Located in the heart of adorable Milan, there is the true pearl of the whole of Italy, Opera Teatro Alla Scala. Rich in beauty, art, and history, it is not just a concert hall that hosts some artistic events, La Scala is a mecca to all those who are in love with art. There is no difference if it is music that you are fond of, or theater, or even architecture, you will always find something that makes you fall in love with the magnificent La Scala opera house.
With the likes of Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini, and Claudio Monteverdi as just some names among the famous opera masters of the country, Italy is the birthplace and true home to the opera. In Italy they know La Scala Opera House, or as it is being called in the country Teatro Alla Scala, as the true home to the best opera performances. It is the most prestigious opera house in the world.
La Scala is the favorite destination of every lover of art to watch the artistic events as the best performances of either opera, classical music, or ballet will be performed there. As home to the La Scala Theater Chorus, La Scala Theater Orchestra, and La Scala Theater Ballet, the opera house is one of the few places every artist will dream about performing there at least once in their lifetime.
There is also one of the most well-known art schools in Europe in the complex, La Scala Theater Academy. In this academy, professional training in every related subject is being offered. Music, dance, and stage management are among the most popular courses in La Scala Theater Academy.
With numerous performances every day and a capacity of 2,030 seats, La Scala is one of the most-visited concert halls in the world. Although not all of the visitors come to watch performances. The luxurious interior design of this fabulous hall is so adorable that a lot of people come to pay a visit and see them. It is designed in red and gold, just like a majestic royal palace. Since the very first moment of your visit you will be charmed by the magic of the La Scala opera house, and to be honest the charm will not be undone even after your visit is finished.
Opera house also has a fantastic museum, known as Museo Teatrale Alla Scala. It contains a collection of items related to the historic performances and eminent performers that are impressively unique. You can enjoy some brilliant costumes from memorable performances collected there, that if you are a true fan of this field of arts, you will remember them well.
History of La Scala
After the older opera house of Milan was destroyed by fire in 1776, some of the famous Milanese asked Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este to build a new theater for this art-loving city.
After the first design was rejected, the second one that was the design of the current magnificent building was accepted by Empress Maria Teresa. The construction had begun in the location where formerly was the church of Santa Maria Alla Scala. The opera house is named after that very church.
The majestic building was completed in less than 2 years and it was inaugurated in 1778. Since then the journey of one of the most famous art halls of the world had started. La Scala has seen some changes during its time, a renovation in 1907, another in 1946 following a severe damage during the World War II bombings, and the last renovation that occurred in 2002.
When to visit La Scala opera house
Deciding when the best time to visit the La Scala opera house is, completely depends on your purpose of visit. If you are visiting it to see the building and the museum, then you are better to visit it during the spring and fall. In this period of time, it is a little bit less crowded than the other parts of the year. On the other hand, the weather in Milan is lovely during these periods and you can enjoy a fabulous stay.
If the purpose of your visit is to watch a specific performance, then you should simply check on the schedules and plan your visit at the right time. Try your best to visit the opera house well while you are going to watch the performances, as you are about to visit a spectacular building that a lot of people dream of visiting it.
How to visit the opera house
Tickets for your visit can be bought both via the box offices in the complex, or online. In order to skip the lines, you may prefer to use the latter solution.
In order to visit the complex do not forget that it is closed on some special dates, including January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st, August 15th, December 7th, 24th, 25th, 26th, and 31st. it is open in the rest of the days from 9 in the morning to 5:30.