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Social Theater • Como
The Teatro Sociale di Como, one of the oldest and most evocative in Northern Italy, was designed by Giuseppe Ciao and was inaugurated in 1813. Traditional theater, since 2002 it has been managed by AsLiCo.


Being the only reference theater in the area, in addition to opera productions, it offers a concert season, serious and comic prose, pop music concerts, hosts events and shows, for a total of 200 curtain raises in 11 months.

Other rooms or locations

Pasta Room - Canonica Room - Painters Room - White Room - Arena - Restaurant


Courses for children and teenagers, amateur courses for adults

The Teatro Sociale di Como, one of the oldest and most evocative in Northern Italy, was inaugurated in 1813, the year best known to music lovers for the birth of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

As early as 1807 there were negotiations for the acquisition of the area of the Castello della Torre Rotonda (from 1200) to be used for the construction of the New Great Theater of Como. The promoter of the initiative was Count Giampietro Porro, president of the commission and mayor of Como, supported by Alessandro Volta, president of the municipal council. In 1811 construction work began and the project was entrusted to the architect Giuseppe Cusi.

On the evening of 28 August 1813 the curtain of the Social Theater rose for the first time: on stage Adriano in Syria by Antonio Fonseca Portugal and I Pretendenti delusi by Giuseppe Mosca.

There are numerous interventions and restorations that have taken place over the decades. The current painting of the vault of the ceiling, which represents the muses descending from Olympus to crown the artists, is the work of Eleuterio Pagliano based on a project by Gaetano Spelluzzi, carried out during the extension restorations of 1855.

The hall currently has the shape of a cello case and the bulwarks have a wooden structure with 5 rows of seats including 3 orders for the 72 privately owned boxes, in addition to the royal box, and 2 orders for the galleries.

In 1938 the Arena of the Social Theater was transformed into an open-air theater, with a structure capable of holding up to 4000 people.

In 2013 the scenic tower from the 1930s, now in a state of neglect, was demolished and the rear facade of the theater, the work of the architect Cusi, was recovered. The Arena del Teatro Sociale, used for outdoor performances until the 1960s, was thus returned to the city for its original use in the summer months.

From 1 January 2002 the management of the shows and the entire theatrical activity passed to AsLiCo. The Theater, open more than 300 days a year, is home to a thousand activities: in addition to drama, dance and seasons of operas and concerts, it is populated by theater and dance schools, animated by children and teenagers of all ages. .

For years part of the OperaLombardia circuit, the Teatro Sociale di Como-AsLiCo is also a production theater, with numerous musical projects consolidated over the years aimed at all types of public.

Social Theater • Como
In Como, over the centuries, great interpreters performed: from Giuditta Pasta and Maria Malibran to Toti Dal Monte, Simionato, Favero, Pagliughi, Cigna, Barbieri, Carosio, Caniglia, Zeani, Scotto, Olivero, Kabaivanska, Devia, and then again Tamagno, Gigli, Pertile, Schipa, Merli, Filippeschi, Del Monaco, Tagliabue, Pasero, Bechi, Poggi, Stabile, Bastianini, Rossi Lemeni, Bruscantini, Di Stefano, Bergonzi, Kraus, Dara, Giacomini, Nucci, to mention only some names. There were also many great conductors, from Arturo Toscanini to Riccardo Muti. Extraordinary were the atmospheres created by the great virtuosos and artists, reported in the chronicles of the time: in 1823, Nicolò Paganini «made his violin felt in that academy touched by the fingers of his portentous and sublime genius. From the theater everyone left amazed and convinced that others could not reach such value ». In 1837 it was the turn of Franz Liszt, who performed his compositions: La serenata and L'orgia. On December 24, 1837, Cosima Liszt, future Mrs. Wagner, was born in Como to Franz Liszt and Madame d'Agoult. Even the world of operetta has always had an important place in the life of the Teatro Sociale, so much so that in 1911, Franz Lehàr chose it to represent his work Amor di zingaro in Italian premiere.

Memorable facts

The Teatro Sociale di Como is also known by the nickname of "Piccola Scala", since it housed the Teatro alla Scala after the bombing of 1943.

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