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Pregliasco at La Scala

by Vittoria Crespi Morbio.
Essays by Vittoria Crespi Morbio, Artisan and Magician; Mercedes Viale Ferrero, For Giacomo Preliasco: Turinese Chronicle.
Collection «Performing Artists at La Scala».
Amici della Scala – Umberto Allemandi & C., Turin, 2010.
Italian Edition, pp.119.

La Scala under the patronage of Eugène de Beauharnais, far from memorable musically, was an extremely brilliant theatre for its spectacular staging, the dashing modernity of its stage equipment and its gorgeous sets, while its supremely elegant costumes instantly inspired high society fashion, which in turn influenced its tone. In this Milan, busy stringing together Cantatas for Peace, for War, for Victory, Giacomo Pregliasco (1758–1825) was the omnipresent stylist. His costumes for pantomimes and operas have kept their freshness and enduring loveliness, a classic sense of harmony blended with the seductions of the contemporary Vanity Fair. After a decade he left behind him a memorable mark before leaving for Naples for the reconstruction of the Teatro di San Carlo.