Teatro alla Scala Opera House
La Scala (abbreviation in Italian language for the official name Teatro alla Scala) can be a world-renowned opera residence in Milan, Italy.
A fire destroyed the earlier theatre, the Teatro Regio Ducale, on 25 February 1776, just after a carnival gala. A group of ninety wealthy Milanese, who owned palchi (private boxes) within the theatre, wrote to Archduke Ferdinand of Austria-Este asking to get a new theatre as well as a provisional a single to become utilized though finishing the new one particular. The neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini produced an initial style but it was rejected by Count Firmian (the governor of your then Austrian Lombardy).
A second plan was accepted in 1776 by Empress Maria Theresa. The new theatre was constructed on the former place of your church of Santa Maria alla Scala, from which the theatre gets its name. The church was deconsecrated and demolished, and over a period of two years the theatre was completed by Pietro Marliani, Pietro Nosetti and Antonio and Giuseppe Fe. The theatre had a total of “3,000 or so” seats organized into 678 pit-stalls, arranged in six tiers of boxes above which is the ‘loggione’ or two galleries. Its stage is amongst the biggest in Italy (16.15m d x 20.4m w x 26m h).
Building expenditures have been covered by the sale of palchi, which had been lavishly decorated by their owners, impressing observers for instance Stendhal. La Scala (since it came to become known) quickly became the preeminent meeting spot for noble and wealthy Milanese folks. In the tradition of the occasions, the platea (the main floor) had no chairs and spectators watched the shows standing up. The orchestra was in complete sight, because the golfo mistico (orchestra pit) had not but been built.
Via Filodrammatici 2, 20121 Milano, Italy