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Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

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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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  • 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. Opera offered: • La Traviata - Melodrama in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi (Mon - Tue - Thu - Sat) • Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Light-hearted melodrama in two acts by Gioachino Rossini (Wed - Sun) • Rigoletto - Intense drama about love and vengeance by Giuseppe Verdi (Fri)
  • 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)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • All participants who are 12 years and older must present a Reinforced Green Pass that is valid in the EU and has a verifiable QR code. Reinforced Green Passes can only be obtained by uploading either proof of full vaccination or proof of a Covid-19 infection within the last 6 months to either the Green Pass or Covid Certificate app

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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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4.8 /5

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Lively production of comic opera made accessible to kids, those not familiar w/opera or traveling format. Italian speakers had advantage of understanding libretto & I envied them but reading synopsis beforehand aided in refamiliarizing myself w/gist of the plot. My only criticism & it’s big one: practically entire production delivered in the dark. Candlelight not enough to illuminate the players & completely detracted from what could have been superb experience. As performer myself I felt what a shame it was they were working so hard, only for many character interactions, facial expressions, business with props etc was totally lost. They may as well have done staged reading in modern dress & not bothered w/makeup costumes wigs corsets etc. Thoroughly enjoyed performances, voices well matched, characters fleshed out as much as one can in farce! If in Venice longer would return for other operas, only well lit ones.

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December 23, 2021

What a fun evening. I went alone to the Barber of Seville on a rainy Sunday evening (plenty of guys selling cheap umbrellas on the street by the way). I was immediately comfortable with the other audience members (about 50 in total). The show took place in three separate rooms meaning the view is different in each one and most people have an opportunity to sit in front at some point. A small cast production with just enough audience interaction to enhance the intimacy without being cheesy.

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August 31, 2021

A great experience! The MusicaPalazzo is a bit hidden but can be found. Unfortunately, there was no introduction, it's good that I had read the plot beforehand, because it's all in Italian. You meet in a somewhat shabby entrance room before entering the richly furnished rooms on the first floor. About 35 listeners, the orchestra consisted of three musicians: a piano with violin and double bass, plus five singers who also did the check-in with Covpass and registration at the beginning. Break was then again in another room with a view of the Grand Canal, then two rooms with baroque charm. The highlight was that the singers performed only a few steps away, creating a very homely and connected atmosphere. My highlight of my stay in Venice!

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August 28, 2021

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