The birthplace of opera
Italy is the birthplace of opera. It boasts numerous composers renowned throughout the world such as Paganini, Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and many others. Every year Italy’s best opera houses offer a season rich in a variety of performances. The season most often begins between November and December, and represents a very important moment for Italian culture.
Opera houses hold theater and dance performances at other times of the year, too, and some can be toured without going to a performance.
La Scala Theatre
One of the most prestigious openings is that of La Scala in Milan, and to prove it some of the biggest names in politics, culture and entertainment attend. Teatro La Scala is usually referred to as “La Scala” and, apart from being one of the most famous opera houses in the world, it is known as the “temple of opera.” La Scala was founded upon the request of Empress of Habsburg Maria Therese of Austria after the fire that in February 1776 destroyed the Regio Ducale Theatre in Milan. Its seasonal programming is one of the most important events of Milanese cultural life. The splendid Milanese opera house can claim an abundant and varied season every year, with progammes that alternate between operas and ballets by both Italian and international composers.
Another famous temple of opera is the Fenice Theatre located in Venice. Repeatedly destroyed by fires and rebuilt to perfection after the last renovation of 2003, the theatre offers its prestigious annual opera season and hosts the International Festival of Contemporary Music. Fenice Theatre also holds its famous New Year’s concert annually.
You also shouldn’t miss the historic Regio Theatre located in Turin. It was commissioned by Vittorio Amedeo II whose eighteenth century original façade is a part of the Unesco Heritage. The theatre offers performances and many other activities such as choral-symphonic and camera concerts from October to June.