L'Opera Seria

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Duration: Approximately 3 hours and 50 minutes, intermissions included


La Scala has recently undertaken the systematic rediscovery of the Italian roots of melodrama. After looking to Venice (La Calisto by Cavalli and L’Orontea by Cesti) and Naples (Vinci’s Li zite ’ngalera), in 2025 the theatre presents an encounter of two of Italy’s premier poets, Pietro Metastasio and Ranieri de’ Calzabigi, with a Bohemian who made Venice his second home, Florian Leopold Gassman, court composer for Joseph II and Antonio Salieri’s teacher. The latter’s Opera seria, presented in Vienna in 1769 and here conducted by Christophe Rousset in a new production by Laurent Pelly with a stellar cast of young talents, is an irresistible satire of the theatre world that aptly conveys the koinè of the Gluckian reform, in which librettist Calzabigi figured prominently.

Program and cast


Staging and costumes LAURENT PELLY



Choreography LIONEL HOCHE


Fallito - Pietro Spagnoli

Delirio - Mattia Olivieri

Sospiro - Giovanni Sala

Ritornello - Josh Lovell

La Stonatrilla - Julie Fuchs

La Smorfiosa - Andrea Carroll

La Porporina - Serena Gamberoni

Passagallo - Alessio Arduini

Bragherona - Alberto Allegrezza

Befana - Lawrence Zazzo

Caverna - Filippo Mineccia


Commedia per musica

Libretto by Ranieri de’ Calzabigi and Pietro Metastasio

Teatro alla Scala Orchestra on historical instruments and Les Talens Lyriques

Teatro alla Scala New Production

in co-production with Theater an der Wien

Teatro alla Scala Milano Tourist Packages

La Scala (abbreviation in Italian language for the official name Teatro alla Scala) is a world-renowned opera house in Milan, Italy. The theatre was inaugurated on 3 August 1778 and was originally known as the New Royal-Ducal Theatre alla Scala (Nuovo Regio Ducale Teatro alla Scala). The premiere performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta.

Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the finest singers from around the world, have appeared at La Scala during the past 200 years. Today, the theatre is still recognised as one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world and is home to the La Scala Theatre Chorus, La Scala Theatre Ballet and La Scala Theatre Orchestra. The theatre also has an associate school, known as the La Scala Theatre Academy (Italian: Accademia Teatro alla Scala), which offers professional training in music, dance, stage craft and stage management.

La Scala's season traditionally opens on 7 December, Saint Ambrose's Day, the feast day of Milan's patron saint. All performances must end before midnight, and long operas start earlier in the evening when necessary.

The Museo Teatrale alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Museum), accessible from the theatre's foyer and a part of the house, contains a collection of paintings, drafts, statues, costumes, and other documents regarding La Scala's and opera history in general. La Scala also hosts the Accademia d'Arti e Mestieri dello Spettacolo (Academy for the Performing Arts). Its goal is to train a new generation of young musicians, technical staff, and dancers (at the Scuola di Ballo del Teatro alla Scala, one of the Academy's divisions).


La Scala has several foyer bars: one in the stalls foyer, two bars in the “Arturo Toscanini” boxes foyer (third floor of boxes) and two in the Second Gallery foyer. Bars open before curtain-up and in the intervals.

Food and drink may not be consumed outside the foyers. Food and drink is not permitted in the auditorium, in boxes or galleries.

Next to La Scala’s main entrance you will find the Ristorante Teatro alla Scala “Il Marchesino”, run by celebrated Italian chef Gualtiero Marchesi. The perfect place to enjoy an aperitif or dinner before or after the show, the restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from morning to late evening. Booking recommended.


The La Scala Shop is located inside the opera house and can be accessed from the street and from the stalls foyer during performances. The La Scala Shop sells CDs, DVDs, books and other La Scala-related items.

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