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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Milan

Milan is known as the capital of fashion and design, but is also home to one of the world's most famous Opera Houses: the Teatro alla Scala. Check our calendar and use our event finder to discover opera, ballet or concerts performed in the most vibrant city in Northern Italy.
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MilanFrancesca da RiminiNew Production

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
Fabio Luisi; David Pountney; Teatro alla Scala; Leslie Travers; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Maria José Siri; Marcelo Puente

MilanDon PasqualeNew Production

Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Riccardo Chailly; Davide Livermore; Teatro alla Scala; Giò Forma; Gianluca Falaschi; Ambrogio Maestri; Rosa Feola

MilanBernstein, Beethoven

Bernstein, Beethoven
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Jader Bignamini; Emanuele Arciuli

MilanBeethoven & Bernstein

Bernstein, Beethoven
Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi; Jader Bignamini; Emanuele Arciuli
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II © Mark Pullinger
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
© Mark Pullinger
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Francesca da Rimini returns to La Scala

Maria José Siri (Francesca) and Marcelo Puente (Paolo) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The use in the score of ancient musical instruments is what differentiates this work: pifferi, a lute, a “viola pomposa” give this work a distinctive flavour.
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Don Pasquale, or, The Revenge of the Dead Mother

Ambrogio Maestri (Don Pasquale) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Director Davide Livermore sets the story at the time of the Dolce Vita, including the motorbike from the film Roman Holiday and the roadster from The Easy Life.
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An unbuttoned Mahler 3 at La Scala

Riccardo Chailly © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The Filarmonica did not play with the polished sheen for which it is often known, but let the raw power of the music speak on its own terms. The results were utterly captivating.
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Mourning becomes Orpheus: Gluck at La Scala

Juan Diego Flórez (Orphée) and Christiane Karg (Eurydice) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Juan Diego Flórez perhaps is the only one currently able to revive the virtuosity of the role created in 1762
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Castello Sforzesco © Jakub Hałun | Wikimedia Commons
Castello Sforzesco
© Jakub Hałun | Wikimedia Commons