Teatro San Ferdinando

Naples, Italy

Teatro San Ferdinando

Teatro San Ferdinando is a theatre in Naples, Italy. It is named for the Neapolitan Ferdinand I, King of Naples. Located near Ponte Nuovo, it is to the southeast of the Teatro Totò in the western part of the neighborhood of Arenaccia. Built in the late eighteenth century, seats were arranged in four box tiers, and the pit. It is most associated with Eduardo De Filippo and the productions of the 1950s under his direction. Closed in the 1980s and reopened in 2007, the San Fernando is managed by the Teatro Stabile of Naples.

Built during the period of 1788 to 1790, it opened with the Domenico Cimarosa opera, Il falegname ("The Carpenter"). La Villana Riconosciuta, another of Cimarosa's operas, had debuted in Naples in 1783 at the Teatro del Fondo, and opened the Teatro San Ferdinando season in 1791. From the beginning, the theatre had problems, undergoing different administrations, soon becoming a venue for smaller companies and for an aristocratic audience.

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