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Teatro alla Scala

Teatro alla Scala

Nestled in the heart of the city, La Scala, Milan’s renowned opera house, is considered among the most prestigious theaters in Milan. For over two centuries, it has captivated its audience through world-renowned opera performances, ballets, and classical music concerts.

The teatro was founded in 1776 under the Empress Maria Teresa of Austria and was adorned in neoclassical architecture designed by the renowned Giuseppe Piermarini. It quickly became the nationwide home of opera and currently stands as one of the best opera houses globally! Attending a show at Teatro alla Scala is an experience that goes beyond the musical and theatrical excellence brought to the stage. The theater’s grand architecture and the red and gold décor create an atmosphere of timeliness and elegance, where every detail involves sophistication. The audience, dressed in their finest, adds a sense of occasion to the place, making each visit a truly memorable experience.

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Alongside the picturesque setting of the theatre, La Scala also offers a museum on the rear side, where one can delve deeper into the history of the theatre as well as the many beautiful paintings donated. There are also old and historical costumes on display for fashion enthusiasts. The theatre is keen on recruiting young talent and, therefore, within its confines, hosts an academy of the arts, opera, dance, etc. to expose young performers to the stage. Allowing spectatators to be the first to view some of the best upcoming artists in the sector.


To buy tickets for La Scala, you can conveniently book online on the official website or in person at the theater’s ticket office, open between 12 a.m. and 6pm Monday through Saturday. Buying tickets for a performance at La Scala is an experience that many aspire to, so it’s recommended to plan ahead and secure your tickets well in advance, especially for the most popular performances, which tend to sell out the fastest. For those looking to spend less, a special area called the ‘loggione’ can be accessed for less. The loggione is a lively area where historical spectators are dedicated to expressing their opinions aloud, so if you would like to be immersed in the experience, this might be the place for you!

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Special Student Discounts

For students eager to immerse themselves in the world of opera, La Scala offers special discounts on tickets. Students under 26 years old are entitled to the GSA: Giovani, Studenti, Anziani (up to -25%) on all categories of seats except gallery ‘Ingressi’, for all opera and ballet performances from Monday to Thursday and for all concerts. With a valid ID card, the price is available directly online and at the ticket office, making it more accessible for young opera enthusiasts to experience world-class productions. Find out more about the promotions that La Scala has for young people here.

English Newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the latest news and events at La Scala by subscribing to the theater’s English newsletter. This way, you can be the first to know about the upcoming performances, ensuring you never miss out on securing tickets for these extraordinary events.

So, with its rich history, world-class performances and vibrant cultural scene, Teatro alla Scala is a must-visit destination for anyone in Milan. If you’re looking for more information about the unforgettable experiences that La Scala offers, check out the official website, www.teatroallascala.org

Featured image from George M. Groutas

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