Teatro Carlo Felice

The first to welcome you to the temple of Genoese music is the bronze statue of Niccolò Paganini, by Livio Scarpella, who dominates the entrance with his proud and penetrating gaze. If you pay attention, perhaps you can hear the notes of his violin, which played here for the first time on November 30, 1834. Here we are at the Teatro Carlo Felice, the city's opera house, the largest in the region and one of the best known in Italy.

Opera, ballet and the symphonic season have found their home in the Teatro Carlo Felice since 1827. Recitals and various events are added to these shows, for a rich program of appointments with music and art.

Seriously damaged during the bombings of the Second World War, the Carlo Felice was rebuilt and reopened in 1991.

Traces of the original theatre are evident in the original columns, pronai, a Latin inscription and the terrace overlooking Via XXV Aprile; whereas the modern-day building, designed by Ignazio Gardella, Aldo Rossi, Fabio Reinhart e Angelo Sibilla,  has a very compact, geometric shape.The Carlo Felice theater has a technological heart, conceived by the set designer Enzo Frigerio, which makes it one of the most advanced theaters in Europe. The main hall of the Carlo Felice has a capacity of two thousand thousand seats, a scenic tower of 63 meters and four mobile stages, one of which is about 600 square meters wide. The Carlo Felice Theater has its own orchestra and choir of a high artistic level andhas been graced by the most important conductors and orchestras from all over the world.

A second 200-seat hall is used for conventions, conferences and other activities of the Theatre.

The Theater stands in the beating heart of the center of Genoa, connecting Galleria Mazzini to Piazza de Ferrari, the main square of the city. 

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