Fodor's Expert Review Teatro alla Scala

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You need know nothing of opera to sense that La Scala is closer to a cathedral than a concert hall. Hearing opera sung in this magical setting is an unparalleled experience: it is, after all, where Verdi established his reputation and where Maria Callas sang her way into opera lore. It stands as a symbol—both for the performer who dreams of singing here and for the opera buff—and its notoriously demanding audiences are apt to jeer performers who do not measure up.

If you are lucky enough to be here during opera season, do whatever is necessary to attend. Tickets go on sale two months before the first performance and are usually sold out the same day. The season runs from December 7, the feast day of Milan patron St. Ambrose, through June. For tickets, visit the Teatro alla Scala Box Office, around the corner from the theater at Via Filodrammatici 2. Tickets are also available online; you can either print then out or pick them up 2 hours prior to 15 minutes... READ MORE

You need know nothing of opera to sense that La Scala is closer to a cathedral than a concert hall. Hearing opera sung in this magical setting is an unparalleled experience: it is, after all, where Verdi established his reputation and where Maria Callas sang her way into opera lore. It stands as a symbol—both for the performer who dreams of singing here and for the opera buff—and its notoriously demanding audiences are apt to jeer performers who do not measure up.

If you are lucky enough to be here during opera season, do whatever is necessary to attend. Tickets go on sale two months before the first performance and are usually sold out the same day. The season runs from December 7, the feast day of Milan patron St. Ambrose, through June. For tickets, visit the Teatro alla Scala Box Office, around the corner from the theater at Via Filodrammatici 2. Tickets are also available online; you can either print then out or pick them up 2 hours prior to 15 minutes after the start of a performance at the theater box office. Although you might not get seats for the more popular operas with big-name stars, it is worth trying; ballets are easier. There are also 140 reduced-visibility balcony tickets available for each performance on a first-come, first-served basis; for evening operas and ballets, registration for the list begins at 1 pm, and ticket recipients (with a maximum of two tickets per person) are announced at 5:30 pm. The theater is closed from the end of July through August and on national and local holidays.

At the 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 itself. Special exhibitions reflect current productions.

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Quick Facts

Largo Ghiringhelli 1
Milan, Lombardy  20121, Italy

02-72003744-theater

www.teatroallascala.org

Venue Details:
Rate Includes: Museum €9.75, Museum daily 9–12:30 and 1:30–5:30; last entry ½ hr prior to closing

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