Within a set of innovative projects supported by the European Community, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala started on an experimental course in 2003 that resulted in the creation of multimedia supports based on particular operas - these are volumes comprising interactive cds and dvds, thanks to which teachers can accompany their students on a discovery tour of the world of musical drama through a set of workshops and courses graded by age-group that can be fully customized in terms of their themes and contents.
These are products that have been created with the support of influential Bodies and Institutions, foremost among which, The Scala Opera House, which contributed to the project’s realization by offering its highest qualified professionals, as well as providing access to documents and objects of unparalleled value.
Considerable assistance was also forthcoming from the Department of Education and the Regional Office for Schools, whose backing was vital to bringing about teacher involvement and for the distribution of the supports throughout schools.
The first creation was born in 2004 within the wider context of a project entitled, "Un bambino all’Opera" [A child at the Opera], which saw the production of a CD-rom designed for use by Primary Schools based on Rossini’s, Il turco in Italia.
Between 2005 and 2006, this direction continued to evolve with a new project entitled "La Musica fa Scuola" [Music as an Educational Experience], involving the creation of a dvd for use in Secondary Schools, inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni.
The course developed still further in 2008, as part of the project "La Musica e la Scuola" [Music and Schools], with the creation of a dvd of Verdi’s Falstaff, this time destined for a much wider age group (0 to 18 years).