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.
See what’s on at Ateneo di San Basso and book concerts online Here.
|Santa Maria della Pietà
Santa Maria della Pietà is affiliated with the Ospedale della Pietà at which Antonio Vivaldi taught. As such, it is also called the Vivaldi Church. Designed by Giorgio Massari, it was built between 1745 and 1760. Today Santa Maria della Pietà is frequently used as a venue for classical concerts.
See what’s on at Santa Mara della Pietà and book concerts online Here.
|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.
See what’s on at Chiesa di San Vidal and book classical concerts online Here.
|Basilica SS. Giovanni e Paolo
Known as San Zanipolo in Venetian, the Basillica SS. Giovanni e Paolo is one of the largest churches in the city. It was the church used for funeral services of all Venice doges after the 15th century, and twenty-five doges are buried in this church.
See what’s on at the Basilica SS Giovanni e Paolo and book classical concerts online Here.
|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.
See what’s on at Scuola Grande dei Carmini and book classical concerts online Here.
|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.
See what’s on at Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista and book classical performances online Here.
|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.
See what’s on at Scuola Grande di San Teodoro and book concerts online Here.