Front Row at the Movies
You’ll Want to See
“Teatro Alla Scala”
Reviewed by Shirrel Rhoades
While we regularly report on the feature films found at local venues, we sometimes overlook special events like the Art & Architecture in the Cinema series at the Tropic. Tsk, tsk.
On Sunday you can catch the latest entry, “Teatro Alla Scala: The Temple Of Wonders.”
La Scala (as it’s called for short) is an opera house in Milan, Italy. But the magnificent structure is more than that … it has been called “a marvelous place, where the most glorious pages in the history of music, opera and ballet have been written.”
Most of world’s greatest operatic stars and conductors have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Opened in 1778, La Scala was built on the site of an earlier theater destroyed by fire. Between 2002 and 2004 it underwent a major renovation at a cost of nearly $68 million.
The theatre features over 3,000 seats grouped into 678 stalls, arranged in six tiers above two galleries. The stage is one of the largest in Europe.
La Scala has hosted the prima (first production) of many famous operas.
Directors Silvia Corbetta and Luca Lucini have put together a fascinating film, one that might be viewed as a travelogue confined to one world-famous opera house. The accompanying music is worth the ticket price alone.