Concerts & opera in Venice ★★

Performing arts in Venice, Venice, Italy (Photo by Benh LIEU SONG)
, Teatro La Fenice, Venice

From opera at La Fenice to concerts in churches and art-filled Renaissance fraternities

One of my most cherished Venice memories occurred late one afternoon in a favorite spot, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco, a medieval confraternity decorated with dark wood and dozens of Tintoretto paintings.

I was wondering vaguely why workers were setting up folding chairs in the main room when the chamber orchestra arrived. As the musicians tuned their instruments, I settled into a carved wooden seat along the wall for an unexpected evening of sublime baroque music.

Perfect.

There are dozens of musical happeneing across Venice each day. These range from daily concerts in elaborate baroque churches by bewigged musicians in period costume—touristy, yes, but it's still great music in a phenomneal setting—to performances in those medeival fraternities to opera at the grand and storied La Fenice opera house.

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Teatro La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

The Venice opera house

 

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Teatro La Fenice
Venice: San Marco

The Venice opera house