Musica a Palazzo

Schedule and Tickets

Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto, Venice
2020 Tickets and Calendar of Events

Schedule will be updated when theaters resume regular hours

Facing the Canal Grande, this splendid noble XV century palace was enriched by famous artists, including G.B.Tiepolo, Fontebasso, Mingozzi, Carpoforo, Mazzetti and Tencalla. The performances take place in several rooms of the palace. Reviving the tradition of the "Salotto Musicale" from the late 1800’s, this approach revolves around the interaction between the artists, the musicians and the public. This cancels distance and gives spectators the feeling of living Opera from the ‘inside’. This sensation is amplified by the 360 degree use of the stage.

barbiere_di_siviglia_palazzo_barbarigo_minotto_veniceIl Barbiere di Siviglia
Every Wednesday and Sunday at 8:30PM
The Barber of Seville is a lyric opera by Gioacchino Rossini with libretto by Sterbini, based on a comedy of the same name by Beaumarchais.
The action takes place in the 17th century, and therefore the salons of the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto are an ideal stage, enriched and complemented by magnificent baroque furnishings. The opera’s two acts are performed in three different rooms:  Portego (central hall,) Sala Tiepolo, and the Camera da letto (bedroom with alcove) and the splendor of the rooms facing the Grand Canal can be appreciated during intermissions. The architectonic structure of the palazzo, with its numerous doors of precious wood, allows the artists to move about, utilizing the scenic space “in the round” so that the audience can fully participate in Rossini’s most amusing opera. The surroundings are illuminated by candlelight, and the elegant costumes, designed by Anthony Knight and made of precious fabrics, are inspired by those of the era.  The exhilarating direction combines with the vocal and instrumental virtuosity of the performers to provide the spectators an evening of sparkling pleasure.

La Traviata
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 8:30PM
The staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has strong ties to Venice ,where it was performed for the first time at the Gran Teatro La Fenice on March 6, 1853.  “Musica a Palazzo” follows the “directions for contemporaneity” requested by Verdi at the first performance (which caused a scandal by its brazen realism.)  The first act begins in the Portego (central hall) where the spectators are astonished to realize that they themselves are playing the role of the guests of Violetta (Traviata) as she drinks to their health and, together with them, sees Alfredo again.
The second act takes place in the Sala Tiepolo, whose beauty and intimacy are the perfect setting in which to appreciate the subtlety of the “interior dialogue” of the character and to be moved by her conflicts. The drama of Violetta’s illness and death is consummated in the Camera da letto (bedroom with alcove,) and not even the extraordinary 18th-century stuccos can divert attention from the emotional intensity of the music: the voices of the singers, in close intimacy, resonate in the heart and soul.


Every Friday at 8:30PM
Rigoletto is an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi, on a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It was first performed at La Fenice Theatre in Venice on March 11th, 1851.  It is an intense drama of passion, betrayal, filial love and revenge. The core theme of this tragedy is the curse that triggers off the unstoppable and tragic fall of Rigoletto: “The whole subject is in that curse, that becomes even moral” (G. Verdi).The first act of the opera is set in Tiepolo’s Room, where Anthony Knight’s wonderful costumes, inspired by 18th century styles, perfectly espouse the sumptuous baroque furniture of the Palace. Rigoletto’s story develops through the halls of the Palace where candle lights create the backlighting effects of a Caravaggio painting, exalting the drama of the Opera.