Teatro Nacional de São Carlos
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Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

The Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, also known as São Carlos Opera House, is a cultural gem in Lisbon's historic Chiado district. Opened in 1793, it is Portugal's premier opera house and a must-visit attraction for lovers of classical music and opera. The theatre boasts a neoclassical façade and an opulent interior, adorned with golden detailing and exquisite frescoes. It is one of Lisbon's most beautiful buildings and a prime example of 18th-century architecture.

São Carlos Opera House offers a variety of world-class performances, including operas, ballets, and classical concerts. The venue is known for its exceptional acoustics and elegant ambience, making every performance a memorable experience. The theatre regularly hosts local and international artists, offering visitors a diverse and exciting cultural program.

In addition to its performances, the opera house also provides guided tours that offer insight into its history, architecture, and backstage workings. Visitors can learn about the theatre's past, its restoration efforts, and its ongoing role in Lisbon's cultural scene.

For those passionate about the arts, the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos is a must-see destination in Lisbon, combining history, culture, and world-class performances in an enchanting setting.


Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

Teatro Nacional de São Carlos

This attractive Italian-styled 18th-century neoclassical building attained National Monument status in 1928. The theatre is home to the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra (Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa) and was founded in 1993. It is also home to the Choir of the Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, the country’s only professional choir formed in 1943. The continuous programme of events is held in three different halls; Teatro Nacional de São Carlos shows ballet, operas and concerts in the Main Hall, smaller and more intimate performances in the Salão Nobre (Grand Hall) and various other events and social gatherings in the Foyer. At the end of each season, it also organises the São Carlos Square (Festival ao Largo), which brings scholarly music outdoors to audiences of different generations.

Yellow Bus Tour


Baixa-Chiado (Blue & Green lines)

Contact Details
Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, 9 Rua Serpa Pinto 1200-442, Lisbon, Portugal.
38° 42' 35.6" N | 09° 08' 30.3" W | +351 213 253 000
saocarlos.info@saocarlos.pt | Website

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