La Scala Milan

The present Theatre was built over a period of two years, 1776-1778, on the site of the former church of Santa Maria della Scala following a fire which destroyed the original Teatro Regio Ducale in February 1776. The plans for the new building were accepted by  Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and the premiere performance was Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta.  La Scala was closed during World War I and received bomb damage during World War II, it re-opened in 1946. The building was closed for extensive renovation work from 2001 – 2004 and reopened with a performance of Antonio Salieri’s Europa riconosciuta as for its premier performance.  Its stage is one of the largest in Italy. Audiences have been lucky to enjoy premiers by the geniuses like Salieri, Rossini, Verdi, Donizetti, Bellini and Puccini to name but a few.

Visitors are able to visit the Theatre and the museum here.

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