Enjoy ballet, opera and classical music performances at this elegant theater.
The Teatro of La Scala, designed by the great neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, was inaugurated in 1778. La Scala's artistic history begins with the period of traditional Neapolitan comic operas, or "opera buffa." In the late 18th century a growing appreciation of the French neoclassical movement paved the way for a more radical style of musical theatre. Rossini's romantic opera eventually replaced the "opera buffa" and La Scala became the authority of the popular Italian melodrama, a tradition which persists even today. It was also in the first quarter of the 19th century when La Scala performed its first ballet and several foreign operas such as Mozart's "Magic Flute."
But it wasn't until the beginning of the 20th century that La Scala truly opened its doors to the world's growing repertoire of "new" music, featuring the works of composers such as Strauss, Stravinsky and Debussy. The 20th century proved a prolific time for La Scala and, despite damage suffered from wartime bombings in 1943, the theater enjoyed its highest point of creative productivity with the performances of artists including Maria Callas, Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. Try to take in a performance if you are here between the beginning of December and the end of June, if you can manage to get tickets.