The Teatro alla Scala, where she lives the "golden period" of her brilliant artistic career. This relationship began in a troubled way but, however, opens her the doors of international fame: she reaps success after success by interpreting the greatest female figures of the opera, such as Lucia di Lammermoor, Lady MacBeth, Norma and Medea. The 1955 version of the Traviata, staged by the director Luchino Visconti, makes a sensation for the launch of shoes during the air “Sempre libera” during the I Act. Some artistic differences with the superintendent of La Scala, Antonio Ghiringhelli, lead her away from the Milanese stage. She leaves Milano in 1960 and then settles in Paris, where she faces a less fortunate period of her career and personal life.
A curiosity: in Milano her trusted designer is Elvira Leonardi Bouyeure, aka Biki, to which is dedicated the public walkway that connects Porta Genova to Via Tortona. The designer turns her into a’style icon, helping to make her fame planetary, also as a fashion icon.