A Chance to be a part of Verdi's La Traviata at a Venice Palazzo
If you love Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, here’s a chance to be a part of the opera at the Palazzo Barbarigo-Minotto in Venice, a splendid 15th century palace facing the Grand Canal.
At the “Musica a Palazzo: La Traviata”, the palace is not decorated like a theatre, but instead the performers and audience move from room to room for the different scenes – the first act starts in the central hall and the audience are seated where Violetta’s party guests sit.
There are no stage lights or special effects and instead the opera relies on the palace’s natural settings, with candle lights and table lamps creating the intimate atmosphere. The performances also rely very much on interaction with the audience. Although a contemporary interpretation, the production is said to closely mirror Verdi’s own thoughts on dramatic opera.
When it comes to operas, I tend to like the traditional, but attending Verdi’s La Traviata in a Venetian palazzo must be quite an experience. After all, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has strong connections with Venice where it premiered on March 6, 1853 at the Gran Teatro La Fenice.