Designed by Italian architect Giuseppe Piermarini, La Scala was inaugurated in August 1778 to replace the Teatro Regio Ducale, destroyed in a fire in 1776. It then had about 3000 “seats” across the chairless main floor where spectators watched the shows standing up, the over 600 boxes and the two galleries above the boxes. La Scala was restored and extended to plans by Swiss architect Mario Botta between 2002 and 2004. It re-opened on December 7, 2004 with Salieri's Europa riconosciuta, the opera performed at La Scala's inauguration in 1778.
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