Teatro Alla Scala: Excelsior Balletto

by vatienne


The other day we went to the Teatro alla Scala to watch some ballet.

We only had that night available so we had to go and see if they had tickets for that night.
With low expectations thinking that the tickets would have already been sold out, we gave it a try anyway to go to the ticket office.
At the ticket office in Duomo station, my mom went and asked:

“do you have tickets for tonight?”
“no they are oll sold outtt” *italian accent*
“oh…” (exactly how we thought)
“but eeff you leave your name wid mee and go to la scalla at 5:30 you can get teeckets forrr 10 euro.”
“10 euro?”

So 2.5 hours before the show started we stood around the biglietteria (ticket office) at the side of the theater.
Full of people were surrounding with black or full fur coats. So milan.
It was true. We were able to get the tickets for 10 euros…!

At 7:30pm, we entered the theater and went up the long stairs to the last floor (for this it is called the teatro alla scala-stairs)
We had the seats on the last floor right above the orchestra, the stage was in sight from the most acute angle in the whole audience.
Even though the people beside us were like “these are the worst seats. let’s go”, we enjoyed it a lot.
Ok, for those of you who have time and can get tickets ahead of time, do so.
And for those of you who are there to see the actions of the show, book the tickets ahead of time.
But my mother and I went just to feel the ambient of the Scala, and we were satisfied anyway because we didn’t think  we would be getting the tickets.
And we were sitting inside the beautiful theater.

Covered in bordeaux velvet and gold decorations, the grand chandelier illuminated the whole theater while people were either looking for their seats, or just  chattering throwing Italian hand gestures at one another.
Our seats had the over view of the whole place. We were able to see even the musical players testing their sounds. Some people were sitting waiting patiently in the executive box or studying the story outline of the ballet on their ipad.

The woman beside us was complaining how the pamphlet font size used to me much bigger back in the days taking out her binoculars wondering if she can see them better… Then she told us that our seats were the best spots in the theater to hear the best sound of the orchestra.

The lights dimmed down, curtains opened, we applauded the conductor of the orchestra and then started the sound of music which harmonized everyone’s breathing.  Indeed the woman beside us was right. The sound vibration arose to us from the orchestra right into our ears.
The ballerina pranced on toes synchronized to the flow of the violins and flutes, spun around with a beautiful bodied ballerino assisting at her waist, sent energy through her fingers to thin air like how the conductor was sending signals to the musicians.

This seat might have cost nothing and you can’t see the action on stage the whole time.

But if there is anyone out there who appreciates watching the finger movements of the pianist creating the subtle small accents in the symphony, or who has curiosity watching how the ballerinas fix their costumes getting help from the fitters, or just have fun looking at the show from more of a back stage point of view, I suggest to sit where we were sitting in seats 114 and 115.






ミュージシャンが音のテスティングも、最上級のボックス席で大人しく待ってる人やipadでバレーのストーリーラインのあらすじを読んでた人々など 客上から全てがみた。