry ½ hr prior to closing
- Website: www.teatroallascala.org
- Metro: Duomo.
- Location: Milan
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