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Teatro alla Scala, as it is officially known, opened in Milan in 1778, and still has one of the largest stages in Italy. The early productions were comic operas, but beginning in 1812 it became the home of opera seria (serious operas), and gained renown for its spectacular productions, which included elaborate sets. These prints were engraved after paintings by Alessandro Sanquirico, who served as La Scala's principal stage designer from 1817 to 1832, and is known for his inventive use of perspective on painted backdrops, and innovative special effects involving lighting and mechanical devices.
Gift of William Eddelman