Academy of Music
The Academy of Music opened in 1857 and is the oldest grand opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose. Modeled on Italy’s famous La Scala in Milan, the Academy quickly became America’s most prestigious opera house, for a time rivaling New York’s competing offerings. Over the years, in addition to serving the performing arts community, the Academy has been the site of numerous graduation ceremonies and has also hosted or participated in several presidential conventions. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, the Academy of Music has benefited from millions of dollars raised by the Restoration Fund for the Academy of Music for various renovations and restorations during the past 50 years.