11.10.13

La Scala, Milan

Yesterday the famous La Scala theater was open to the public for the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth.



After so many years in Milan I still hadn't had the chance to enter La Scala (for that matter, I still have to go inside the Duomo... I'm a bad "milanese"), so this was the perfect opportunity to do so.

 The "Teatro alla Scala" is Milan's Opera House since 1778, it was built by Giuseppe Piermarini and it has been restored many times after fires and interior changes.

Probably, the reason they hosted this special event on Verdi's anniversary is due to the fact of the "special relationship" bethween them: after disagreements with the orchestra and having forbidden that his plays would be performed here, the premieres of his last 2 plays, Otello and Falstaff were both hosted here.

Here's the piece "Va' pensiero" from my favorite Verdi play, Nabucco, performed at La Scala: