Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
4.5
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1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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The major venue where opera productions are staged during the September to June season, as well as classical concerts year round.
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Neighborhood: Chiado & Carmo
The traditionally trendy "Chiado" (literally, "squeak", the nickname of a 16th century poet) offers plenty of cafes, restaurants and bars where you can stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used to. You can also enjoy breathtaking views of Lisbon from the Elevador de Santa Justa or the Carmo Convent, for example. A commercial neighborhood at its core, especially for its Garrett and Carmo streets, Chiado is to this day a mandatory visit in Lisbon.
How to get there
  • Baixa/Chiado • 4 min walk
  • Cais do Sodré • 6 min walk
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Jim Dryden
Roseville, MN59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Excellent concert performance of Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow in a stunningly beautiful concert hall. The private boxes are terrific. You must purchase the five seat box when reserving, but I noticed most boxes were occupied by only 2-3 people and it’s still less expensive than ticket prices at home.
Written January 3, 2024
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peterxpt0
Cascais, Portugal98 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We went here last night to see Donizetti's Elisir D' Amore. The theatre is a nice XIX'th century opera house similar to those in most European cities if a bit smaller than some. Well run with charming staff.
The singers were up to standard, the orchestra lived up to it's reputation, but the production!!!! OMG. Cheapest set I have ever seen - plain backdrop the entire time ( never heard of a slide projector?) a couple of wonky ladders that had nothing to do with the plot and a few cheap props brought on from time to time - a couple of wooden crates etc.
It was one of those (aparently fashionable in Lisbon) minimalist performances (a.k.a. cheap).
The costumes were " bring the cheapest dress you can find- you're supposed to be peasants". So instead of country peasants we got underdressed cleaning-ladies. Plus a few bits of outfit that someone had got from the prop's department after a 5 minute search. The sergeant (from XIX century Basque country we are told) was wearing a Roman helmet and a Scottish kilt with a very seedy sporran. The quack dottore who was greeted as a magnificent personality ("a Duke or Marquis" in the lyrics) arrived in a boiler suit with what was supposed to be a parachute. (Cheaper than a carriage)
The leading lady, a "wealthy landowner" according to the synopsis, who was rather well-built (nothing wrong with that -she is ,after all an opera singer) was wearing a cheap shift she had borrowed from her maid or picked up at Primark on the way to the theatre and that emphasised her generous physique, over white fat bare legs and bare feet.
I spent the first half trying to imagine how two sane males could possible have fallen in love with her - maybe the Elisir really works. Didn't stay for the second half - felt too sorry for Donizetti.
If you're in Lisbon and want to see an Opera, use You Tube.
Written October 7, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
On June 30th, 1793, Queen Maria I herself inaugurated this magnificent Opera House, as the previous one had been totally destroyed by the terrible earthquake of 1755. "Teatro Nacional de São Carlos" has been, since then, one of the most important and active Opera Houses in the whole world. Located at the heart of Lisbon's historical "Chiado" quarter, the theater can accommodate around 1,200 spectators in its luxuriously decorated interior. It is really extremely beautiful and has awesome painted ceilings. While in Lisbon, check its busy programme of operas and concerts. Mybe Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" or Donizetti's "Maria Stuarda" are being performed at this prestigious Opera House. Enjoy!
Written March 31, 2020
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Swiftwings
Portugal111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A well run beautiful theatre. I went to see Opera Mary Stuart. Easy to get to, staff very friendly, and the seating arrangments were controlled so no confusion as to where to sit.
Written January 27, 2020
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Nomadsjandp
Brisbane, Australia96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
If you have the time arrange a tour, you will not be disappointed. This theatre has been operating since 1793 & luckily escaped damage during the Salazar regime, when it was just closed. All the original opera sets are still there and the backstage area is unchanged. Also the Royal Box is in tact and so beautiful ! Box office opens at 1pm and if you want to arrange a tour before you come you can email the theatre here visitas@saocarlos.pt as we did.
Written November 19, 2019
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Дарья П
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Solo
Is the theatre working now? It’s website doesn’t . Where could we buy the tickets? We are interested in some performance during the end of September.
Written September 16, 2019
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Annick N
Salisbury, North Carolina, United States61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Went to tour the Opera house within the hours recommended ...we were told that the tour guide would be free within an hour ...so we came back ...no tour guide waited 25 minutes while mostly being ignored and finally told it would be at least another 1/2 hour waiting but maybe we should come back at 2:30 when ticket office opens ......we wanted a tour not tickets for a show
Very unprofessional
Written March 8, 2019
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Angelina Vong
Lisbon, Portugal26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
Came for a few shows, amazing ambiance and great acoustics. Come a little earlier to admire the painting and grandeur of the theatre!
Written February 25, 2019
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LisandroVoyager
Washington DC, DC785 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
The production of La Traviata with its Russian soprano was very enjoyable, our orchestra seats fine and the hall is magnificent, especially the royal box. I bought tickets online and the site has an English language section with plenty of information. We parked a bit of a walk away but there are parking lots close by. We attended opening night so during the 2 intermissions people were even eating at the theater's lobby restaurant. It was a highlight of our trip. At $80 a seat it was not expensive.
Written June 25, 2018
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DP1066
Hastings, UK640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
We were extremely fortunate to hear Anthony Marwood, the talented violinist perform works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven here in a beautiful room on the third floor. A memorable evening that was followed by dinner in the adjacent Cafe Lisboa.
Written May 30, 2018
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