Our first stop is Milan, Italy, home to what some consider the birthplace of opera, Teatro Alla Scalla - more commonly known as La Scala. One of the oldest and grandest theatres, La Scala has become synonymous with opera in Italy, and is considered the birthplace of the artform, Built in 1778, La Scala opened its doors with a production of Salieri’s L’Europa riconoscuita. La Scala also hosted the world premieres of Bellini’s Norma (1831), Catalani’s La Wally (1892) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (1904). The theatre seats 2000 people. Fact: La Scala once housed a casino in the foyer.