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.
Choose from the following opera performances to suit your tastes and schedule:
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi - Mondays, Tuesday,Thursdays and Saturdays
Melodrama in three acts, with a libretto by F. M. Piave
The Barber of Seville by Gioacchino Rossini - Wednesdays and Sundays
Light-hearted melodrama in two acts, with a libretto by C. Sterbini
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi - Fridays
Opera in three acts, with a libretto by F. M. Piave