The Teatro alla Scala in Milan is playing a position of primary artistic interest in the field of national and international Opera and Drama. This paper aims to analyze the control system adopted by this Institution in order to develop some remarks about the relevance of management control system in Italian cultural organizations. In the past, in these realities the incisive public presence has often hindered the development of such managerial processes. The research has been carried out through a deductive quality methodology. This means that, empirical research has been realized later than the study of the literature on the topic. The case study has been carried out by submitting an interview to the responsible of Management Control. The empirical investigation has led us to develop some observations about management control organizational functions in the Opera houses. The paper identifies the key factors influencing the role of performance measurement system.
Keywords: Opera Houses, management control system, performance measurement