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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 December 2004, 07:57 GMT
In pictures: Milan's La Scala
Milan's La Scala in May 2004
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Milan's La Scala, one of the world's most famous opera houses, closed in December 2001 to undergo extensive rebuilding and refurbishment. This is how it looked in May, ahead of its re-opening on Tuesday.
Milan's La Scala in November
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This is what it looked like by November, when it was opened to the press to see the progress made to one of the opera world's jewels.
Worker putting finishing touches to Milan's La Scala
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The venue is re-opening with Antonio Salieri's work Europa Riconosciuta - which opened the original venue in 1778 but has not been performed since.
Milan's La Scala
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A new tower built behind the theatre to expand the backstage area has caused huge controversy. Photo: Marco Brescia/Teatro alla Scala.
Boxes in Milan's La Scala
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Two thousand guests, including Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, will attend the re-opening. Just 100 tickets were available to the public. Photo: Marco Brescia/Teatro alla Scala.
Seat-back screens in Milan's La Scala
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Its seats now have screens so opera buffs can see translations of the script in several languages.
Milan's La Scala
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La Scala temporarily moved to a new theatre in an industrial suburb in the north of the city while the building work was going on.
Milan's La Scala
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Backstage machinery has been updated and the city's deputy mayor said it was "a miracle" the budget was only exceeded by 10%. Photo: Marco Brescia/Teatro alla Scala.



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