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