Constructed under Charles of Bourbon and inaugurated in 1737, the San Carlo is Naples' most important theatre. It is also the oldest lyric opera house in Europe that is still in use.
The greatest castrati of Naples, including the famous Farinelli, performed here during the 18th century. Entirely destroyed by a fire in 1816, it was reconstructed in less than a year by the Tuscan architect and stage designer Antonio Niccolini. ‘My eyes are blinded, my soul ecstatic. There is nothing in Europe which can even remotely approach the idea of this theatre,' wrote an amazed Stendhal in 1817.
To this day, San Carlo welcomes the greatest operas and up to 3,000 spectators beneath its golden torches and throughout its six floors of boxes and 35 square metres of floor seating. Remember to reserve well in advance in order to enjoy an unforgettable evening of culture.
Teatro di San Carlo
via San Carlo, 98
+39 (0)81 797 2331