The company’s laboratories have been housed in various districts of Milan over the years, but now a €120 million scheme to bring the workshops together has been launched by Milan’s mayor. This project follows a three-year renovation cycle from 2019 to 2021 for the acoustic refurbishment of historic boxes and balconies.
La Scala’s on-stage productions are the tip of the iceberg of the enormous ‘behind the scenes’ forces in the laboratories where sets, costumes and props are created. The first building was constructed in the Bovisa district at the end of the 1940s and housed only the wardrobe, the carpentry and the costume and set warehouse.
The new cultural, artistic and production centre will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will also be designed to host shows and concerts to create interactivity between the local community and La Scala
However, the need to find a more functional solution and avoid continuous transportation of material, as well as reduce the inconvenience of managing staff that were spread across the different sites, led to the identification of a new location: the former industrial site of the Ansaldo steelworks in the Tortona district, which is owned by Milan.
Since their opening in 2001, the 20,000 sq metres Laboratori Scala Ansaldo have become one of the largest theatrical ateliers in the world.
Only a few buildings remain today and part of the vast area has already been transformed through the construction of residential buildings, commercial facilities, public spaces and Lambretta Park.
The ‘Magnifica Fabbrica’ International Design Competition will search for the best project for the site and envisages the creation of the La Scala laboratories and warehouses and the expansion of the park.
The new cultural, artistic and production centre will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, optimising set storage, handling and transport methods, and bringing all the phases of the creative process into close proximity, from design to production. It will be characterised by an environmentally sustainable approach, focusing on innovative solutions that are resilient to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The 310 metres long ‘Crystal Palace’ building (housing one of the car assembly lines) will be included in the winning project as a testimony of industrial archaeology. The park will also be designed to host shows and concerts to create interactivity between the local community and La Scala.
Between 2019 and 2021, in three consecutive years, restorers has used the annual four-week summer break of the world-famous opera house for improving its acoustics
The Scala Theater in Milan is one of the most important Opera theaters in the world. It is located in the town hall square next to the Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery and the Duomo Square in Milan
Since its construction, and for more than two centuries, La Scala Theater in Milan has acquired prestige throughout the world. Here the works of the greatest composers, famous singers, concert directors, conductors and choirs have been presented, whose names will remain written for ever in the history of classical and lyric music. Among them we can name, Alfredo Catalani, Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Arturo Toscanini, Victor de Sabata, Guido Cantelli, Tullio Serafin, among many others.