Teatro Di San Carlo — a King’s Cultural Legacy
Alessandro Siciliani, a resident of Columbus, Ohio, is an orchestral conductor who has conducted some of the world’s best orchestras. Maestro Alessandro Siciliani grew up in a musical environment as the son of Francesco Siciliani, a prominent composer.
Francesco Siciliani, managed the Teatro Di San Carlo in Naples, a theater that was built under the direction of Charles III, the first King of Bourbon. When he went to Naples with his wife, Princess Maria Amalia of Saxony, he decided to build a theater.
Charles III enlisted the services of architect Giovani Antonio Medrano and builder Angelo Carasale. Medrano, a Spanish colonel brigadier stationed in the city, designed the building but contracted the work to Carasale.
The building of the theater took eight months. It was comprised of 184 boxes that were built across six tiers and a royal box that held 10 guests. The large theater sat nearly 1,400 people.