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November 2024

Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra

Three twentieth-century classics, three iconic titles for an evening that brings together and celebrates two unrivalled masters of ever-vibrant modernity. George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations returns to the stage with wholly new scenes and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli. A concentrated development of the lexicon of classical ballet, this masterpiece of the purest Balanchine style grew out of the intent—as the choreographer himself stated—to evoke the grand period of classical ballet, which flourished in Russia with the help of the music of Tchaikovsky. On the other hand, this will be the first time at La Scala for two of the best-known ballets by Jerome Robbins, both set to piano pieces by Chopin: Dances at a Gathering, a jewel of pure dance, inspired by musical texture and nuances, and The Concert, a wholly unique piece providing a brilliant and witty cross-section of the human fantasy and extravagance of a series of characters at a piano recital. 

Program and cast

Theme and Variations

Teatro alla Scala New Production

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust, choreography
PPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, music
Luisa Spinatelli, sets and costumes

Dances at a Gathering

Teatro alla Scala New Production

Jerome Robbins, choreography
Fryderyk Chopin, music
Jennifer Tipton, lights

The Concert

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma Production
Teatro alla Scala New Production

Jerome Robbins, choreography
Fryderyk Chopin, music
Saul Steinberg, sets
Irene Sharaff, costumes
Jennifer Tipton, lights


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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