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Review of La Scala Opera

La Scala Opera
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La Scala Theatre and Museum Tour in Milan
Ranked #34 of 1,003 things to do in Milan
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This world-renowned opera house was built in 1778, where many composers wrote and conducted works including such greats as Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and Toscanini.
Reviewed 25 May 2014

It is quite a plain and boring building when compared with the other Opera buildings seen around Europe.Right on the main road, but the building is so plain that you will miss it if not pointed out and ofcourse, will leave you disappointed.

Thank Priyanka M
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Reviewed 22 May 2014

This was part of our Cathedral/Last Supper tour. Otherwise, I would not have picked it. It was a nice attraction but I would rather spend more time at the Cathedral or Sforza castle.

Thank JimE782
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

Having seen a number of opera houses in various European cities, the expections for the world famous La Scala were high. From the outside it is rather plain looking, but the history and stories given by our gude made it rich and well worth it visit.

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Reviewed 19 May 2014

I had an afternoon/evening to kill in Milan before my flight took off the next morning so I booked a seat at La Scala to see Swan Lake. While most would say "too bad" since it wasn't the opera, I couldn't have been happier with my choice. You get the whole grandeur of La Scala, the whole experience with both people that totally dress up and those of us who are less dressed etc.

The ballet was fabulous - and I go often to the NYC Ballet and the ABT in Manhattan. This performance was truly a gem - and to see Nureyev's production was just beyond.

Just beware that there are a good amount of tourists here savoring it all and...taking pictures during the performance - a total distraction...something really needs to be done to enforce this. I can see taking pictures during intermission etc, but not during the actual performance.

Still - it is a great experience and one not to be missed if you are there for the night and something is going on. Reserve early (easy online to do) and you will not be disappointed!

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Given the extensive history of this theatre and its notoriety in the music world, this museum was such a disappointment. It has a nice collection of art work, mainly portraits, and musical instruments, which is worth seeing, but the museum is not dynamic. There must be so much that this theatre could present to the public on La Scala and its productions, its history, stories, every famous opera singer in the world has sung here yet so little is told of them There is little reference to modern day artists or productions, some costumes from a 1986 production of Turandot were on display at the time, but that was all. There is little interpretation provided and it is mainly in Italian.
The opera house itself is very bland, the Teatro La Fenice, in Venice, is a much more ornate theatre. You are able to view the main auditorium and the stage from one of the more centrally located boxes, which is good. The public spaces outside of the auditorium have little decoration but nice flooring.

Overall, pleased I went and had a look at the theatre, the museum however,, could be so much more.

Thank cangau
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