Where to Watch la Scala’s Premiere Around Milano

10,000 free seats at 35 locations around the city to see the premiere of La Scala live from the world’s most famous opera house.

The main event of the Prima Diffusa gives to Milanese citizens the opportunity to watch for free the first opera of La Scala theater. Image Courtesy by © Teatro alla Scala. Rudy Amisano

On December 7, the main event of the Prima Diffusa, a project of the City of Milan in collaboration with Edison and the public Italian broadcaster RAI, returns with 10,000 seats in 35 screening venues. Milanese citizens have the opportunity to watch for free the first opera of the season live from the most famous theater in the world.

This year is the turn of “Boris Godunov” by Modest Petrovič Musorgsky. The direction of Kasper Holten, former Director of Covent Garden, casts a bird’s eye view of the history of Russia, combining emotional participation with a reflection on the value of memory and testimony.

The event will be broadcast live in theatres, cinemas, museums, hospitals, and prisons. Everyone will be able to watch the performance that will start at 6 pm CET. 

Live or pre-recorded lectures will precede the broadcast, allowing those unfamiliar with the infamous opera to be introduced to Boris Godunov world.

“Prima Diffusa returns to accompany the city to one of the most important events on the city’s cultural, national and international calendar,” said Tommaso Sacchi, Councillor for Culture of the City of Milan, in a note to the press. “A great excitement that this year is renewed for the 11th year. As always, it is the alliance between institutions and partners that makes it possible. The City Council, Teatro alla Scala, Edison and RAI make up a well-established team, united in the common goal of making La Scala’s Prima an event shared as much as possible by the Milanese, both thanks to the involvement in many widespread initiatives that allow everyone to enter into the spirit of the opera; and thanks to the live broadcasts that create an extraordinary and exciting sharing between the community and the audience at Teatro alla Scala on the evening of December 7. Prima Diffusa, however, would also not be possible without the collaboration of the city halls and many city institutions and entities-from theaters to prisons, from libraries to museums, from airports to welcome centers-that provide spaces and organization to participate in this great celebration of music, which is part of Milan’s identity,” Mr. Sacchi continued.

Here’s a list of all the venues that will broadcast the event:

MUNICIPIO 1

Ottagono della Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Curated by Fondazione Teatro alla Scala
Free admission while seats last

Teatro Dal Verme
Via San Giovanni sul Muro, 2
ipomeriggi.it
Free admission while seats last after collecting tickets from the theater box office.

Teatro Carcano
Corso di Porta Romana, 63
teatrocarcano.com 
Reservations online required or at the theater box office.

Casa Circondariale San Vittore
Piazza Gaetano Filangieri, 2
Admissions by invitation.

Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli
Viale Pasubio, 5 
fondazionefeltrinelli.it 
Free admission with reservations recommended at fondazionefeltrinelli.it

Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano – Sala Verdi
Via Conservatorio, 12
consmi.it 
Free admission while seats last

MUNICIPIO 2

Sala Alma Rosé – Artepassante
Piazza San Gioachimo, 2 – mezzanine of the railway loop Repubblica
almarose.it
Reservations required at info@almarose.it 

Heracles Gymnasium
Via Padova, 21
heracles-symposium.it
Reservations required at eventbrite.co.uk/e/first-diffuse-tickets-469102447047 

Auditorium Gaber – Palazzo Pirelli
Consiglio Regionale della Lombardia, Piazza Duca d’Aosta, 3
consiglio.regione.lombardia.it
Free admission while seats last

MUNICIPIO 3

Auditorium Stefano Cerri
Via Carlo Valvassori Peroni, 56
comune.milano.it/municipio-3
Free admission while seats last

Liceo Virgilio
Piazza G. I. Ascoli, 2
liceovirgiliomilano.edu.it
Reservations required at gis.operaconcerti@liceovirgiliomilano.edu.it

Sala Gregorianum
Via Lodovico Settala, 27
gregorianum.com
Reservations required at info@gregorianum.com 

MUNICIPIO 4

WOW Spazio Fumetto
Viale Campania, 12 
museowow.it 
Reservations required at eventimuseowow@gmail.com

MADE in Corvetto
Piazzale Ferrara, 2
madeincorvetto.it
Reservations required at eventbrite.it/e/biglietti-prima-diffusa-made-in-corvetto-470471692497

MUNICIPIO 5

Casa dell’Accoglienza “Enzo Jannacci”
Viale Ortles, 69
Reservations required at primadiffusa22casajannacci.eventbrite.it

Communities for unaccompanied minors Oklahoma
Via C. Baroni, 228
oklahoma.it
Reservations required at comunicazione@oklahoma.it 

Auditorium dell’Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano
Largo G. Mahler 
sinfonicadimilano.org 
Free admission upon collection of tickets distributed at the theater box office.

PACTA dei Teatri – Salone Via Dini 
Via Ulisse Dini, 7
pacta.org 
Reservations required at biglietteria@pacta.org 

Magazzino Musica – MaMu
Via Francesco Soave, 3 
magazzinomusica.it
Free admission while seats last

Teatro della Casa di Reclusione Milano Opera
Via Camporgnago, 40 
Reserved entrance

MUNICIPIO 6

Teatro Edi/Barrio’s
Piazza Donne Partigiane
barrios.it 
Reservations required at primadiffusascalabarrios.eventbrite.it

Auditorium MUDEC – Museo delle Culture
Via Tortona, 56
mudec.it
Free admission while seats last

ARMANI / Silos
Via Bergognone, 40
armanisilos.com  
Reservations required at 02 91630010

MUNICIPIO 7

Biblioteca di Baggio
Via Pistoia, 10
milano.biblioteche.it/library/baggio/
Reservation required at tinyurl.com/primadiffusabibliobaggio 

PuntoZero Teatro c/o Istituto Penale per i minorenni Cesare Beccaria
Via dei Calchi Taeggi, 20
puntozeroteatro.org
Reservations required at eventbrite.co.uk/e/460916191737 

Spazio Teatro 89
Via Fratelli Zoia, 89
spazioteatro89.org
Reservations required at info@spazioteatro89.org 

Teatro Rosetum
Via Pisanello, 1 
rosetum.it
Reservations required at info@rosetum.it

mare culturale urbano
Via Giuseppe Gabetti, 15
maremilano.org
Free admission while seats last

MUNICIPIO 8

Auditorium Enzo Baldoni
Via Quarenghi, 21
comune.milano.it/municipio8
Free admission while seats last

MUNICIPIO 9

Teatro della Cooperativa
Via Privata Hermada, 8
teatrodellacooperativa.it
Reservations required at info@teatrodellacooperativa.it

Cineteca Milano MIC – Museo Interattivo Del Cinema
Viale Fulvio Testi, 121
cinetecamilano.it
Reservations required at cinetecamilano.it

Medicinema – Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda
Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, Blocco Nord A, Piano -1 
medicinema-italia.org
Reservations required at info@medicinema-italia.org

OUT OF TOWN

Porta di Milano / Soglia Magica – Aeroporto di Malpensa – Terminal 1
Ferno (Varese)
seamilano.eu/it
Free admission

Teatro Civico Roberto De Silva
Piazza E. Jannacci 1, Rho (MI)
teatrocivicorho.com
Free admission while seats last

Mumac Museo della Macchina per Caffè di Gruppo Cimbali
Via P. Neruda, 2 – Binasco
mumac.it/
Reservations required at mumac.it/prenotazioni

Jessica Capretti is a frequent contributor to Milano Art Guide since 2021. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Milan and has worked on several projects including “L’Arc de Triomphe Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, in Paris. She lives and works in Milan.