Teatro alla Scala to Reopen Early Following Two-Year Renovation
is reporting that after a three year
"exile," La Scala opera company will return to its newly renovated
theater in Milan in time for the company's opening date of December
In fact, the revamping was reportedly completed several weeks ahead
of schedule allowing maestro Riccardo Muti additional time for
rehearsals of the company's opening production: Antonio Salieri's
, the same opera that inaugurated La
Scala's first season in 1778.
"Muti tested acoustics of the 'new' La Scala with a 40-minute
rehearsal last week, and theater officials reported that the
maestro broke into an applause at the end to express his
satisfaction with the sound quality," writes Piero Valsecchi of the
''It was very emotional to return to your home after a long absence
and find it more splendid and more welcoming than before,'' Muti is
quoted as saying.
The Milan government reportedly approved and financed the $67
million renovation. The project started in 2002.
"The renovation - which preservationists went to court in a vain
attempt to block - added storage and service space behind the stage
and stripped away carpeting and linoleum to reveal Venetian marble
floors in the corridors and terra cotta tiles in the boxes," writes
Additionally, La Scala has now been outfitted with surtitle screens
that will allow operagoers to follow the opera's libretto in
English, French or Italian.
More information can be found at the
Miami Herald and Teatro alla
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