Wine, Opera & Ballet
Imagine an entertainment that transports you back to the magical times of a Venetian masked ball. That is the experience offered by Musica in Maschera in the intimate surroundings of the beautifully restored Serra dei Giardini in Venice.
Wine, Opera & Ballet is performed in the Serra’s Winter Garden by a soprano, harpist and dancer. All are dressed in eighteenth century costumes, authentic in every detail, and masks, which add that little bit of mystery to the music. To whet your appetite further, the evening includes a glass of wine and finger food.
Masquerades celebrate a unique aspect of Venetian culture. When the city was one of the great early centres of world trade, its citizens enjoyed a level of prosperity the like of which had not been seen elsewhere in Europe. The wearing of masks was ubiquitous: disguising one’s identity ensured that everyone was treated as an equal. But it also created a more indolent society driven by the pursuit of pleasure.
Musica in Maschera draws its selections from across the repertoire; Wine, Opera & Ballet is an opportunity to rekindle one’s love for a forgotten aria or discover a musical gem for the very first time.
These are just a few of the highlights from the programme: the unmistakeably Italian ‘Quando m’en vo’ soletta’ (also known as ‘Musetta’s Waltz’) from Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème; Giuseppe Verdi’s lament for nationhood, ‘Va, pensiero’, from his opera Nabucco; and Gioachino Rossini’s glorious ‘La Danza’, a Neapolitan Tarantella from the composer’s song cycle, ‘Les soirées musicales’.
Let Wine, Opera & Ballet be the perfect companion for your stay in Venice.