Italian opera at La Scala – on my “bucket list”

Photo of Piazza Scala by Giovanni Dall'Orto from Wikimedia Commons in the public domain
Photo of Piazza Scala by Giovanni Dall’Orto from Wikimedia Commons in the public domain

Since the fateful moment that I discovered opera, I have wanted to see an opera at La Scala. I have heard that the Italian audience is very knowledgeable and demonstrative and I have dreamed of being surrounded by Italian opera-goers at an Italian opera. Since I manage to cry at practically every opera I see, whether it is out of joy or sorrow, I hope I will fit right in!

This year, I may finally cross this off of my “bucket list”. I am currently planning a trip to Italy this fall, and it was in that vein that I allowed myself the luxury of navigating to the Teatro alla Scala site to see what is playing this coming season. Within minutes, my curiosity was rewarded! I found that on October 31st, 2014 there is going to be a premiere of Simon Boccanegra by Verdi.

In part to satisfy my obsession with seeing Italian opera in Italy, I did some quick research on Teatro alla Scala. The theatre was inaugurated on August 3, 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri’s opera in two acts Europa riconosciuta . La Scala was originally illuminated with 84 oil lamps mounted on the palcoscenico and another thousand in the rest of theatre. To prevent the risks of fire, several rooms were filled with hundreds of water buckets. In time, oil lamps were replaced by gas lamps, these in turn were replaced by electric lights in 1883.

Here is the link to the Teatro alla Scala site, and in particular to the information about Simon Boccanegra: http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/season/opera-ballet/2013-2014/simon-boccanegra.html

Ci sentiamo presto, Lina

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