SIGHTSEEING & MU­SE­UMS

Donatella Brunazzi, Direc­tor of the Museo Teatrale alla Scala, tells us about this land­mark of cul­ture and its Mi­lanese his­tory.

Where Milan - - CONTENTS - By Stefania Vida

Museo Teatrale alla Scala, a land­mark of Mi­lanese cul­ture and his­tory

Most peo­ple may not know that this his­toric mu­seum, which cel­e­brated its 100th an­niver­sary in 2013, is one of the lead­ing mu­se­ums in Europe, and is vis­ited by more than 250,000 peo­ple an­nu­ally. It was es­tab­lished in the early 20th cen­tury thanks to the un­flag­ging re­solve of sev­eral ma­jor ad­vo­cates of Mi­lanese cul­ture, and con­tin­ues to pur­sue its ini­tial ob­jec­tive, which was to be open to the city of Mi­lan, in a bid to en­hance one of Mi­lan's unique lega­cies, that of Teatro della Scala. In ad­di­tion to its col­lec­tion of pre­cious his­toric relics, each of which has a story to tell, the Mu­seum also hosts nu­mer­ous ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing its most re­cent ti­tled ‘Arturo Toscanini. The Life and Myth of an Im­mor­tal Mae­stro'. This ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to one of the most in­flu­en­tial musical fig­ures of the 20th cen­tury. “Teatro alla Scala and its Mu­seum,” ex­plains Donatella Brunazzi, “wanted to honour and pay tribute to this con­duc­tor who brought a new level of musical ex­cel­lence to our the­atre, and was faith­ful to the demo­cratic ideals of Mazz­ini and Garibaldi. When mount­ing this ex­hi­bi­tion, we wanted to use a dy­namic, en­gag­ing lan­guage that we were able to achieve thanks to the use of in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy. For ex­am­ple, the pres­ence of a mul­ti­me­dia sta­tion on Toscanini's empty podium al­lows visi­tors to use head­phones to lis­ten to the score of Verdi's ‘Re­quiem', which is screened on a mon­i­tor, of­fer­ing them a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of con­duct­ing the La Scala Or­ches­tra in the fa­mous 1946 re-adap­ta­tion of the con­cert. The un­prece­dented success of this ex­hi­bi­tion, which was sched­uled to close on 4 June, en­cour­aged us to ex­tend it un­til 20 Au­gust. Other projects in the pipe­line in­clude a ret­ro­spec­tive ded­i­cated to the un­for­get­table Maria Callas. Sched­uled to open on 15 Septem­ber, this ret­ro­spec­tive will mark the 40th an­niver­sary of the diva's death.” >> www.museoscala.org

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