Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
subtitles. Get the full story before the opera! Select Italy offers a variety of libretti in
English to complement your opera tickets.
Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
Consider your evening transportation options for returning to your hotel. Some trains or
public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
Select Italy for further details.
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About the Theater
Though it was the most important commercial port in all of Italy in the 18th century, the city of Genova could not claim its own grand theatre - one appropriate for hosting prestigious performances. That changed in 1828 when the city inaugurated the neo-Classical Teatro Carlo Felice. Once adorned with Doric columns and statues, the original structure was unfortunately one of many Genovese casualties during World War II. Twice bombed in 1942, the wooden structure of the theatre was completely destroyed. The new Carlo Felice was completed in 1991. It is a thoroughly modern theatre that offers excellent acoustics and an elegant atmosphere. The interior of the theatre represents an interesting example of modern design. The auditorium gives spectators the sensation of being in the middle of an enormous town square, modeled after those typical of Genova with their marble balconies and the high and narrow windows which line the city's twisting alleyways.