Teatro Carignano

The Teatro Carignano (Carignano Theatre) is a theatre in Turin and one of the oldest and most important theatres in Italy. Designed by Benedetto Alfieri, it is located opposite the Palazzo Carignano. Building commenced in 1752 and the theatre was inaugurated the following year with a performance of Baldassare Galuppi's opera, Calamità de' cuori. Much of the theatre was destroyed in a fire in 1786, but it was rebuilt in a few months using Alfieri's original plans. Since then it has undergone several renovations. Although today it is primarily used for performances of plays, in the past it was an important opera house. The theatre is owned by the City of Turin but administered by the theatre company, Teatro Stabile di Torino, and is one of the company's principal performing venues.

Teatro Carignano
Facade and main entrance
AddressPiazza Carignano 6
OwnerCity of Turin
OperatorTeatro Stabile di Torino
Current useTheatre
Years active1753 – present
ArchitectBenedetto Alfieri

Premieres and debutsEdit

Premieres and notable debuts at the Teatro Carignano include:[1]


  1. ^ Unless otherwise indicated this list is sourced from Casaglia (2005)
  2. ^ Zietz (1999) p. 377
  3. ^ Le madri galanti was a disastrous failure at its premiere. Better known as an opera librettist and composer, Boito was only 21 when he wrote the play in collaboration with his friend Emilio Praga. See Crotti and Ricorda (1992) p. 21
  4. ^ Sadie and Macy (2006) p. 111
  5. ^ Dyment (2012) p. xxi


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  • Crotti, Ilaria and Ricorda, Ricciarda (1992). Scapigliatura e dintorni. PICCIN. ISBN 8829910198 (in Italian)
  • Dyment, Christopher (2012). Toscanini in Britain. Boydell Press. ISBN 1843837897
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  • Teatro Stabile di Torino. Teatro Carignano. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  • Zietz, Karyl Lynn (1999). Opera Companies and Houses of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, 3rd edition. McFarland. ISBN 0786406119
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