From today, La Scala's archive can be consulted freely, without registering.
The ongoing project, known as DAM or Digital Asset Management, is cataloguing, photographing and scanning the Milanese theatre's the vast archive, as well as listing all the theatre's performances with all the casts and creative teams.
205,000 photographs, 5,000 costumes, 800 props and accessories and 12,000 posters have been archived from 1950 to today. By freeing up access La Scala hopes that not just researchers, but those who attend the theatre, fans of opera and ballet, and Milanese citizens, will want to visit and explore this extraordinary collection of material.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.
Amazing news! I’m just in the sea of documents now. I’ve trawled through HEAPS of photos and lobby cards and only dipped my toes in!