The theatre alla Scala is one of the most famous theatres in the world and it’s located at the end of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele the 2nd. A temple of the opera, it’s also the seat of the orchestra alla Scala, the choir, the corps de ballet, the Philharmonic and the Teatro alla Scala Academy. For more than 200 years the theatre has been commissioning grand operas and hosts the performances of artists appreciated worldwide. Its name is due to the church of Santa Maria alla Scala, demolished at the end of the 18th century in order to make room for the new Royal Ducal Theatre, which opened on 3rd August 1778 with a music drama by Antonio Salieri named “L’Europa riconosciuta”.
A temple of the opera, well-known for having contributed to the success of many artists such as Verdi, Puccini and Maria Callas, the theatre is also the seat of the homonymous orchestra, the choir, the corps de ballet and, since 1982, of the Philharmonic. Since 1991 it also houses the Teatro alla Scala Academy that breeds the best professionals of the show business.
From 2001 until 2004 the 17th century theatre underwent a restoration and all the shows were performed at the Arcimboldi Theatre built for this purpose. You can only see the horseshoe-shaped room when attending a play or with the purchase of a ticket for the Museum. Near the entrance of the theatre sits Chef Gualtiero Marchesi’s famous restaurant “Il Marchesino”, where you will be basked in delicious meals and aperitifs.
CDs, DVDs, books and other objects related to the Scala are on sale at the shop inside the theatre, which is accessible from Largo Ghiringhelli and from the foyer of the orchestra during the shows.