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Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Activity provider: Dimensione Lirica

Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Activity provider: Dimensione Lirica

From US$ 89.46 per person

Experience Italian opera in a new way as you watch a performance in a historic building on the Grand Canal. Enjoy each part of the show set in a different hall in one of the most fascinating Venetian palaces, the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience Opera in an intimate way, with no distance separating the audience from the singers and musicians
  • Choose between 3 of the most famous Italian Operas: La Traviata, the Barber of Seville, and Rigoletto
  • Explore an ancient Venetian 'Palazzo' overlooking the Grand Canal, decorated with paintings by Tiepolo and beautiful stuccoes
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Experience Italian Opera in one of the most important Venetian-Gothic style palaces in Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto. Within this historical venue, an innovative approach to opera has been conceived, with a formula that focuses on the interaction between the singers, the musicians, and the audience. This gives spectators the feeling of living Opera ‘from the inside’. This sensation is amplified by the clever 360-degree use of the ‘stage’ and by having the guests move through 3 different rooms within the Palazzo, one for each act of the show. The whole setting changes, not just the background. Reviving a tradition dating back to the late 1800s, this reimagining is brought to life by some of the finest lyrical voices, accompanied by a talented small group of strings and a piano: a virtuoso ensemble who performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

  • The Musica a Palazzo membership card
  • A glass of wine (or soft drinks) during the first interval
  • Food (not allowed in the premises)
  • Pre-assigned seats (they are chosen by guests upon their arrival)

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Meeting point

Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto, Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo, 30124 Venezia VE, Italia. The venue is located near Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, a square on the main walking route connecting Piazza San Marco and the Accademia Bridge. The closest landmark is the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Giglio; on the rear side of the church there is a small bridge leading to Fondamenta Duodo o Barbarigo (on the wall past the bridge there are two signs: a white one and a yellow one). Cross the bridge and follow the small road along the small canal to the left. Turn right when you are in front of the sign "Sotoportego Barbarigo". The entrance is the last gate (n. 2504) on the left, under a vault.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Food

Know before you go

  •  There are 30 steps to climb in order to reach the halls where the concert takes place with no elevator
  •  The tour does not include pre-assigned seats. Seats are chosen by guests upon their arrival
  •  Every guest will receive The Musica a Palazzo membership card
  • The dress code is not mandatory, but guests are kindly asked to wear decent clothes (e.g. long trousers and closed shoes for men)
  • Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the show
  • Food is not allowed in the premises
  • The show is approximately 2 hours long
  • 2019 Program: La Traviata (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday); The Barber of Seville (Wednesday, Sunday); Rigoletto (Friday)
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What a WONDERFUL experience! My HUSBAND (not partner) of 49 years and I enjoyed La Traviata tremendously! The singers were profound as were the instrumentalists: Pianist, cellist and violinist. I would go back in a heartbeat! The singers engaged the audience with their passionate voices. There were three acts and the audience moved from one room to two other rooms as the acts changed which made it personable. I was moved with compassion for Violetta. She made one's heart throb. Magical!

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November 29, 2022

We sent to see Rigoletto in Venezia and it was my first expérience at an Opéra: how can i describe such a moment: a magical place, The Palazzo, the lady who welcomed us, and after all the Artists! Beautiful, magic pure! We enjoyed each second! Thank you, we would never forget it!

November 27, 2022

The opera was a highlight of our Venice trip! The historic mansion on the Grand Canal was the most gorgeous location. Being that it was a smaller audience, the performance felt way more intimate and engaging. We enjoyed moving rooms for each act and it helped in the storytelling. The performers were so talented! The intermission with complimentary drinks was lovely, especially the peach juice. Highly recommend this experience!!

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November 7, 2022

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