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Subject: Re: La Scala
From: Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Alain Letort <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 20 May 2017 11:35:47 -0400

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Hi, Henry and Listers :

Based upon my experience at Venice’s La Fenice two weeks ago — it can’t be very 
different from La Scala — I would say a jacket and tie would be “de rigueur.”  All the men 
were wearing coats and ties, including myself.  The days before the performance I 
happened to see in a shoe-shop window in the Strada Nuova a beautiful pair of elegant 
suede shoes that exactly matched the color of my jacket, so I just *had* to have them.  I 
am glad I made the extra effort  because the audience members were extremely stylishly 
dressed, not “bling,” but with understated, dignified elegance.  I could tell their clothes 
were of very high quality.  I did not feel out of place in my nice duds and spiffy Italian 

Milan is perhaps the world’s capital of style and fashion these days.  May Milanesi have 
lots of money and like to show off their beautiful clothes.  I think you would stick out in 
anything other than a suit and tie.  My last experience at La Scala dates back to 35 years 
ago, and back then people were very well dressed indeed.  My recent experience at La 
Fenice leads me to believe that that is still the case.

Besides, you will be attending one of the most beautiful and elegant theaters in the world.  
(Although personally I think La Fenice, albeit much smaller, is more beautiful than La 
Scala.)  Wouldn’t you want to do honor to your surroundings, to your fellow audience 
members, and to the performers by dressing up as well as you can?  Remember, you will 
be in someone else’s country, and you don’t want to offend your hosts by dressing down.

BTW, you haven’t told us what you will be seeing, or who will be singing.  Inquiring minds 
want to know.

Cheers and all the best,


Alain Letort
Washington, D.C.
Des Ungeheuers Höhle


On Sat, 20 May 2017 11:27:58 +0300, Henry <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>In a few weeks' time, herself and I will be going to La Scala for the
>first time.  Looking at the ticket, I see the following:
>> Please observe a dress code appropriate for the Theatre.
>Now, I'm wondering just what that means, exactly. I'm not really a
>coat-and-tie sort of person but I've never been among the conspicuously
>inappropriate ones at Covent Garden or the Met. Would La Scala be
>similar to those houses in this regard or is it more on the Glyndebourne
>end of the scale?
>Thanks in advance.
>Henry Larsen

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