La Scala (official name Teatro alla Scala) in Milan is one of the most famous opera houses in the world. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778. Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala. The theatre is regarded as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy, which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.

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Popescu Viorel Ovidiu (6 months ago)
Definitely a must visit place. It has a museum where you can see the clothes that the actors wore in the famous plays. When o went to visit there was a rehearsal going on and i watched it from upstairs.
Angelica Negoita (6 months ago)
At least once in your life should go to this wonderful place! Exceptional opera, concerts etc... the only thing I would improve would be the bar area and the personal who help you to find seats are quite arrongant, maybe due to their young age...
Aleksandra Le Bailly de La Falaise (6 months ago)
A must when in Milano! Stunning architecture and charm. A jewel of Italian history and culture. An amazing experience! I loved it and I highly recommend it.
Em S (8 months ago)
Very beautiful. I followed a German opera beautiful setting and great cast. They also have screens on which you can follow the play, in my case it was in German and Italian.
Allan (12 months ago)
Gilded grand yet intimate. Good acoustics, comfortable seats, non intrusive subtitles on screen on the back of the seat in front. You can just bring your ticket to be scanned on your phone, ignore the website instruction to print. If you must choose box seats, only select the front ones. You have been warned! Attentive, demanding audience. Good sectional coat checks. A bit challenging to catch a cab afterwards in mid winter
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