Venice: Traveling Opera in a Historic Palace on Grand Canal

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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

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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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    •  There are 30 steps to climb in order to reach the halls where the concert takes place with no elevator
    • 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
    • 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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    4.9 /5

    based on 91 reviews

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    It was a first for us. Opera is not something we listen to, but in this intimate context, in Venice, it was great. The welcome is very pleasant, the musicians and singers very professional. The immersion is total, being close to the different players. There were 4 of us and we all loved this experience: welcome, duration, location, proseco intermission, quality of services. To do and / or redo without hesitation.

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    January 10, 2020

    Voices were amazing.

    Definitely different to move from room to room. It was very warm inside the theatre. I was surprised some people were dressed and some showed up in shorts and tee shirts with sweat pants. I think they should state this is not and should not be a causal experience if the musicians want to be taken more seriously. The pianist was truly amazing and very entertaining. We found ourselves watching him most of the time. Truly generous with the Prosecco.

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    August 3, 2019


    This is the way to experience opera! Up close and personal and at a stunning palazzo in Venice. Both the musicians and the performers were all excellent, I loved the fact you could pick a seat anywhere in the 3 rooms each time, the first time I sat only 50 cm from Violetta - it was magical!

    July 24, 2019

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