I am pleased to see that there is once again a theater devoted full-time to Neapolitan Music. The Trianon Theater takes its name from a village acquired in 1670 by Louis XIV and converted into a sort of pleasure garden annexed to the Palace of Versailles. The premises hosted an English Garden, a theater, fountains, and all those things necessary in the lives of Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette.
The Trianon in Naples was less ambitious. It opened in 1911 for the express purpose of being a theater for local talent. Over the next few decades, it served Neapolitan playwrights, actors and musicians well. It thrived during the great age of vaudeville and then survived for a while as motion pictures swiftly took over show business. Like many theaters of its kind throughout the world, it finally closed and was converted into a cinema in 1947.
The Trianon has now
reopened over half a century later as a theater of Neapolitan Song. It has an
impressive program of traditional Neapolitan plays and
musicals, an art gallery, very good acoustics, and,
soon, a permanent multimedia exhibit dedicated to Enrico Caruso. Much of the
restructuring of the Trianon was supervised by
musicologist, Roberto De
Simone. The theater is located, appropriately,
in a traditional part of town, Piazza Calenda, at the
extreme eastern edge of the old
historic center of Naples. That fact is attested
to by the presence in the square of an excavated
portion of the ancient Greek eastern wall of the city.
In modern terms, it is only a block away from Piazza
Garibaldi and the main train station.