The ancient Neapolitan opera house
Inaugurated in 1737, the San Carlo Theater in Naples, near Piazza del Plebiscito, is among the oldest in Europe, holds over 2000 spectators, and is one of Italy’s largest theaters. Founded by King Charles III of Spain, in the past it was the hub of the activities of the Neapolitan School as well as a center for the arts at an international level. Rossini and Donizetti directed great opera seasons here, while among the greatest artists to have taken the stage in the Theater are Niccolò Paganini and Vincenzo Bellini. The theater has hosted works by Puccini, Pietro Mascagni and the whole branch of Neapolitan opera. Opera, dance, symphonies, and recitals are part of a busy calendar proposed every year by the Theater of San Carlo, which for more than 200 years has also been home to the Ballet School, founded in 1812, the first to be founded in Italy, and one of the oldest in Europe. The Fondazione del Teatro carries out numerous activities: from Educational to workshops dedicated to schools. Guided tours of the Theater are available every day, with access to the Historic Auditorium, the Royal Stage and the historic Foyer as well as the MeMUS, the Museum and historical archive of the San Carlo. The theater is a real attraction not to be missed if you pass through Naples.