The theater, built on the site of a former Pirelli tire factory, was opened in 2002 as a temporary replacement for the Teatro alla Scala, which underwent refurbishment and expansion from 2001-04. The Arcimboldi seats 2,383 people on two levels and will host at least 20 concerts by the orchestra.
The Symphonica Toscanini comprises about 200 musicians, mostly Italian, selected by New York Philharmonic music director Lorin Maazel and performing on a rotating schedule. Maazel was appointed the orchestra's Music Director for Life in May 2006.
"The Symphonica Toscanini will play a core role in the future of music," Maazel is quoted as saying in a speech on its the website.