by the neoclassical architect Giuseppe Piermarini, the Teatro alla Scalaopened in 1778 with Salieri's L'Europa riconsciuta.With
the advent of Rossini it was to become the appointed place of Italian opera and
later on included ballet. In 1839, Oberto Conte di San Bonifacioinaugurated the cycle of premières by Verdi
including Nabucco, Otello and Falstaff. Bellini, Donizetti and Puccini also premiered here their
masterworks. Toscanini introduced radical reform both in its organizational and
artistic aspects. The musical leadership was
later taken by de Sabata, Gavazzeni, Abbado, Muti, Barenboim; Callas,
di Stefano and Pavarotti, are just some of the singers whose career flourished here
and Visconti, Zeffirelli, Strehler, Ronconi, Chéreau are among them. The Musical Director Riccardo Chailly and CEO
and Artistic Director Alexander Pereira reinvigorated the Italian tradition of
La Scala by rediscovering the richness and
complexity of the Italian repertoire.
"Opera and ballet are not the prerogative of a nation or culture, but a heritage shared by all of humanity. For this reason, communication and coordination between the institutions at international level is necessary to support them. Promoting international patronage and cultural exchanges, the FEDORA Platform is a fundamental step in this direction and deserves our gratitude."