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La Scala Theatre, the history of a venue

One of the symbols of Milan

The city’s theatre.

The La Scala Theatre underwent major restoration and modernisation work in the early 2000s. Work began in 2002 and lasted three seasons. The Milan City Council opted for Mario Botta’s architectural design and Elisabetta Fabbri’s conservative restoration project, while the design of the stage machinery and general coordination were handled by Franco Malgrande. TMA designed, manufactured, and supplied the stalls seats and was responsible for the restoration of the box seats, lacquered with gold leaf, and the balcony seats. The stalls seats were fitted with a display on the back for the simultaneous translation of the operas in 9 languages. TMA supplied the curtain, which was reproduced based on the original one that was temporarily moved to Teatro Arcimboldi, and set up all the technical and service rooms, dressing rooms, and dance rehearsal rooms. TMA also handled the restoration of the Theatre Museum’s seats and furniture.

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A city's roots

Designing while respecting history and tradition

At the same time that the work was being carried out, it was decided that the reopening of the La Scala Theatre Museum would feature Luigi Pizzi’s new design. The restored theatre was inaugurated on 7 December 2004 with Antonio Salieri’s “L’Europa riconosciuta”, conducted by Riccardo Muti. The audience enjoyed it while sitting in the new “Alla Scala” seat produced by TMA.

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Alla Scala seat

A project requiring a specially designed seat

The Alla Scala seat was designed to complement the elegance of one of Italy’s most important and world-famous theatres.

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