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Teatro Nacional de São Carlos: Lisbon's main opera house


The building was designed by architect José da Costa e Silva at the end of the 18th century.

Inspired by La Scala in Milan, the building's remarkable yellow façade was inaugurated on 30 July 1793 with a performance of Domenico Cimarosa's La Ballerina Amante.

Its interior, with its bluish tones, interspersed with green and gold, combines rococo and neoclassical styles and has exceptional acoustics. In the 19th century, when the royal family fled to Brazil following the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon's armies, the Teatro Nacional in Lisbon served as the model for Rio de Janeiro's own Teatro Nacional. Upon your arrival in Lisbon, book a balcony seat in this majestic hall, which holds more than a thousand spectators and where the memory of Maria Callas in La Traviata still hangs in the air.

With a very eclectic programme ranging from classical works to a much more contemporary repertoire, you will inevitably find your happiness.

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
R. Serpa Pinto 9
1200-442 Lisboa

+351 (0)21 325 3000

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