• Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Experience an evening of opera in Venice, surrounded by the historical elegance of a 15th-century palace. The singers and musicians of the Musica a Palazzo ensemble perform classics of Italian opera within the ornate salons of Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. Move from room to room along with the performers and soak up the drama of epics like 'La Traviata' and 'Rigoletto' in a truly intimate environment.

Highlights

  • Ticket to a 2-hour evening operatic performance by Musica a Palazzo in Venice
  • Experience a traveling opera show at the 15th-century Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto
  • Move from salon to salon with each new scene or act
  • Choose from La Traviata, Rigoletto, or The Barber of Seville performance
  • A glass of Prosecco, wine, soda, or fruit juice is included during intermission

What You Can Expect

Musica a Palazzo 'Traveling Opera' Performance in Venice

Witness an enchanting opera in an intimate palazzo setting

The renowned performers of Musica a Palazzo carry on the historic tradition of traveling opera with unique, intimate performances in the luxurious surroundings of Venice’s Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. The elegant salons of this 15th-century palace have been restored to their original splendor and provide a historic backdrop for scenes from Italian operatic classics. Choose from adapted versions of The Barber of Seville, La Traviata or Rigoletto (see Itinerary below for details).

On the night of the performance, make your way to the historic palazzo in central Venice, which overlooks the Grand Canal. Upon arrival, you’ll have the option to purchase a libretto to read a translation of the words in your selected opera. Then, take your seat among the small audience and admire the ornate surroundings and period furnishings bathed in candlelight. When the show begins, you’ll be immersed in the sights and sounds of arias, duets, and live accompaniment as the performers enact scenes just feet or meters from where you sit.

Instead of a traditional set change, you will get up and move to a different salon along with the ensemble with each new scene or act. This lends an interactive element to the show and allows you to explore several different salons. Toast your evening out with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, juice, or soda during one of two brief intermissions. At the end of the 2-hour experience, you’ll have a chance to buy a CD or DVD of the opera.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Maliza J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Unique experience if you appreciate non traditional settings. Intimate setting. Highly recommend.

Debra D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

This is a must see private show. We absolutely loved it and loved the exclusivity of it. The performers were top knotch and so talented. Highly recommend!!!

Tracy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

The Barber of Seville was very entertaining. The performers looked like they thoroughly enjoyed entertaining us, engaging the audience which was nice and small. The venue was very quaint and I loved being able to move throughout rooms of the beautiful building. I really enjoyed the musicians as well, they were very talented and professional and the pianist was very animated and entertaining. I highly recommend this style of opera.

Debbie F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

I pre-booked through Viator to see La Traviata and only wish I'd booked earlier so I might have also seen The Barber of Seville and Rigoletta My favourite opera on other nights!

It proved a little tricky to say the leastto find, so do make sure you suss out the back streets in advance if possible. Even the locals and bar staff didn't know the address. However, once there we were greeted by lovely hosts. It was a wonderful venue with professional, attentive staff and excellent customer consideration. The guide book is handy to have for those not familiar with the opera story lines and translation notes make it good value at 5 euros.

Anyway, to the evening, and what a delightful, joyous evening is was for me.
I've been to the opera many times but LOVED the intimacy and setting of this venue. It is a beautiful building. Moving room to room was enchanting and worked well, making it more interactive and intimate. But of course, the main thing was the performances. And WHAT PERFORMANCES they were! In particular, Natalia Roman, Soprano, as Violetta was sublime and moved me to tears several times. I would say world class.

If you enjoy opera you will love an evening at Musica A Palazzo. If you're not acquainted with opera, expect to be converted. An absolute joy to attend and without doubt one of the highlights of my trip to Venice.

Linda H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This is an event not to be missed! To move from 1 beautiful room to another in this palace, sitting there, so close to the actors and musicians was truly thrilling, almost magical! Seeing an opera in such an intimate setting makes it come alive, and more understandable, in my case, Rigoletto. I would recommend reading a bi-lingual libretto in advance. A great experience!
One HUGE problem was finding this place in freezing cold, rainy weather, in the dark of night!! NO REAL ADDRESS IS GIVEN and NO ONE KNOWS WHERE THIS PALACE IS! Viator, please give a specific address and perhaps clear directions for locating it, for example, the closest vaporetto stop, visible cross roads and closest bridges.

Linda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This is the second time we've attended Musica a Palazzo in Venice and it's an up-front-and-personal experience that should not be missed. We brought along a friend who is not an opera fan, but even she was enchanted by the beauty of the palace and the production.

victoria b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely wonderful! Not an opera fan, or at least I didn't think I was! So entertaining! Incredible musicians and singers. Definitely a lifetime experience! Actors having fun with the musicians and audience adds to the comedy, would recommend to everyone!

Mary S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

In the early days of opera, performances were presumably given in the private homes of rich patrons. Elaborate staging came later. So the Musica a Palazzo style has authenticity as well as vitality, hilarity in the case of the Barber of Seville anyway and a high standard of acting and musicianship. Being so close to the 5-person cast and 4-piece orchestra made the experience very different from sitting in the middle of the stalls in a theatre. It's expensive, but we thought it was worth it. After trying to think of a reason to knock off a star we ended up giving it the full five.

Nancy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Loved it. Great way to be introduced to Opera.

Kaye K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This was an excellent experience and a very intimate performance which moved through 3 rooms of this 15th Century Palazzo with the intermission with complimentary prosecco in the salon facing the grand canal. All of the La Traviata performers were amazing. Go if you get the opportunity!

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