Naples has played an important and vibrant music role over the centuries not just in Italy, but in the general history of western European musical traditions. The vitality of Neapolitan popular music from the late 19th century has made such songs as O’ sole Mio and Funiculi’ Funicula’ a permanent part of our musical consciousness.
Naples was also the birthplace of the popular Neapolitan Opera Buffa and the San Carlo Theater, built in 1737, is one of the finest musical theaters in the world.
The Neapolitan song became a formal institution in the 1830s through the vehicle of an annual song writing competition for the yearly Festival of Piedigrotta, dedicated to the Madonna of Piedigrotta, a well-known church in the Mergellina quarter of Naples. The winner of the first festival was a song entitled “Te voglio bene assaie”; it was composed by the prominent opera composer, Gaetano Donizetti.
The most famous place, of course, to hear music in Naples is the San Carlo opera house, located right outside CARUSO PLACE. Besides being the home of the opera, San Carlo is the most frequent venue several times a year for large visiting orchestras.
The largest public venue for music, parades, political rallies, installation art, New Year’s celebrations is Piazza Plebiscito, the spacious open square on the west side of the Royal Palace. Also this square is located few steps away from CARUSO PLACE.
NEAPOLITAN MUSIC LOUNGE
Inside CARUSO PLACE harmoniously coexist refined materials and details of iconic style of Neapolitan taste: the tube radio and the gramophone, seem to have always been witnesses of a message, the musical that goes beyond the borders of nations as well as those who love to travel.
The leitmotiv that led the realization of the project was the story of the Neapolitan song and the name CARUSO PLACE is a tribute to the great tenor Enrico Caruso to whom Naples was the birthplace.