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Program and cast


Choreography: Philippe Kratz
Music: Fryderyck Chopin

Marcelo Spaccarotella, piano
Teatro alla Scala production


Choreography and costumes: Simone Valastro
Music: Ólafur Arnalds

Teatro alla Scala new production

A sweet spell of oblivion     

Choreography: David Dawson

revived by Christiane Marchand
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach

Costumes: Yumiko Takeshima
Lights: Bert Dalhuysen
Teatro alla Scala new production

The labyrinth of solitude     

Choreography, sets and costumes: Patrick De Bana
Music: Tomaso Antonio Vitali

Teatro alla Scala new production

Birds walking on water     

Choreography, sets, costumes and lights: Natalia Horecna
Music: Arvo Pärt, Jean Sibelius, Vladimir Martynov

Teatro alla Scala new production

First performance ever

Tristan and Isolde     

Pas De Deux
Choreography: Kryzysztof Pastor
Music: Richard Wagner

Costumes: Maciej Zień
Teatro alla Scala new production

The vertiginous thrill of exactitude     

Choreography: William Forsythe
Music: Franz Schubert

Sets: William Forsythe
Costumes: Stephen Galloway
Lights: Tanja Rühl, William Forsythe
Teatro alla Scala new production
Costumes from the Wiener Staatsballett production, 2010
First performance 20 January 1996, Ballett Frankfurt, Operahouse Frankfurt

Teatro alla Scala Milano

La Scala (abbreviation in Italian language for the official name Teatro alla Scala) is a world-renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 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 Europa riconosciuta.

Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy (Italian: Accademia Teatro alla Scala), which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.

La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary.

The Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum), accessible from the theatre's foyer and a part of the house, contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding La Scala's and opera history in general. La Scala also hosts the Accademia d'Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo (Academy for the Performing Arts). Its goal is to train a new generation of young musicians, technical staff, and dancers (at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, one of the Academy's divisions).


La Scala has several foyer bars: one in the stalls foyer, two bars in the “Arturo Toscanini” boxes foyer (third floor of boxes) and two in the Second Gallery foyer. Bars open before curtain-up and in the intervals.

Food and drink may not be consumed outside the foyers. Food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium, in boxes or galleries.

Next to La Scala’s main entrance you will find the Ristorante Teatro alla Scala “Il Marchesino”, run by celebrated Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. The perfect place to enjoy an aperitif or dinner before or after the show, the restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from morning to late evening. Booking recommended.


The La Scala Shop is located inside the opera house and can be accessed from the street and from the stalls foyer during performances. The La Scala Shop sells CDs, DVDs, books and other La Scala-related items.

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