Teatro alla Scala - Milan, Italy
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N 45° 28.037 E 009° 11.390
32T E 514839 N 5034878
Quick Description: La Scala was inaugurated on August 3, 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala.
Location: Lombardia, Italy
Date Posted: 3/30/2015 11:28:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMNKP4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Wikipedia (visit link) informs us:

"La Scala (abbreviation in Italian language for the official name Teatro alla Scala) is a world-renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta.
Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy (Italian: Accademia Teatro alla Scala), which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.

Overview

La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary.
The Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum), accessible from the theatre's foyer and a part of the house, contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding La Scala's and opera history in general. La Scala also hosts the Accademia d'Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo (Academy for the Performing Arts). Its goal is to train a new generation of young musicians, technical staff, and dancers (at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, one of the Academy's divisions)."

As for the book, GoodReads (visit link) informs us:

"Teatro Alla Scala: The Illustrated History
by Carlo Lanfossi

The theater’s history from its origins to the present day, richly illustrated in color. This lavishly illustrated book delves into the major operas, ballets, composers, and players from 1778 to today and serves as an invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and aficionados.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Skira (first published October 16th 2012)
ISBN 8857208680 (ISBN13: 9788857208688)
edition language English"
ISBN Number: 8857208680

Author(s): Carlo Lanfossi

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