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Teatro della Scala
About Teatro della Scala
The Teatro alla Scala (shortly La Scala) is one of the most famous theaters in the world for over two hundred years has hosted the best artists and was still commissioner of works presented in the opera seasons worldwide. It is located in the square Santa Margherita Scala, flanked by Casino Memories, now home to the Theater Museum at La Scala.
The theater takes its name from the Church of Santa Maria alla Scala, named in honor of the patron Regina della Scala, building demolished in the late eighteenth century to make way for the theater (New Reggio Ducal Teatro alla Scala), inaugurated on August 3, 1778 with the famous opera "Europa Riconosciuta" ("Recognized Europe"), composed for the occasion by Antonio Salieri.
Teatro della Scala Museum
If you wish to touch to the Theater La Scala you should visit its Museum La Scala.
The Museum of the Theater La Scala was officially opened on 8 March 1913 in the former Casino Memories attached to the Teatro alla Scala in a solemn ceremony. At the initial nucleus, consisting of the collection Sambon. During the years were added numerous donations and purchases that make today the collection of the Museum of the richest and most envied in the world. Among the deposits should be reported to the retirement home for musicians foundation Giuseppe Verdi, as well as public ones.
To the Museum it is attached the Library, founded in its present conformation with 40 000 books donated by the author and critic of the Corriere della Sera - Renato Simoni in 1952 who wanted to be dedicated to his mother Livia. The collection is continuously enriched and updated.
You can find many musical instruments and other things there: the virginal painting by Guaracino in 1667 to move to some examples of psaltery, lute, lyre-guitar to piano Sommer belonged to Verdi. Around the instruments, on the walls, a painting of Baschenis, '600, above the picture-living showcase of antique instruments. And then the bust of Verdi, sculpted by Gemito in 1874 and above him, almost a historical thread that binds the two protagonists Scala, the portrait of Piermarini, the architect who commissioned the Empress Maria Teresa designed the Teatro alla Scala.
Take in consideration that if you would like to see also the Theater La Scala choice a day and hour for your visit when there are not rehearsals or performances at the moment, so you could take a look at the beautiful hall of the Theater La Scala from the balcony.
9.00 - 12.30 (last entry 12)
13.30 - 17.30 (last entry 17)
December 7, December 24 afternoon, December 25, December 26, December 31 afternoon, 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 15 August.
Address Theater Museum
Milano 20121, Italy
Piazza Scala, Largo Ghiringhelli 1
☎ +39 02 88 79 74 73
Fax: +39 02 88 79 20 90
Web Site: Official Web Site
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Map of Teatro della Scala