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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
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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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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. 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)

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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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Certainly a very different experience to a normal opera, with only a cast of three on Verdi’s La Traviata it is a shorter version. Overall though this doesn’t distract from some very great performances & it’s literally with the cast a few feet from you in some of the rooms. Definitely I will go again in my next visit, hopefully to catch Rigoletto

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September 16, 2022

Fantastic setting and experience, you really feel the power and emotion of the story being told as you are so close to the performers. It was mine and my wife's first operatic experience and we loved it. I think this should be on your must do list of things to do in Venice. Bravo :-)

September 14, 2022

A special experience!! It was the first evening of our trip to Venice and I have to say: the perfect mood. A palazzo and an opera - performed at a very good level - in an almost intimate atmosphere. You feel like you are on a journey through time. After each act you change rooms. It's wonderful to see how the battle for the best places begins anew every time. The opera was in Italian, although I chose English when booking. Fortunately - because Rigoletto simply sounds best in the original. You should know the plot or read about it. Conclusion: Absolutely recommendable for opera fans.

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August 31, 2022

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