I’ll be headed to Italy soon and I’m flying into Milan mainly because I found such a great airfare on Emirates back in February. I’m flying non-stop from JFK in New York to Malpensa in Milan for less than $600 round trip. How can you beat that?
I really hadn’t planned on an agenda in Milan, but decided to stay for two days before flying to the south of Italy. I’ve often dreamed of going to an opera at La Scala, the world’s most prestigious opera house. Inaugurated 238 years ago, La Scala holds 2000 people and I’ve heard that it is difficult to obtain tickets, and also that they are expensive.
I decided to check on the dates I’m in Milan to see if any performances were scheduled. Imagine my excitement when I saw that indeed an opera was on the schedule for one of the evenings. I went to the Teatro alla Scala website and actually found it to be in English and easy to navigate. I checked prices and was able to easily see which seating corresponded to the pricing.
I had hoped for a seat in one of the boxes, since I knew the stalls on the floor would be too expensive, plus I like the boxes. From my first opera experience in Palermo, I felt like a VIP in one of those boxes.
And I definitely knew I didn’t want to sit in the top two tiers known as the gallery, or loggione. Apparently at this theatre, the patrons who buy these cheap seats have a reputation for booing the opera singers. They are known as the loggionisti, and are merciless in their judgment of the performers. They even booed Luciano Pavarotti in his 1992 performance of Verdi’s Don Carlo.
I also have heard that many of the seats in the boxes have limited vision of the stage, and the website conveniently allows you to click on the seat before purchasing it, so you can actually see what your view would be from there. I found this very helpful and was able to decide on a seat in one of the boxes and purchase a ticket.
So I am going to the opera in Milan for less than €100. Stay tuned!
Have you been to La Scala or attended an opera in Italy? I’d love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment.
Grazie and Ciao.
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