San Carlo Theater

The San Carlo Theater is an opera house in Naples Italy, one of the most famous and prestigious in the world. It was built in 1737 by the will of King Charles III of Bourbon, and was inaugurated 41 years before the Scala in Milan and 55 years before the Fenice in Venice, which is why it is today the oldest opera house in Europe and one of the most capacious in Italy. It has a large audience, five tiers of boxes arranged in a horseshoe shape plus a large royal box, a gallery and a stage.

Given its size, structure and antiquity, it was a model for later theaters in Europe. The structure was communicating with the Royal Palace, so that the king could go to the shows without having to go down the street. Conceived by Giovanni Antonio Medrano and Angelo Casarale, the San Carlo Theatre soon became the hub of all the arts. Admired by the Neapolitans and praised by foreigners, the theater became, due to the musical interest of its shows, a strong attraction; and thanks to the Neapolitan School, Naples Italy became the capital of European music. Since its birth, the San Carlo Theatre has been the fulcrum of opera and classical ballet in Italy and Europe capable of attracting illustrious personalities of international fame, including Paganini, Bellini, Bach, Handel, Mozart.

Among the famous directors and musicians who performed in this opera house, artists of the caliber of Gioachino Rossini, Gateano Donizetti, Giuseppe Verdi, who composed many operas for the San Carlo of Naples Italy. The dominant colors inside the room are fire red and gold. On the royal stage, one of the most beautiful and sumptuous in Europe, is the Savoy coat of arms wanted by the Savoy after the unification of Italy. On the ceiling there is a large canvas measuring 500 square meters, made by Antonio, Giovanni and Giuseppe Cammarano, and which depicts Apollo presenting the greatest poets in the world to Minerva. If you are planning your holiday to visit Naples Italy, visit the San Carlo Theater is one of the things to do.




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