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Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos

Rua Serpa Pinto 9, Lisbon 1200-442, Portugal
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High European Quality

Teatro Sao Carlos, beautiful and historical building, is one of the best European Opera Houses... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Vladimir F
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Reasonable theatre, but needs to modernise

I visited the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos while attending a performance of Stravinsky’s opera... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2017
Melbourne, Australia
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The major venue where opera productions are staged during the September to June season, as well as classical concerts year round.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Teatro Sao Carlos, beautiful and historical building, is one of the best European Opera Houses, with rich and different programme, from classical works to the modern ones. Mozart, Donizetti Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, but also Stravinsky, Britten and many others can be seen there.. The productions...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

I visited the Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos while attending a performance of Stravinsky’s opera Oedipus Rex in November 2016. The performance was quite good, and ticket prices were very reasonable compared to other opera houses around the world (€40 for a good seat). Overall...More

1  Thank Alexinmelbourne
Reviewed 30 April 2016

I've always dreamed of attending a performance in this beautiful opera house and couldn't accomplish it due to several reasons: in one of my visits, the theatre was closed for restoration; in other, it was out of the season, and that made me sa. Finally,...More

2  Thank Celestefaisk
Reviewed 29 July 2015

One of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe. It is small but the inside walls and spaces are well-decorated and it seems you are living in the beginning of the XX century. The Theater also has a nice coffee/restaurant with tables outside and in...More

3  Thank Ana P
Reviewed 18 June 2015

You can pass by not remarking the Opera House. From outside it is very simple, inside is beautiful. They built it after the Italian Opera Houses. This is a very old house one of the first in Europe. It was opened in 1793.The king's loge...More

1  Thank 545medva
Reviewed 2 April 2015

What a surprise this was ! The theatre is a gem, excellent acoustics and the looks of a real European opera hall. We attended Rossini La Cenerentola a relatively less known opera. It was a real delight. Highly professional.

3  Thank ZoiaAshdod
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Like many (probably all), opera houses, there are good performances (a brilliant Bohème), bad performances (a tragic Tosca), and all shades in between - we've been here many times, and it all depends on what you see, when, performed by whom, and whether they're having...More

5  Thank MacKnickKnack
Reviewed 1 February 2015

We were fortunate to attend a performance at Teatro Sao Carlos. We saw los Diamantes De La Corona. The opera house is a beautiful auditorium which reminded us of La Scala. Ornate in white and gold, it appeared to have been recently painted. The opera...More

1  Thank ValGary2014
Reviewed 19 July 2014

No visits during the month of July. No mention of this on their website nor does lisbon tourist information know about this. When we aked the woman at reception we got an arrogant response to our friendly suggestion to put this on their website. We...More

4  Thank markhebbelinck
Reviewed 13 April 2014

Seating about 1000 spectators, the Teatro São Carlos is an architectural gem standing out among the important cultural buildings in Lisbon. Although obviously modified over the years, the interior spaces for the audience to gather in at intermissions retain a refined elegance. The auditorium is...More

3  Thank VRGFToronto
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stop for a cafe or cocktail, after exploring its
streets, shops, art galleries, theaters, museums and
viewpoints. It's also the home to the statue of the
famous statue of portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa,
having is usual espresso at "A Brasileira" as he used
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