After the February 25th, 1776 fire, the Teatro Regio Ducale (Royal Ducal Theatre) was completely destroyed and Milan remained without an opera house for months. At the request of Maria Theresa of Austria, Queen of France, architect Giuseppe Piermarini was tasked with building a new one, this time where once stood the church of Santa Maria della Scala whose name Maria Theresa took. Construction was completed in 1778, after a mere two years.
Since then, La Scala has become synonymous with Italian opera. It is the most famous of operatic stages across Europe and even the entire world, and it still resonates with the golden voice of the diva, Maria Callas. Half of its repertoire is dedicated to Italian scores, and the other half to French, German, and Russian composers, as well as their theatre directors and orchestra conductors.
Robert Wilson and Deborah Warner are just some of the names that have boosted La Scala's international reputation, which is always on the lookout for emerging talent.
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