The Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Opened in 1778, destroyed several times and rebuilt, the Scala is seen as the quintessential opera house. The annual season opening on December 7th, kown locally as the "Inaugurazione", is celebrated with much pomp as a major social event. Many famous works were premiered here. The Scala will always be associated with one name: Maria Callas, a singer who set new global standards here in the 1950s.