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Teatro di San Carlo

Via San Carlo 98 / F, 80132 Naples, Italy
+39 081 79 72 331
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Ranked #7 of 200 attractions in Naples
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Operas, Theaters, Historic Sites
Owner description: The Teatro di San Carlo was designed by the architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale for the monarch since Charles wanted a new and... more » Owner description: The Teatro di San Carlo was designed by the architects Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Carasale for the monarch since Charles wanted a new and larger theatre for Naples to replace the old and dilapidated Teatro San Bartolomeo of 1621. On 12 February 1816 the San Carlo was destroyed by fire. The Theatre was re-designed by the architect Antonio Niccolini and rebuilt within ten months on order of King Ferdinand IV. In 1845 there was additional refurbishment and, by 1854, the theatre's interior appearance changed to the now-traditional red and gold.Now carefully restored to its former splendour, the San Carlo is the oldest working theatre in Europe. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

The theatre was absolutely stunning and the tour guide was very enthusiastic. We had a small group of Italians and English so she switched between each language so no-one would miss out on any information. The tour only takes around half an hour to 45 mins and art/culture students get a reduced price ticket if you bring identification. It's an... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is advisable to see a play there. Imagine it was build in the 18th century. Exquisite, impressive, big height if you will go to 5th or 6th level...great decorations, excellent place to spend an evening.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Naples still sings,though not as pre-eminently as it used to. There is a magnificent ,excitement upon entering the operatic hallowed grounds. Teatro di San Carlo,may be less celebrated internationally then La Scala, but this is larger and equally impressive,steeped in tradition,this house is where Rossini and Donizetti scored their early triumphs. Tickets are cheap and easy to come by then... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We did a guided tour of the teatro. It is a jewel of a teatro. Elegant and classical, the way only 19th century buildings deliver. If you have time, a recommended attraction. Of course, it would even be better if one could attend an event.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Went with my husband to a French ballet last night and it was an amazing experience. we got seats on the ground floor, which had an amazing view! Recommend to everyone who enjoys the arts!

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

The theatre has one of the most attractive auditoria in Europe and a very good acoustic. Thanks to our brilliant taxi driver we made it to a performance only 45 minutes after touching down at Naples airport. Never been in a car chase before! A largely Russian cast sang beautifully but I still don't understand why the producer filled 2/3... More

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The oldest and most beautiful opera house! I saw a terrific performance of The Barber of Seville. The audience members all seemed to know the opera and often sang along. Their enthusiasm was contagious, which when coupled with the exquisite surroundings made for an unforgettable experience.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

It's worth to learn about the influence of Naples in Opera development. If you're lucky you get to see the orchestra rehearsing and enjoy a bit of music. The guide is great.

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Biella, Italy
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Naples is a wonderful city and it’s worth seeing it in your lifetime …but don’t book at the San Carlo Theatre because it isn’t worth your money. If you love opera or classical music there are many other theatres in Europe where you could go whose workers respect the public. It’s outrageous that the workers because of a union dispute…... More

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We expected to attend The Barber of Seville, but after sitting in our cabin for an hour (with friendly Italians, some local, some tourists) and waiting for the show to start, Management announced it was canceled due to a strike of the orchestra. Well, I guess that can also be called 'a genuine Neapolitan experience'...

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