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Are you on holiday in Genoa and want to visit the famous Carlo Felice theatre? Or are you a Genovese looking for information about the 2023 season, all the events and other useful information?

Either way, you’ve come to the right place.

If you don’t know me, I’ll introduce myself: I’m Andrea from DiscoverGenoa.com, and in this article I’ll tell you about one of the most famous theatres in Italy: the Carlo Felice in Genoa; you’ll discover all the events, the 2023 programme, how to get there, where to park, eat and sleep nearby.

Are you ready for this? Let’s get started!

Everything you need to know about the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa

If you intend to visit Genoa, I can advise you spend at least one evening of culture in the Carlo Felice Theatre, the best in the city and one of the best in Italy.

It is located near Piazza De Ferrari, a short distance from the fountain and the statue of Giuseppe Garibaldi on horseback and hosts productions of the highest level.

It is the ideal place to spend a different and high-class evening, dedicated to symphonic music and opera.

The history of the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa

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The Carlo Felice Theatre was inaugurated on 7th April 1828, in the presence of the kings of the Kingdom of Sardinia, Carlo Felice and Queen Maria Cristina.

On that occasion, Vincenzo Bellini‘s opera ‘Bianca e Fernando‘ was performed.

The ambitious theatre project was intended to give the city an elegant artistic venue for melodrama (which was very fashionable at the time) that could compete with those of other important cities in Italy.

But why was it named Carlo Felice?

Legend has it that in Turin, the great Genoese musician Paganini refused to grant an encore to King Charles Felix of Sardinia and that, years later, the theatre was dedicated to the King, in the hope of appeasing his anger towards the city.

Truth or just legend? It’s not known.

The first version of the theatre was designed by Carlo Barabino.

During the Second World War, however, the original Carlo Felice was partially destroyed, so much so that the theatrical performances had to move to the nearby Cinema Teatro Margherita.

The new theatre, built on the area of the ancient theatre and reborn only in 1991, is characterized by a covered square of 400 square metres: an idea present in previous projects, which has been recovered.

In fact, the reason why the reconstruction of the theatre took place only in 1991, is that other competitions for the contract of the renovation works had not been successful: the first competition was already announced in 1946, won by Paolo Antonio Chessa, whose project, however, was eventually shelved.

In 1963 the great architect Carlo Scarpa was entrusted with the task, but he died in 1978 before even starting to implement the project.

And only later, in the ’80s, was a subsequent competition successful, and the theatre was rebuilt, but also drawing on some ideas of Chessa and Scarpa, including that of the square.

I mean, he wasted time, but not unnecessarily.

The columns, the Latin inscription and the terrace overlooking via XXV Aprile still remain of the old theatre.

The main hall of the Carlo Felice Theatre has 2,000 seats, a stage tower and four mobile stages.

It is a theatre with excellent acoustics and is technologically advanced.

Visit the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa

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A very interesting experience to get to know the theatre, not only from the point of view of the programme but also from the point of view of history, structure and architecture, can be taking part in a guided tour.

The theatre itself organises, on particular periods and days, guided tours also behind the scenes, sometimes aimed at a specific audience (such as students of architecture) and sometimes aimed at the general public.

During the year the Carlo Felice Theatre organizes real open days to freely visit the spaces of the theatre.

Great activities are also organised for children, who are often able to attend the rehearsals of the concerts of the Symphonic Season, interacting directly with the protagonists.

During some of these visits, the theatre allows you to attend the rehearsals of the concerts of the Symphonic Season or visit the scenes.

Sometimes there are even concert lessons and didactic workshops in equipment and tailoring and of course you can learn, thanks to a guide, the glorious history of the theatre that I summarized in this article in brief.

The 2023 Season of the Carlo Felice of Genoa

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The 2023 Season was presented on July 15th and includs eight operas, a ballet, a musical and fourteen concerts of symphonic music.

Let’s see them in detail.

The programme

Stagione Carlo Felice 2023

TU 06/1210:00Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
TU 06/1211:30Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 07/1210:00Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 07/1211:30Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 09/1210:00Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 09/1211:30Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 09/1221:00Mozart l’italianoConcattedrale dei Santi Maurizio e Compagni Martiri di Porto Maurizio, ImperiaFree
SAT 10/1215:00Il mio primo DebussyAuditorium Eugenio MontaleAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 10/1221:00Mozart l’italianoChiesa San Matteo di Laigueglia, SavonaFree
SUN 11/1220:00Mozart l’italianoOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 15/1221:00Mozart l’italianoFuori sedeFree
FRI 16/1221:00Mozart l’italianoChiesa di San Giovanni Battista, Monterosso al MareFree
SAT 17/1216:00Conferenza Die FledermausAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
SAT 17/1220:00Concerto di NataleOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SA 17/1221:00Mozart l’italianoChiesa San Giovanni Evangelista, AlessandriaFree
SUN 18/1220:00Mozart l’italianoOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 31/1217:00Die Fledermaus (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 01/0115:30Concerto di CapodannoBasilica Santissima Annunziata del Vastato di GenovaFree
SUN 01/0116:00Die FledermausOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 05/0120:00Ciclo BrucknerOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 07/0115:00Die FledermausOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 08/0115:00Die FledermausOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
TUE 10/01TURNO B20:00Die FledermausOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 11/01TURNO L20:00Die FledermausOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 13/0121:00MitteleuropaConcattedrale dei Santi Maurizio e Compagni Martiri di Porto Maurizio, ImperiaFree
SAT 14/0121:00MitteleuropaBasilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, RapalloFree
SUN 15/0120:00MitteleuropaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
TUE 17/0121:00MitteleuropaChiesa San Matteo di Laigueglia, SavonaFree
SAT 21/0116:00Conferenza Un ballo in mascheraAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
FRI 27/01TURNO A20:00Un ballo in maschera (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 28/01TURNO F15:00Un ballo in mascheraOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 29/01TURNO C15:00Un ballo in mascheraOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 02/0219:00Presentazione NovecentiSala PaganiniIngresso con biglietto
THU 02/0220:00NovecentiOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 03/02TURNO B20:00Un ballo in mascheraOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 04/02TURNO T15:00Un ballo in mascheraOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 05/02TURNO R15:00Un ballo in mascheraOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 08/0221:00Mozart l’italianoTeatro Civico La SpeziaFree
SUN 12/0220:00MitteleuropaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
TUE 14/0221:00Mozart l’italianoFuori sedeFree
SAT 18/0216:00Conferenza ToscaAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
FRI 24/02TURNO A20:00Tosca (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 25/02TURNO F15:00ToscaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 26/02TURNO C15:00ToscaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 02/0319:00Presentazione Eroi e ImperatoriSala PaganiniFree
THU 02/0320:00Eroi e ImperatoriOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 03/03TURNO B20:00ToscaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 04/03TURNO T15:00ToscaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 05/03TURNO R15:00ToscaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 10/0319:00Presentazione Paesaggi sonoriSala PaganiniFree
FRI 10/0320:00Paesaggi sonoriOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
TUE 14/0319:00Presentazione Mozart e HaydnSala PaganiniFree
TUE 14/0320:00Mozart e HaydnOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 17/0321:00(NEO) ClassicoConcattedrale dei Santi Maurizio e Compagni Martiri di Porto Maurizio, ImperiaFree
SAT 18/0321:00(NEO) ClassicoBasilica dei Santi Gervasio e Protasio, RapalloFree
SUN 19/0321:00(NEO) ClassicoFuori sedeFree
TUE 21/0321:00(NEO) ClassicoTeatro degli Impavidi, SarzanaFree
SAT 25/0316:00Conferenza I due FoscariAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
FRI 31/03TURNO A20:00I due Foscari (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 01/04TURNO F15:00I due FoscariOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 02/04TURNO C15:00I due FoscariOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 05/0419:00Presentazione Serenate per archiSala PaganiniIngresso con biglietto
WED 05/0420:00Serenate per archiOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 06/04TURNO B20:00I due FoscariOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 07/04TURNO L20:00I due FoscariOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 08/04TURNO R15:00I due FoscariOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 21/0421:00Mozart l’italianoConcattedrale dei Santi Maurizio e Compagni Martiri di Porto Maurizio, ImperiaFree
SAT 22/0421:00Mozart l’italianoAbbazia di San Siro di StruppaFree
SUN 23/0421:00Mozart l’italianoTeatro Civico VercelliFree
TUE 25/0420:00Mozart l’italianoOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 29/0416:00Conferenza NormaAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
TUE 02/05TURNO A20:00Norma (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 03/05TURNO L20:00NormaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 05/05TURNO F.A.20:00NormaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 06/05TURNO F15:00NormaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 07/0516:30Mozart l’italianoChiesa San Matteo di Laigueglia, SavonaFree
TUE 09/0521:00Mozart l’italianoFuori sedeFree
WED 10/05TURNO B20:00NormaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 11/05TURNO F.A.20:00NormaOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 14/0520:00NovecentiOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 19/0521:00In stile italianoConcattedrale dei Santi Maurizio e Compagni Martiri di Porto Maurizio, ImperiaFree
SAT 20/0521:00In stile italianoTeatro della Rosa, PontremoliFree
SUN 21/0520:00In stile italianoOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 26/0521:00Mozart l’italianoChiesa di San Giovanni Battista, MonterossoFree
SAT 03/0616:00Conferenza Don PasqualeAuditorium Eugenio MontaleFree
TUE 06/06TURNO A20:00Don Pasquale (Prima)Opera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
WED 07/06TURNO L20:00Don PasqualeOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
THU 08/06TURNO B20:00Don PasqualeOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 09/06TURNO F.A.20:00Don PasqualeOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 10/06TURNO F15:00Don PasqualeOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SUN 11/06TURNO C15:00Don PasqualeOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
FRI 16/0619:00Presentazione NovecentiSala PaganiniIngresso con biglietto
FRI 16/0620:00NovecentiOpera Carlo Felice GenovaAcquista su VIVATICKET o in BIGLIETTERIA
SAT 24/0620:30Concerto di San GiovanniBasilica Santissima Annunziata del Vastato di GenovaFree

Ticket office

The theatre ticket office, located in Galleria Cardinale Siri 6 in Genoa, is open from 11:00 to 18:00 from Tuesday to Friday, while on Saturday, it is open from 11:00 to 16:00.

It also opens one hour before the evening shows, while on the occasion of the Sunday afternoon show it opens two hours before and remains open until 15 minutes after the start of the show.

Tickets can also be purchased by phone, from Tuesday to Friday, from 14.00 to 17.00, by calling 010 5701650.

For online purchases, please contact the Vivaticket and Happyticket portals.

How to get to the Carlo Felice Theatre

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Now that you know all about the Carlo Felice Theatre, you just have to understand one thing: how to get there.

Imagine starting from the central station of Genoa, located in Piazza Principe; from here there are several options.

On foot

If you leave from the central station of Piazza Principe you can also reach the theatre on foot, but only take this option if you enjoying walking: it will take about 23 minutes.

From Piazza Acquaverde, you have to walk along the beautiful Via Balbi, once you reach Piazza dell’Annunziata take Via Cairoli (which then becomes Via Garibaldi), then turn right and enter Via XXV Aprile.

Go along it for 180 metres, and you’ll have arrived at your destination.

Complicated?

Then we’d better walk with a navigator, or go there by other means.

By car

For those who have the car it will take 12 minutes, starting from the station: take Via Andrea Doria in the direction of Via Alpini D’Italia, then take Via Antonio Gramsci, which continues in the Sottopasso di Caricamento and Galleria Giuseppe Garibaldi and take the road in the direction of Piazza del Portello.

Finally, take Piazza delle Fontane Marose in the direction of Via XXV Aprile, until you reach the theatre.

Here too, of course, the navigator can make a difference.

As for the parking lot, don’t worry, I’ll talk about this shortly.

Where to park near the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa

Fortunately, the Carlo Felice Theatre also has two parking options very close to the theatre:

  • Park Piccapietra, in Piazza Piccapietra, 58/A,
  • Citypark, in Via Gabriele D’Annunzio 104.

These are two car parks (for a fee) designed specifically for theatre customers!

Go by public transport

Finally, the metro and tram are convenient options to reach the theatre from the station in just 10 minutes.

Just take the subway and get off at De Ferrari, then walk just a minute and reach the theatre.

Otherwise, you can take bus 606, get off at XX Settembre 1/DE Ferrari stop, and walk to the theatre (18 minutes in total, 2 of which are on foot).

Where to sleep near the Carlo Felice Genova Theatre

Fine, but where to stay?

If you are looking for a comfortable, elegant and modern accommodation near the theatre, I recommend the Genoa Suite Art, a structure (with free parking) located about 200 metres from the theatre.

If you want to save money, OStellin Genova Hostel is located very close to the theatre, is very well-reviewed and has a modest price.

A very popular and interesting alternative in the area, is the Old Town Guest House, with a slightly higher price.

It looks more original and intriguing but always falls within budget options.

If you want to do things in style, the Hotel Bristol Palace is the right place for you: beautiful and elegant rooms, a refined restaurant and two bars, perfect to experience elegance not only in the theatre, but also in the accommodation. It is also very close to the theatre.

Do you want nice, elegant rooms, but want to spend a little less?

No problem: in this case, there is the Best Western Hotel Metropoli in Piazza Fontane Marose, about 200 metres from the theatre.

Where to eat near the Carlo Felice

Well, now that you have a roof over your head, you have to think about filling your stomach.

If you want to taste the local food, combining tradition, quality and simplicity, the ideal is the Trattoria Rosmarino, in the theatre area: a restaurant (one of my favorites) with an excellent quality/price ratio where you can drink some excellent wine and taste some excellent Ligurian food.

Very interesting also is Zupp Genova, an elegant place that, as the name suggests, offers excellent soups and is very well-reviewed.

Even more chic is the PEsciolino restaurant, with refined and good dishes, elegant cuisine and excellent service.

And now that you’ve satisfied your hunger, you just have to enjoy the rest of Genoa.

After all, after lunch, there is nothing better than a walk!

Conclusion

Well, we’ve come to the end of this long article on the Carlo Felice Theatre in Genoa.

You’ve found out what the programme for the 2023 season is, what the best shows and events are, how to get there, where to eat, sleep and park nearby.

If you need more information, leave a comment below, or read my article about what to visit in Genoa in one day.

Happy holidays,
Andrea

Andrea Semonella

Hey! I'm Andrea and I am a little bit obsessed with exploring the world and meeting people on the road. I'm in love with my city, and I'm happy to share with you all the best place and most incredible secrets of Genoa, Italy.

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