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A Trip to La Scala

May 5 - May 10, 2010


On May 5, 2010 nine students from Cogut Center Director Michael Steinberg's "Wagner's Ring" music class embarked on the field trip of a lifetime: they were granted unprecedented access to the storied La Scala Opera House. These fortunate music students spent five days watching rehearsals of Das Rheingold, speaking with cast members, exploring the theatre behind the scenes, joining in conversations with maestro Daniel Barenboim and director Guy Cassiers, and enjoying the sites and sounds of Milan.

With the financial support of the Dean of the College, Music Department and the Cogut Center, eight undergraduate students and one graduate student were able to immerse themselves in the remarkable workings of the world's most famous opera house.


“The Teatro alla Scala is one of the most famous opera houses in the world and the opportunity to sit in its red velvet seats, view the stage from the royal box, and stand in the orchestra pit is one that I am sure I will never forget. As an opera lover, I have enjoyed watching productions but have never seen all of the work that goes into putting one on. This trip to Milan, Italy was life changing in the way it made me appreciate the art of production and the mysteries behind what can be a magical theatrical and musical experience. Meeting Guy Cassiers, Gaston  Fournier-Facio, and Daniel Barenboim, among others, was a one-in-a-lifetime experience that I will cherish for years to come.”

—Jacob Klapholz'13