Scala Scalissima : The Renovation of La Scala

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  • When La Scala underwent drastic refurbishment beginning in 2002 there were loud cries of protest from fans who feared the historic authenticity of the 200-year-old theater would be lost. But the stage area was soon demolished and the auditorium rebuilt to let La Scala, which was once lit by candles, come fully into the modern age. In the end, the process allowed restorers to discover features that had been buried for centuries and to incorporate them into La Scala's new look. With input from the artisans, architects, and sound experts involved, this program chronicles the renovation of La Scala and the care taken to honor its original aesthetics.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 04, 2013.
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  • Debate Over La Scala Renovation (2:45) -- Construction History (0:45) -- Renovation Design (2:18) -- Restoration Process (2:28) -- Conductor's Praise (2:25) -- Construction Site (1:55) -- Interim Performance Space (2:25) -- Paint & "Marmorino" (1:54) -- Floors (2:44) -- Chandelier (1:19) -- Parapets (1:51) -- Acoustics (1:45) -- Stage Technology (1:35) -- Box Seats (2:14) -- Fabric & Interior Decoration (1:48) -- Walls (1:27) -- Stage & Scenery (2:16) -- Curtain (2:01) -- Original Blue Walls (2:05) -- Preparations for Inaugural Production (2:31) -- Finished Product (1:23) -- Credits: Scala Scalissima: The Renovation of La Scala-The Italian Opera House Trilogy (0:29)
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