La Scala Opera House Milan

The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is the most famous opera house in Italy and among the most prestigious ones in the world. It was built towards the 18th century on the site of a former church. The last restoration was completed in 2004.

La Scala Opera House Milan

Address, Opening Hours and Admission Price

The address of The La Scala Opera House is Via Filodrammatici 2 – 20121 Milano (tel. +39 0288791). Streetcar: Santa Margherita Scala, Manzoni Scala. Opening hours and prices depend on the events.

History and description

La Scala Opera House Milan
Teatro alla Scala in 1789, print by Gaetano Mercoli

The Teatro alla Scala was built between 1776 and 1778 on the site where the old Santa Maria della Scala Church used to be (and where the theatre also owes its name to). The architect was Giuseppe Piermarini, who stuck to a relatively simple, neo-classical style.

The first opera performed at La Scala was “L’Europa riconosciuta” by Salieri on August 3, 1778.

After the building had been partially damaged by bombing in 1943, it reopened with a concert conducted by the famous Arturo Toscanini.

The equally famous Riccardo Muti conducted the first concert after a three-year restoration/renovation that was completed in 2004. The architect of this transformation was Mario Botta, who had to adapt the theatre to modern security requirements.

La Scala can hold 1800 visitors.

La Scala Opera House, Milan

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