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Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
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Tickets for Teatro San Carlo
Anne (SANTA CRUZ, CA
Getting tickets ahead of time for Teatro San Carlo was made very simple and straight-forward. Justin helped me in choosing our seating - there were 5 in our party and his knowledge of the theater guided me to choose the best seats in our price range. We were delighted with our seats (and the concert)!! I would definitely use these services when I next return to Italy.
Teatro San Carlo
Initially I was concerned that the tickets for the Naples opera house were to be ordered from Chicago, but the whole process was conducted smoothly and efficiently and entry to our box in the theatre could not have been simpler. The evening there was a delight. Not opera, unfortunately, as there was none on during our week in Naples but the classical concert with Haydn and Mozart was excellent. And what acoustics! Memorable. A glass of wine in the bar is expensive but comes complete with lovely hot snacks.
Dlweld (Victoria, BC
We attended a performance of Giselle - and quite aside from the excellent performance, the venue was fantastic. Spectacular even. The 6 levels of balconies, the amazing ceiling, the ornate decorations, and the extensive use of red velvet was impressive. The acoustics were excellent too - efficient and easy ticketing and seating added to a terrific experience. Do dress up if you go - everyone else will look pretty good - so casual is out. We recommend a taxi afterwards, as Naples late at night can seem daunting. Plus a taxi ride in Naples (use official taxis only) can be a real blast. If you're in Naples - spend the money and go to the Teatro - world class.
Teatro San Carlo
FRANK Nyc (NEW YORK, NY
We purchased four tickets for an operatic performance at the Teatro San Carlo. Select Italy made the process painless and simple. I must admit I had some trepidation about the booking because Naples is not famous for its organization or efficiency. I arrived at the box office early anticipating some complication but my tickets were printed within 30 seconds of the time I presented the Select Italy voucher. The seats were great and the opera was spectacular.
San Carlo, Naples
Andrew Farkas (Sheffield,
Very efficient booking service with easy collection of tickets from the opera house. Excellent seats, as described, and marvellous theatre with very good performance.
The San Carlo was built by King Charles of Bourbon who wished to endow his capital city with a state-of-the-art theatre. He succeeded. The theatre immediately became an object of admiration and was soon held to be without equal for the majesty of its architecture and for the perfection of its acoustics. Destroyed by fire in 1816, Teatro San Carlo was reconstructed under the direction of architect Antonio Niccolini. His efforts resulted in the structure we see today. Upon viewing the theatre at its reopening in 1818, the writer Stendhal remarked, "…it dazzles the eyes, enraptures the soul..." At that point in time, Naples was one of the most vital cultural centers in Europe, with Teatro San Carlo hosting the premiere performances of works by Donizetti and Bellini, as well as Rossini. Now carefully restored to its original splendor, the San Carlo is the oldest working theatre in Europe and still offers a dazzling atmosphere and performance.