La Scala

Opera house in Milan, Italy.

Built in 1776 by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (which country then ruled Milan), it replaced an earlier theatre that had burned. With the works of 19th-century composer Gioacchino Rossini, Italian opera regained international attention, and La Scala, as the site of many of Rossini's premieres, had by the 1830s become the opera landmark it has remained ever since. Associated with the main theatre are a smaller theatre, La Piccola Scala; a ballet company and ballet school; and a singing school.

* * *

in full  Teatro alla Scala (Italian: “Theatre at the Stairway”) 
 theatre in Milan, one of the principal opera houses of the world and the leading Italian house.

      Built in 1776–78 by the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria (whose country then ruled Milan), it replaced an earlier theatre that had burned. In 1872 it became the property of the city of Milan. The house was closed during World War I. In 1920 the conductor Arturo Toscanini (Toscanini, Arturo) led a council that raised money to reopen it, organizing it as an autonomous corporation. Bombed during World War II, the theatre reopened in 1946, partly through funds raised by benefit concerts given by Toscanini. In late 2001 La Scala closed for extensive renovations. Mario Botta served as the architect of the project, estimated to have cost some $67 million, and the theatre reopened in December 2004 with a performance of Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta, which had been performed at La Scala's opening on August 3, 1778.

      La Scala's repertory is more varied than that of the other four or five leading opera houses. It tends to include a large number of unfamiliar works balanced by a limited number of popular favourites. Conductors are given control of casting and rehearsals. The composer Giuseppe Verdi (Verdi, Giuseppe) was closely associated with the house during the 19th century. Toscanini's tenure as artistic director marked one of the finest periods in the theatre's existence.

      Associated with the theatre are a ballet company, a ballet school, and a singing school. The expenses of La Scala are met by a combination of ticket sales, a municipal tax, and an Italian governmental subsidy.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Scala (Programmiersprache) — Scala Paradigmen: objektorientiert, funktional, imperativ Erscheinungsjahr: Seit 2001: Interne Arbeiten an der EPFL 2003: Version 1 2006: Version 2 Entwickler: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne unter Leitung von Martin Oders …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scala — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Scala (homonymie). La Scala Teatro alla Scala …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scala de Milan — Scala Pour les articles homonymes, voir Scala (homonymie). La Scala Teatro alla Scala …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scala — (ital. scala „Leiter“, „Treppe“) bezeichnet: im Bereich der Kultur: Teatro alla Scala, ein Opernhaus in Mailand Scala (Berlin), eine im Zweiten Weltkrieg zerstörte Varieté Bühne in Berlin Neues Theater in der Scala, ein Wiener Theater der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scala Santa — Saint Jean de Latran de Rome Présentation Nom local Scala Santa ou Scala Sancta Culte Catholique romain Type Lieu de pèl …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scala & Kolacny Brothers — Sitz: Aarschot / Belgien Gründung: 1996 Gattung: Mädchenchor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Scala — may refer to:* Scala Kolacny Brothers, a Belgian girls choir * SCALA, the Student Chapter of the American Library Association * FF Scala and FF Scala Sans, typefaces by Dutch typeface designer Martin Majoor * Scala Sancta or Holy Stairs, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Scala & Kolacny Brothers — Scala Kolacny Brothers Scala Kolacny Brothers en concert Scala Kolacny Brothers est une chorale féminine belge originaire de la ville d Aarschot. Elle a été fondée par les frères Steven et Stijn Kolacny en 1996 et compte environ 60 jeunes filles… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Scala (SA) — Scala …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • scală — SCÁLĂ, scale, s.f. Placă gradată montată la aparatele de radio, pe care se pot urmări, cu ajutorul unui indicator, posturile sau lungimea de undă pe care funcţionează aparatul la un moment dat. – Din it. scala. Trimis de Anonim, 09.07.2004. Sursa …   Dicționar Român

  • Scala (program) — Scala is a freeware software application with versions supporting Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It allows users to create and archive musical scales, analyze and transform them with built in theoretical tools, play them with an on screen keyboard …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.