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A night time picture in Milan. It was taken without the benefit of a tripod, so apologies in advance for the lack of sharpness. I like the atmosphere and the irony of the situation. Hope you do too.

Now, a little information about La Scala from Wikipedia:

La Scala (official name in Italian - 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 first performance was Antonio Salieri's Europa riconosciuta.

Most of Italy's greatest operatic artists, and many of the world's finest singers 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.

The existing building, seen here in the background, originates from the end of the nineteenth century. It was renovated in 1907, when it was given its current interior layout with 2,800 seats. In 1943, during WWII, La Scala was severely damaged by bombing. It was rebuilt and reopened on 11 May 1946, with a memorable concert conducted by Arturo Toscanini—twice La Scala's principal conductor and an associate of the composers Giuseppe Verdi and Giacomo Puccini. The building was closed between January 2002 to November 2004 for major renovation and improvement work to be carried out.

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