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14.02.2016 La Scala Opera House



Before visiting Milan you could hear nothing about the Duomo or Galleria, but you surely heard about the greatest in the world La Scala Opera House. So what is so great about it? First its performances like Aida, Carmen, Turandot and La Traviata – all the operas became famous thanks to La Scala Opera House. Secondly the most talented composers and orchestra conductors of their times like Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini were creating their masterpieces within the walls of the theatre. And as to the world-known opera artists of the La Scala you won’t be able to name all of them, and amongst the most famous ones in Russia are Maria Callas, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Montserrat Caballe.

Thirdly thanks to its shape of a horseshoe the main auditorium of the La Scala boasts of its acoustics equal to none in Europe apart from only the Vienna State Opera House constructed much later.

I am not going into details of the history and construction – the place is too famous and any tourist portal can easily beat me at that wink.

The only thing I could add this is a light neo-classic building and its exterior does not impress much (it is safe to say the Bolshoi Theater facade is much more beautiful) and one of my tourists even exclaimed in surprise: "This is the FAMOUS La Scala, isn’t it?" But believe me its interior, especially the main auditorium, are absolutely palatial! Today you can buy tickets on-line right from everywhere and my piece of advice to those who seek less expensive options – tickets can be purchased already in Milan 2 hours before the beginning of the performance, so-called last minutes in Filodrammatici 2 street.

And now I am going to reveal a secret how you can see the main auditorium of the La Scala almost free:

there is the La Scala Theatre Museum (€7 fee) on the left hand side of the central entrance.

La Scala Opera House

So the museum itself is very interesting – you can see rare musical instruments, portraits and busts of the composers, conductors and artists of opera and ballet who made the La Scala world famous (I proudly show the portrait of Rudolf Nureyef to Russian tourists).

I heard the following story about Rudolf Nureyev from one the oldest attendants:

"Everybody in the La Scala liked Nureyev. He was a very modest, kind person, he said hello to everyone regardless of names and titles. He never boasted of his popularity and even in the crush bar like an ordinary attendant he queued. But when he came on the stage – that was something absolutely fantastic! I have seen a lot of good ballet dancers, - after all only the best world stars perform in the La Scala, but I have never seen anybody equal to Nureyev. The audience froze and watched his dance in one breath. This was a great Artist!"

I consider Rudolf Nureyev the person we can really be proud of! :-)

 But the most important thing is you can walk from the museum to one of the boxes of the main auditorium and from this place being frozen in full delight you can admire the stage and ornamentation: six tiers of boxes, purple velvet and gilding of the arm-chairs, grandeur and luxuries beauty of the auditorium – marble, stucco, crystal glass and all that makes the La Scala the most prestigious theatre across the globe.

Believe me all this is worth seeing even if you understand nothing about opera or ballet!

 La Scala

How you can get there: quite easily. After a walk from the square in front of the Duomo Cathedral through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II you find yourself in the La Scala square right in front of the La Scala Opera House.

Please see here How you can get to La Scala Opera House using a tram

I thank my brother Alexey for the professional English translation.









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