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Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos

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Chiado & Carmo
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Address: 9 Rua Serpa Pinto, Lisbon, Portugal
Phone Number: 346-8408
13:00 - 19:00
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Mon - Fri 13:00 - 19:00

The major venue where opera productions are staged during the September to...

The major venue where opera productions are staged during the September to June season, as well as classical concerts year round.

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An Opera House with a great history

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 April 2016
Brasilia, DF
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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 bubbles 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, my dream came true and we had a perfect night at the Sao Carlos National... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 the summer there is a festival ("Festival ao Largo") with classical music (including operas) outside.

2 Thank Ana P
Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 is extraordinary, Giovanni Appiani Italian master made the decoration.

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

2 Thank ZoiaAshdod
Portalegre, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a good day. But the house itself is rather fine - a little shabby, somehow... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 company was excellent. The soloists and orchestra were excellent and the huge cast was superb.... More 

1 Thank ValGary2014
Ghent, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles 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 walked a long time for this visit and found the attitude unprofessional.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 splendid in green and gold, its focal points the highly decorated royal box and the... More 

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Ilkeston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

Sao Carlos Opera House, sadly, does not seem to enjoy as much publicity as many of the other Lisbon attractions in the tourist schedules and – apparently due to the Portuguese economic situation – there are currently less performances than normal. Their website is only in Portuguese. In our fortnight in the city the only opera performances were of the... More 

5 Thank Jeffrey F
Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2012

Good ambiance. Lisbon top rated spectacules with well known portuguese and international actors, singers and players.

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