Venice Operas and Classical Music in Historical Church Settings:
Venice is a city that makes good use of its magnificent churches and scuole as concert halls. Many of the churches and scuole were once decorated by famous artists like Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Palma il Giovane so apart from enjoying great opera and classical musical works, there’s the opportunity to admire some famous artworks or listen to Baroque music in a genuine Baroque Venice setting.
Many of these venues host concerts the whole year through whereas others are used seasonally. However, whether you’re looking to enjoy Vivaldi, Mozart. Puccini, Verdi, etc. there’s bound to be a concert on somewhere. Venice is of course Vivaldi’s home town so this is a ideal place to enjoy Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.
The following Venice churches and Scuole Grande are venues for regular opera and classical concert performances.
|Venice Church and Scuola Grande
|Ateneo di San Basso
Built in 1076, Ateneo di San Basso is believed to be one of the oldest churches in Venice. It went through different uses and reverted to being a church again in 1953.
Ateneo di San Basso is located on Piazza San Marco and Vivaldi and Mozart concerts are held here throughout the year.
|Chiesa di San Giacometto
The first church building that stood on this site is believed to have been founded in the 5th century, making this the oldest church location in Venice. The current building is from the 11th – 12th century and its most striking features are the 24-hour clock and the original Gothic portico.
Various concerts are held here throughout the year.
|Chiesa di San Vidal
The Church of San Vidal was founded in 1084 but it has gone through a few reconstructions. In the late 17th century, there were even plans to turn it into a grandiose monument to the Doge Morosini.
|Chiesa di Santa Maria Formosa
Designed by Renaissance architect Mauro Codussi in 1492, it took over a century before the church achieved its current structure. Inside is Palma il Vecchio’s portrayal of a handsome and dignified figure of St Barbara which is meant to glorify Venice’s ideal of female beauty.
|Scuola Grande dei Carmini
Scuola Grande dei Carmini is the headquarters of the Carmelite confraternity. Like the other scuole, Scuola Grande dei Carmini was established to provide charitable works. In 1740 Tiepolo was commissioned to decorate the ceilings of the building. The Carmelites were so impressed by the nine ceilings that he produced that he was made an honorary member of the brotherhood.
|Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista
San Giovanni Evangelista is known for its magnificent artworks which were executed by artists like Tintoretto, Tiepolo and Palma il Giovane. It is the second oldest of the six original Scuole Grande in Venice.
|Scuola Grande di San Teodoro
Scuola San Teodoro was founded in 1258 when the confraternity decided to settle in the San Salvador church. The building was converted for cultural events in 1960.