• Art & Culture

Teatro Sociale di Como

Where
Teatro Sociale
Piazza Verdi, Como
Contacts
+39 031 270170
Official site

Teatro Sociale di Como is a focal point for the cultural life of the area. It attracts opera fans in particular from a large triangle whose corners are formed by Varese, Lecco and Switzerland. Since 1 January 2002, the performances and all the opera house’s activities have been managed by AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association) of Milan, while the building is owned by the Gallery Ticket Holders’ Society.

Teatro Sociale was founded in 1813, the year Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner were born. It was built in an area known as the “place of ruins” because it was the site of the Castle of the Round Tower, dating from the second half of the thirteenth century. The project for the purchase of the area was promoted by Count Giampietro Porro, chairman of the committee for the new opera house and Podestà of Como. The design of the opera house was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Cusi and construction commenced in 1811. The curtain went up for the first time on the evening of 28 August 1813, on Antonio Fonseca Portugal’s Adriano in Siria and Giuseppe Mosca’s I Pretendenti Delusi.

Sociale has been restored several times. In 1899, to celebrate the centenary of Alessandro Volta’s invention of the battery, the interior was cleaned and fitted with electrical lighting which allowed a better appreciation of its beauty. The opera house owns an antique stage curtain by Alessandro Sanquirico, the great set designer and painter of the first half of the nineteenth century, depicting the death of Pliny the Elder among his soldiers during the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The opera house was restored several times under the guidance of engineer Mario Bernasconi, fully funded by the Gallery Ticket Holders’ Society. It reopened on 23 October 1988. The work continued with the laying of a new roof and the repair and painting of the entire building, which has now been restored to its original glory.

Following bomb damage in 1943, La Scala was temporarily relocated to Teatro Sociale. This joint venture brought the greatest performers of the period to Como. All the greatest singers and conductors, from Toscanini to Muti, have performed at the Teatro Sociale. It was an important venue: the greatest composers gave much importance to the opinion of the cultured Como public and frequently attended the performances of their operas. In November 1906, Mascagni conducted the second performance of Amica and police intervention was necessary to keep the crowd under control and oversee entry to the building.

Founded in Milan in 1949 by Cavaliere Giovanni Treccani degli Alfieri, AsLiCo (Opera Concert Association) was established with the aim of “paving the way for young students with sufficient natural talent for experimental theatre”. Having consolidated itself over the years, AsLiCo promotes numerous ventures and projects aimed at the training of young performers, offering them important opportunities for work and growth. In 2001 AsLiCo established its headquarters at the Teatro Sociale and started managing all the artistic activities of the historic Como opera house. These are funded by various authorities (Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Region of Lombardy, Province and Municipality of Como) as well as the local and regional press. Many activities are scheduled during the year, ranging from opera to prose and including dance, musicals and concerts, without forgetting shows for children and families. The opera house has a programme for schools, devised for all levels, which involves approximately 5,000 students and 250 teachers in the city and province of Como.

Teatro Sociale di Como vaunts an extremely varied programme of top-level events. Classical and modern dance performances by international companies, symphonic concerts conducted by top names, Italian and international pop music concerts, and of course opera, all ensure that the Teatro Sociale is one of the attractions that make Lake Como a magnet for cultural tourism.


THEATER TOUR & HAPPY HOUR

A morning at Teatro Sociale to visit the "behind the scenes" and the Theatre’s mysterious places,

usually closed off to viewers, and to enjoy a very gourmet Happy Hour at Caffè Teatro.

45-minute guided tour in Italian and English.

And then, drink & appetizers!

TOUR + HAPPY HOUR 10 € per person

ONLY GUIDED TOUR 5 € per person

Contatt

 


Opening hours

Ticket office

Piazza Verdi, 22100 Como

Tuesday and Thursday h. 10.00 – 14.00.
Wednesday and Friday h. 16.00 – 20.00.
Saturday h. 10.00 – 13.00 / 14.00 – 18.00
Tel. +39. 031.270170
Fax +39. 031.271472
info@teatrosocialecomo.it - biglietteria@teatrosocialecomo.it 

www.teatrosocialecomo.it


Other links

Facebook
Festival Como Città della Musica
Opera education
Take me here: Teatro Sociale di Como

Places

Cathedral of Como

  • Religious Tourism
Cathedral of Como
91 mt

Rationalism in Como

Rationalism in Como: when architecture shapes the city
  • Art & Culture
como momumento ai caduti razionalismo
120 mt

Basilica di San Fedele

  • Religious Tourism
Basilica di San Fedele, Churches of Como
235 mt

Church of San Fedele

Church of San Fedele in Como: between Romanic and romantic
  • Art & Culture
san fedele basilica como
249 mt

Markets in Como

Antiquariato e artigianato. I mercatini di Como sono un appuntamento fisso per collezionisti e amanti delle bancarelle.
  • Lifestyle
Markets in Como
251 mt

Antonio Ratti Foundation

The fame of the Comasche silks has crossed every border. Founded in 1945, Tessitura Serica Ratti makes Como the Silk City
  • Art & Culture
Antonio Ratti Foundation
441 mt

Look at Como with the Cableway

Go up to Brunate and admire the city and Lake Como form above
  • Active & Green
como brunate funicolare
642 mt

Volta temple

  • Art & Culture
Volta temple
777 mt

Como Silk Museum

The Museum preserves the testimonies of the Como textile production tradition that qualifies Como "City of Silk"
  • Art & Culture
Museums in Como, Silk Museum
1.19 km

Villa Olmo

Villa Olmo was acquired by the municipality of Como and turned into a venue for exhibitions and cultural events.
  • Art & Culture
Villa Olmo, Como
1.68 km

Cernobbio

  • Villages
Cernobbio, Lago di Como
3.3 km

Lake Montorfano

A small green lake with cold water and a marvellous view of the Alps
  • Lakes
lago montorfano
5.15 km

Circolo Golf Villa d’Este

Surrounded by beautiful nature on Lake Como, the Golf Villa d'Este is one of the most exclusive Golf clubs in Italy.
  • Golf
Circolo Golf Villa d'Este, Montorfano (CO)
5.52 km

Albese con Cassano

In Roman times, a strategic road ran through Albese: it was called Via Regina
  • Active & Green
Albese con Cassano
6.32 km

Albavilla

Albavilla has a very ancient history and it is one of the towns on the banks of Lake Alserio.
  • Active & Green
Albavilla
8.07 km

Golf Club Monticello

On the edge of Milan, around the corner of Lake Como there is one of the most important Golf Course in italy, the Golf Club Monticello.
  • Golf
Golf Club Monticello, Cassina Rizzardi, Como
8.35 km

Orsenigo

The history of the village, its villas and green landscapes
  • Active & Green
Orsenigo
8.65 km

Alserio

Alserio deep links to water go way back in history
  • Active & Green
Alserio
9.53 km

Lake Alserio

The kingdom of biodiversity close to Lake Como
  • Lakes
lago alserio montagne
10.36 km

Erba

Erba sits at the foot of the Lombardy Pre-Alps, on a plain of the same name
  • Active & Green
Erba
10.75 km

Activities

A day on Lake Como

  • Lakes
A day on Lake Como
315 mt

Como Food Tour

  • Food & Wine
Como Food Tour
340 mt

Bike Rental: City or Electric & Luggage Storage

  • Active & Green
Bike Rental: City or Electric & Luggage Storage
530 mt

Guided eBikes Tour with Multi-Lingual iPad Guide

  • Cycle Tourism
Guided eBikes Tour with Multi-Lingual iPad Guide
530 mt

Lake Como Villas

  • Villages
Lake Como Villas
550 mt

The avelli's mystery, the pendula stone and the boulders

  • Active & Green
The avelli's mystery, the pendula stone and the boulders
644 mt

E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards

  • Active & Green
E-Bike Tour Lake View, Old Hamlets & Vineyards
1.29 km

Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano

  • Active & Green
Ghisallo & Muro di Sormano
1.29 km

Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"

  • Active & Green
Mountain Bike in "Spina Verde Park"
1.29 km

Bike & Sail to Bellagio

  • Cycle Tourism
Bike & Sail to Bellagio
1.29 km

Where to sleep

C.A.V. RIGOLETTO - C & G SERVICE S.A.S. DI GUATTINI LORENZA ANASTASIA & C.

Como
C.A.V. RIGOLETTO - C & G SERVICE S.A.S. DI GUATTINI LORENZA ANASTASIA & C.
88 mt

RESIDENZA MANZONI DI CINI E CINI DI SIRO CINI E GRAZIELLA DE PAOLI - S.N.C.

Como
RESIDENZA MANZONI DI CINI E CINI DI SIRO CINI E GRAZIELLA DE PAOLI - S.N.C.
90 mt

C.A.V. LE STANZE DEL LAGO

Como
C.A.V.  LE STANZE DEL LAGO
91 mt

B & B GI.RA. MEGARIDE DI GRASSO RAFFAELE

Como
B & B  GI.RA. MEGARIDE DI GRASSO RAFFAELE
99 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 719

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 719
107 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 710

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 710
107 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 718

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 718
107 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 709

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 709
107 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 708

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 708
107 mt

CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE SRL SUB 707

Como
CASA VACANZE DI ODESCALCHI REAL ESTATE  SRL SUB 707
107 mt

DBH LAKE COMO

Como
DBH LAKE COMO
108 mt

APPARTAMENTO CENTRO STORICO - LA FINESTRA SUL LAGO - LA METAL NAUTICA S.R.L.

Como
APPARTAMENTO CENTRO STORICO - LA FINESTRA SUL LAGO - LA METAL NAUTICA S.R.L.
109 mt

HOUSE OF GLASS - THE HOUSE OF TRAVELERS S.R.L.S.

Como
HOUSE OF GLASS - THE HOUSE OF TRAVELERS S.R.L.S.
122 mt

FORESTERIA AURUM DI GAFFURI GRAZIANO

Como
FORESTERIA AURUM DI GAFFURI GRAZIANO
132 mt

CAV VITRUM DI GAFFURI ALBERTO

Como
CAV VITRUM DI GAFFURI ALBERTO
132 mt

FORESTERIA VITRUM DI GAFFURI ALBERTO

Como
FORESTERIA VITRUM DI GAFFURI ALBERTO
132 mt

ART GALLERY DELUXE SUITE DI MARELLI DAVIDE (RENTAL LAKE COMO SRL)

Como
ART GALLERY DELUXE SUITE DI MARELLI DAVIDE (RENTAL LAKE COMO SRL)
139 mt

PIAZZA ROMA 41 DI RENTAL LAKE COMO SRL

Como
PIAZZA ROMA 41 DI RENTAL LAKE COMO SRL
139 mt

C.A.V. RESIDENCE SANT'ABBONDIO

Como
C.A.V. RESIDENCE SANT'ABBONDIO
141 mt

DOME'S CHARME - OLMO S.P.A (BARBIERI VITTORIO)

Como
DOME'S CHARME - OLMO S.P.A (BARBIERI VITTORIO)
142 mt