I own this in the pure parfum concentration. I find it to have a bit of a citrus character on top and a wonderful and complex woody dry-down. Although I own it as a parfum, I find I need to apply a lot of it to begin noticing it. Once established it is very persistent.
I see the associations with Coco and Opium since this masterly work of italian olfactory craftsmanship was a classy, spicy and mysterious juice for a night gala at theatre or a ballet. The aroma of this unfortunately discontinued juice was deliberately and deliciously stuffy, vintage (in its backbone of aldehydes, bergamot, spices, mellow fruits, patchouli and animalic notes), highly classy and superb in its spicy and fruity-floral-aldehydic animalic soul. I smell an honeyed rose (fairly harsh of spices), vetiver, mellow fruits, earthy patchouli and ylang-ylang. The note of tuberose links it perfectly with the fruits but is the duo rose-carnation the responsible of the main floral mark. The dry down is mossy, dense and sophisticated. The animalistic and fruity vibe reminds me a bit Diva Ungaro (and Fendi Fendi) but this one is less fruity and more earthy-rooty-dirty. An old-school respectful high class concoction.
27th January, 2012 (last edited: 16th August, 2014)
I was looking for a long time for a replacement for this perfume, which was unfortunately discontinued... Until I smelled Coco I was in love with Teatro... My second perfume purchase ever.
Dusty and luxe log cabin-smelling classic! A night at the opera, or a resinous powerhouse on the prairie--your call! That cabin is no longer occupied, and Teatro Alla Scala is no longer available.
I used to like the Parfum version of Teatro Alla Scala: on me it was exactly like Opium, though a little less sweet. Such a pity it's been discontinued.