Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon's main opera house

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon's main opera house

The building was designed by architect José da Costa e Silva at the end of the 18th century.

Inspired by La Scala in Milan, the building's remarkable yellow façade was inaugurated in the historic Chiado neighbourhood on 30 July 1793 with a performance of Italian composer Domenico Cimarosa's La Ballerina Amante. Its interior, with its bluish tones, interspersed with green and gold, combines rococo and neoclassical styles and has exceptional acoustics. In the 19th century, when the royal family fled to Brazil following the invasion of Portugal by Napoleon Bonaparte's armies, the Teatro Nacional in Lisbon served as the model for Rio de Janeiro's own Teatro Nacional. Upon your arrival in Lisbon, book a balcony seat in this majestic hall, which holds more than a thousand spectators and where the memory of Maria Callas in La Traviata still hangs in the air. With a very eclectic programme ranging from classical works to a much more contemporary repertoire, you will inevitably find your happiness.

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
Rua Serpa Pinto 9
1200-442 Lisboa

+351 21 325 3000