La Scala Opera Theater Milan
Teatro alla Scala
La Scala Opera Theater Milan is one of the oldest theaters, and is still one of the preeminent opera houses in the world. Some of the most memorable performances happened on the stage of La Scala. Its production of classical ballets and operas is definitely a must see if you are visiting Milan. Because of the consistency in staging great productions, it is not surprising why the opera house continue to thrive for more than 200 years.
The majority of the most popular operas created by great musicians like Puccini, Bellini, and Verdi had their premier in La Scala Opera. The theater has 1,987 seats, which means it can accommodate a large crowed easily.
Check their performance schedule on their website. You can purchase tickets from their official website or visit their box office. Be careful when you buy tickets from other websites. Most of them sell tickets at an absolutely unacceptable high price.
If you did not manage to get tickets, La Scala also houses its own museum. La Scala Museum hosts an extensive collection of costumes, musical instruments, and other musical objects. In addition, they have a lovely gallery of paintings and busts, depicting some of the famous Italian maestros, including Arturo Toscanini and Giuseppe Verdi. You will also have an an opportunity to walk through the theater foyer and see its stunning auditorium. You will also get to see the stage and pit orchestra from the theater's boxes. Hopefully, with a little bit of luck you may get a chance to see the artists rehearsing. It also has its own performing arts schools, which trains young artists who want to become a rising star in the future.
Performances are often scheduled in the evening. If you want to go sight-seeing several hours before the opera starts, you can go to the Milan Cathedral and Piazza della Duomo. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan is also located nearby, where you can buy elegant outfits and other luxury items.
If you are looking for a hotel that gives you easy access to Teatro alla Scala, you should consider going to one of the fabulous hotels such as Bulgari Milano, or Palazzo Segreti. Restaurants that located near by include G.B Bar, La Locanda del Gatto Rosso, and Il Marchecino.