Aldo Rossi – The Teatro Carlo Felice

The Teatro Carlo Felice is the main opera house of the city of Genoa, in Italy. Originally built on the site of a Dominican church in the nineteenth century, the opera house suffered damage in the context of World War II, in 1941, when a British warship-fired shell came crashing through the roof. In 1943 and 1944, air raids caused further damage reduced the opera house to outside walls and heaps of rubble.

Following the tumultuous history, Aldo Rossi provided a design in 1977. The outside design follows that of the original structure; however, the inside is entirely rethought and redrawn. In 1991, the opera house finally reopened.

The outside and main entrance to the opera house.

I like this type of building because it transcends the ages and eras of architecture. Specifically, the Teatro Carlo Felice’s outside speaks of the olden days, in the past century and before. However, the inside incorporates excellent acoustics,a beautiful set of balconies, private boxes and windows (which I found surprising) and an overall modern setup which can accomodate many visitors and venue guests. With this kind of building, and in terms of architecture, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be something for everyone.

The Carlo Felice Opera House from the inside.


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