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Teatro San Carlo - Naples

This magnificent theatre welcomes opera lovers with a programme that travels through Neapolitan traditions, and returns to the classics of its operatic-symphonic repertoire, re-interpreted by a few special, internationally-famous guests.

The opera house holding the record for most operas performed in the Campania region is most certainly Teatro San Carlo in Naples. Teatro San Carlo was meant to be a substitute for the little Teatro San Bartolomeo. Its construction was completed in 1737 during a period of urban renewal built by request of King Charles of Bourbon, it not only endowed the city with a new theatre and opera house, it also connoted the power of the royals. The project was entrusted to the architect Giovanni Antonio Medriano, Colonel of the Royal Army, and to Carasale Angelo, former director of the San Bartolomeo. Decades after its construction, the night of February 13th, 1816, a fire destroyed the building, leaving only the perimeter walls and the theatre's most recent addition intact. What we see today is, in fact, its reconstruction post-blaze, followed by a very accurate and detailed restoration.

This magnificent theatre welcomes opera lovers with a programme that travels through Neapolitan traditions, and returns to the classics of its operatic-symphonic repertoire, re-interpreted by a few special, internationally-famous guests. Each season boastsimportant debuts and the return of several favorites on this, the oldest operatic stage in Europe.