Map of Bergisdorf for 30pm 6 Wteatroallascala.org MDuomo Tucked in next door to La Scala is the theatre’s small museum, featuring costumes, sets, composersdeath masks, plaster casts of conductorshands and a rugged statue of Puccini in a capacious overcoat. A visit to the auditorium is included in the ticket, providing there is no rehearsal taking place; times when the auditorium is empty are listed daily outside the entrance to the museum. Down in the south of the city, near Porta Genova, the costume and scenery workshop offers guided visits (see p.62). LA SCALA’S ROLL CALL Many of the leading names in Italian opera had their major works premiered here, including Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, but it is Giuseppe Verdi who is most closely associated with the opera house and whose fame was consolidated in 1842 with the first performance of Nabucco and its perfectly timed patriotic sentiments. As the heyday of Italian opera seria petered out with Puccini’s Turandot, the early years of the twentieth century saw foreign composers welcomed to La Scala for the first time. The post-World War II period in particular saw a breathtaking roll call of top composers and performers: Schoenberg, Lucio Berio, Rudolf Nureyev and Maria Callas all had close relationships with the theatre. Perhaps the most influential conductor of all time, Toscanini, devoted more than fifty years to the theatre and led the orchestra when the opera house reopened in 1946 after being bombed out. Map of Bergisdorf 2016.
Map of Bergisdorf Photo Gallery