How is a show created? 

Revealing the secrets of a world constantly "at work" behind the scenes of every performance, being able to discover the secrets and strip the protagonists bare, will all be possible at the CDI from 20th May with the photographic exhibition Let's go to the Opera! How to build a show, created by the Bracco Foundation in collaboration with the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.

Through forty images divided into five sections, the students of the Course for still photographers of the Scala Academy reveal all the steps that lead an idea to take shape, up to becoming a show: from the construction of the scenes to the creation of the costumes, from the preparation of the artists’ make-up to their dressing, from the first rehearsals until the debut of the show on stage. 

The wonderful photographs allow visitors to access a world normally closed to outsiders, to "take a peek" behind the scenes and almost breathe the frantic and addictive backstage atmosphere, up to the entrance on stage. 

The shots immortalise some of the shows made by the Accademia, the school founded in 2001 within the Teatro alla Scala that prepares all professionals of the show, the artists, stage technicians and managers.

The section dedicated to tailoring offers the visitor a real treat: two costumes are on display, philologically reconstructed by the students of the tailoring course for performances, designed by Lila de Nobili that Maria Callas wore for La Traviata, created by Luchino Visconti in 1955 at the Teatro alla Scala, which were lost forever.


Follow Fondazione Bracco
on Instagram