La Scala, also known by its full and official name Teatro alla Scala, is a grand and impressive opera house in the heart of Milan, Italy, and globally celebrated for its performances of the greatest operatic artists from Italy and around the world. It is one of the most prominent opera houses in the world and home to some globally recognised artistic groups, including the La Scala Theatre Ballet, La Scala Theatre Orchestra and La Scala Theatre Chorus. There is an associate school attached to the theatre called the La Scala Theatre Academy, which trains up-and-coming musicians, dancers, and stage management professionals.
The most immersive way to experience La Scala is to witness an opera performance, where visitors can sit within the velvet and gold ornate decorations, look around at the rows of private boxes, and appreciate the acoustics of the room. The act of watching an opera in one of the world’s most famous opera houses is a remarkable experience, and depending on seasoned schedules, visitors might be fortunate enough to hear music from the most famous Italian composers. The interior is also viewable, however, only during a theatre tour, when visitors can have a guide reveal historical and cultural information about the sites, including witnessing the view from one of the exclusive theatre boxes. In addition to watching performances, visitors can experience La Scala through the Museo Teatrale alla Scala in the foyer, which contains paintings, costumes and statues revealing the history of the opera house and the art itself.
Visitors can easily find La Scala as it sits in the centre of Milan and is very close to another famous city landmark, the Duomo. The metro travels to both these locations via the stations of Duomo or Cordusio, both of which are close to the opera house.
After a fire had destroyed the original opera house in Milan, city officials created a new one on the site of an old church named after Santa Maria della Scala, the Holy Mary of the Staircase. To honour the memory of the church, the new theatre gave itself the same title, La Scala, and became a dramatically beautiful local landmark. It faced renovations over time, creating the modern-day theatre through a restyle project in 1907 and repairs following World War II, after suffering damage from bombs.