• 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

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!

olliespompey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Loved it. Such an atmospheric place to listen to opera - and the the whole production was excellent

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

What a fantastic event! In a small venue, with the audience sitting in the same room of the mansion during the show....moved from room to room and enjoyed the show so much! Would love to see another show this way!

Angela C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This is without a doubt one of the best things to do in Venice. Highly entertaining and in a beautiful venue. This was my husband's first opera - ever - and now he is hooked. This is opera in a small setting so even novices will get the storyline and nuances. We saw the Barber of Seville performance. Truly outstanding.

runnergirl

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

In the better late than never category, this was our favorite activity we did in Venice in September 2015 we saw The Barber of Seville . We love opera, and what a great experience to see one in a 15th century palazzo! Of course, there are no supertitles, but they do give you a booklet with the translation. We are thus glad we had seen this particular opera before, but with the translation and the overview in the booklet, combined with the singers and being so close to them to get the facial expressions and emotions, it was easy to follow. The only downside is the signage to get there - we are glad we left enough time to find it before we had dinner. We then found a nice restaurant nearby so we could relax, knowing that we had enough time to get back to the venue and not get lost. The palazzo is down a narrow alley on the right after you find the correct narrow canal. But so so worth it to go!

glenncostello

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Best experience, just like going back in time and sitting in the ball room of a Palace and watching a professional performance and then changing rooms for the next act and so on, just amazing.

Sean T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

It was a great performance, The actors all were wonderful. Some people say it was hard locate the venue but it is actually very easy to find. Definitely we will go again!!!

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