Though no special anniversary, Google users in Italy today are seeing a Google Doodle to commemorate the “238th Anniversary of the inauguration of Teatro Alla Scala”. Inside the second ‘O’ is a view of La Scala’s famous auditorium with the curtains open and a single ballerina dancing onstage with a backcloth, seeming to depict the Alps, behind her. Well, on a clear day you can see the Alps from Milan. The theatre is empty, but the black-haired ballerina (Carla Fracci, Alessandra Ferri?) carries on regardless.
Here are Google’s words as to why they gave La Scala a Doodle:
Bellini’s Norma. Verdi’s Otello and Falstaff. Puccini’s Turandot. All classics from opera’s golden age – and all works that debuted at the Teatro Alla Scala in Milan, a masterpiece itself since its inauguration in 1778.
Today’s Doodle honors La Scala’s legendary stage, known both for its size and the distinction of its players. The opera house’s treasured halls have hosted some of the world’s most inspirational opera, ballet, and classical performances over its long existence. Seating more than 2,000 people, its theater has survived both a WWII bombing and restorative construction, continuing to pack houses and delight audiences for some 238 years.