Music in Venice: Concerts and Opera

Concert and Opera links to Venice orchestras and theatres

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A commented selection of concert and opera links to Venice orchestras and theatres. Antonio Vivaldi, who lived in Venice for many years, composed over 60 works there and the city is also the place where many famous Italian operas, especially by Verdi, had their premières:

  • The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland (Monteverdi, 1640) Teatro S. Cassiano
  • The Coronation of Poppaea (Monteverdi, 1642) Teatro SS. Giovanni e Paolo
  • Agrippina (Handel, 26.12.1709) Teatru S. Giovanni Grisostomo
  • Tancredi (Rossini, 6.2.1813) Teatro La Fenice
  • Ernani (Verdi, 9.3.1844) Teatro La Fenice
  • Attila (Verdi, 17.3.1846) Teatro La Fenice
  • Rigoletto (Verdi, 11.3.1881) Teatro La Fenice
  • La Traviata (Verdi, 6.3.1853) Teatro La Fenice
  • Simon Boccanegra (Verdi, 12.4.1847) Teatro La Fenice

Venice Orchestral events and booking from

Classical Concerts in Venice Follow Me on Pinterest A good range of performances and you can book tickets online; all tickets and gift vouchers will be sent to your email-address. Many performances, including evenings of early and baroque music, take place in the historic halls and churches of Venice. They also sell tickets to a lot of the performances listed below. Classictic operate throughout Europe, are reliable and are our affiliate partners.

Teatro La Fenice
Well-put-together website with the schedule of symphonic and operatic performances at Venice’s now rebuilt opera house including on-line ticket purchasing. To get to the English version of the site, click the rather difficult to see union jack flag to the right below the Flash slideshow.

Collegium Ducale
Venetian Baroque & Lyric repertoire of the Eighteenth Century.
You can buy tickets online here for Santa Maria Formosa and Palazo delle Prigioni:
For Santa Maria Formosa  | For Palazzo delle Prigioni  

Venezia Suona
Every year in July as part of the European Fête de la Musique day, the city of Venice organises free concerts in all of its squares. From rock to folk, classical and jazz, the whole of the city is filled with music. The site is in italian, but the photos are well worthwhile.

La musica di Vivaldi nella sua Chiesa
As you might imagine, this orchestra plays Vivaldi! The "Church of Vivaldi in Venice" has been temporarily moved to a fifteenth-century venetian palace 5 minutes from the Ca d’Oro water bus stop.

Conservatorio Benedetto Marcello(in italian)
Major Music Conservatory in Campo S.Stefano. Often has concerts or organizes them.

Gruppo Cameristico Interpreti Veneziani
For the last 17 years, the Interpreti Veneziani have performed their own season consisting of more than 200 concerts at Venice’s San Vidal Church (concerts start at 9 pm).
You can buy tickets online here.

Arena di Verona
Season program and on-line ticket purchasing for the opera festival in Verona.

Calendar of Current Musical Performances in Venice
Covers the current two week period. Check it when you’re about to go, or just go to the Classictic site and look at their Venice performances.

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