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  • Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia
    Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Musica a Palazzo: Il barbiere di Siviglia

Venice, Palazzo Barbarigo‐Minotto — Tiepolo/Alcova

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About the Event

Immerse yourself in The Barber of Seville and add another unforgettable experience to your stay in Venice. In the impressive atmosphere of the Palazzo Barbarigo‐Minotto, Rossini’s most amusing opera interpreted by great singers and musicians, unfolds in candlelight. The Opera is a travelling show and each act is set in a different salon of one of the most fascinating Venetian palaces. The Singers and instrumentalists are performing as they move together with the audience through the halls of the Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto.

Palazzo Barbarigo‐Minotto was built around the fifteenth century as a noble palace overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice. Embellished with beautiful works by famous artists of the eighteenth century, perfectly preserved works by Francesco Fontebasso, Giambattista Tiepolo, Girolamo Mingozzi and the stucco artist Tencalla can still be viewed by admirers and connoisseurs. Originally two separate palaces, the building is now composed of three staterooms facing the Grand Canal and another three facing the Rio Zaguri. The interior includes a 17th century chapel with a Louis XIV‐style floor made of elm wood, with inlays of olive root marquetry. Doors in the same style are banded with walnut and have bronze handles in a vine leaf shape, and floors in the staterooms combine terrazzo and Ventian pastellone techniques.
This noble Venetian building hosts exciting opera performances during the year — Verdi's 'La Traviata' for example — often setting each scene in a different stateroom.

The libretto by Sterbini is based on a comedy of the same name by Beaumarchais. The story takes place in the 17th century, making the salons of the Palazzo Barbarigo‐Minotto with their magnificent baroque furnishings an ideal stage. The opera's two acts are performed in three different rooms: Portego (central hall), Sala Tiepolo, and the Camera da letto (bedroom with alcove).

The artists move through the rooms, creating a theater 'in the round', and practically bringing the audience into the action of Rossini's highly entertaining opera. The elegant costumes by Anthony Knight are inspired by those of the era, and candlelight contributes to the historical ambiance. The splendor of the palazzo's rooms on the Grand Canal can also be appreciated during intermissions.

During intermission, Musica a Palazzo offers you the choice of Prosecco, soft drinks, and fine liqueurs, while you appreciate the magical setting facing the Grand Canal.

The opera is performed by singers accompanied by a string quartet.

In Italian, no surtitles

Practical Information

Duration: Approximately 2 hours, including the interval.

Please note: Guests are not allowed inside the premises before the official opening time (8 pm).

Dress code: Casual elegant

Please note: Musica a Palazzo is an officially registered Cultural Association. Audience members purchase a Membership Card (price as indicated), including personal identification data. This card covers admission to the event. No further charges or tickets are required.

Please note that the shows are not suitable for children under the age of 5.


  • Gioachino Rossini – The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
Program is subject to change

Customer Reviews

4.7 of 5

  • Gary D, USA

    Sep 2022

    Excellent performance by professional musicians in a great Venetian Palazzo.

  • Gabi S, Deutschland

    Dec 2019

    Sehr gut organisiert, wunderbarer Ort, sehr nettes Personal, grandiose Aufführung mit viel Witz und kleinen netten Details, Akteure wunderbar, Die Wechsel der Räume machte die Aufführung sehr kurzweilig und spannend, die Kostüme prächtig, das Kerzenlicht romantisch. Ein gelungener wunderschöner Opernabend in einem Palazzo. Wir freuen uns schon auf Rigoletto in ein paar Tagen.

  • Ann S, United Kingdom

    Dec 2019

    Great experience and fantastic voices

  • Ariadne d, France

    Dec 2019

    Excellent spectacle tant les chanteurs que les musiciens !!!!@

  • Karen M W, USA

    Sep 2019

    This was my first opera and so glad I chose this as my first! The venue in Venice was beautiful and the actors and musicians gave great performances! I would definitely recommend it.

  • Claudia L, Colombia

    Sep 2019

    A great spectacle. Fun, gracious, top quality singers and musicians!!!! Beautiful place and setting.

  • Sandra A, Australia

    Aug 2019

    This was a wonderful way to end our visit to Venice. It was a fabulous performance and a unique experience in the palace. I recommend that anyone attending try to get the front row though as it is difficult to see unless you are lucky enough to be in the front.

  • Jenny B, Australia

    Jul 2019

    Superb singers….beautiful setting. A wonderful performance and a most magical evening.

  • Patricia B, USA

    Jun 2019

    What a fun night!! Great music excellently performed in a unique setting — what could be better! Thank you to all those involved in this presentation. You can't go to Venice and not hear opera.

  • Jean jacques B, France

    May 2019

    Un concept musical original, extraordinaire, une vision de l'opéra intimiste qui m'a enchanté, de plus dans un cadre magnifique. Les artistes, musiciens et chanteurs m'ont convaincu. Une merveilleuse soirée.

  • Nathalie K, France

    Apr 2019

    Nous avons adoré cet opéra joué dans un palais en petit comité.

  • Klaus U, Deutschland

    Mar 2019

    Phantastic singers and the atmosphere of the palace

  • Alexander K, USA

    Feb 2019

    Such an exciting performance! A top 5 opera experience in my life.

  • Matthias W, Deutschland

    Feb 2019

    Extrem abgestecktes Orchester, sehr gute Musiker, SängerInnen, schönes Gesamterlebnis.

  • Bertrand B, France

    Feb 2019

    Absolument incroyable. Haut niveau musical. L endroit est très beau (bien que difficile à trouver même avec un gps). La proximité avec les acteurs rajoute du charme. J' y étais il y a une heure et mon esprit y est encore. Ne vous posez pas la question, foncez!!!!!! PS: le barbier de Séville.

  • Kate G, Italy

    Jan 2019

    Fantastic performance by all actors, actresses and musicians. Highly recommended!

  • Christian R, France

    Jan 2019

    Excellent le barbier de seville avec 3 musiciens au top et des interpretes au top aussi. Musicalpalazzo cest un voyage au 18eme coeur d un palace venitien avec des interpretes qui chantent et jouent au milieu des spectateurs…

  • Irene S, USA

    Dec 2018

    Great! We really enjoyed the performance!

  • Keith H, Deutschland

    Dec 2018

    Excellent !!!!!

  • Laurent O, France

    Dec 2018

    Superbe moment avec des artistes talentueux et investis! Mise en scène originale et très « fraîche » accessible à tout le monde !Bravo

  • Philippe M, France

    Nov 2018

    Enthousiasmant, plein d'humour, grande qualité au niveau du chant et un jeu d'acteurs très fin.

  • Johannes M, Deutschland

    Nov 2018

    eine grandiose Aufführung, super Sänger, die Oper wurde toll gleichzeitig als Schauspiel inszeniert. Die Stimmung in den drei Räumen des Palazzo war ganz hervorragend. dieser Abend war ein "Ganzkörper‐Erlebnis"

  • CECILE H, France

    Oct 2014

    Un moment inoubliable. Nous avons passé une délicieuse soirée.

  • Pierrette Brigitte B, France

    Jan 2014

    J'avais fait la surprise de ce spectacle à mon mari : soirée totalement magique et magnifique ! Nous n'avions jamais assisté à ce genre de spectacle situé dans un splendide palais de la sérénissime, au bord du grand canal, avec collation à l'entracte (comprise dans le prix), totalement immergés dans l'ambiance grâce à l'interprétation magistrale des chanteurs et des musiciens qui nous prenaient à partie, nous faisant naviguer avec eux en 3 tableaux et 3 pièces du palais (+ celle de la collation) et tout ça en petit comité. Nous en garderons un souvenir impérissable !!

  • werner l.,

    Nov 2012

    Ungewöhnliches Inszenierungskonzept, das das turbulente Geschehen musikalisch und szenisch allerdings stark reduziert bzw. verkürzt: Nur 3 Streicher + 1 Klavier/Flügel, keine Bläser o. Schlaginstrumente; die Handlung wurde extrem verkürzt + damit die Aufführungszeit. Die Unterscheidung in zwei Preis‐Kategorien ist nicht gerechtfertigt -- die freie Sitzwahl und die geringe Größe der Veranstaltungsräume konterkariert das  — auch auf Grund des Wechsels der Aufführungsräume (statt Bühnenbildwechsel) durch das Publikum. Urteil: sehr frugal und etwas hausgemacht ….Leistung der Musiker aber gut + der Sänger/in  — (mit Ausnahme Graf Almavivas) überzeugend.


    Nov 2012

    un moment enjoué, une représentation de qualité, un plaisir de jouer que vous avez su transmettre, une oeuvre que vous avez réussi à faire vivre dans une certaine modernité : dans le ton et dans l'espace.

  • Christian H.,

    Nov 2012


  • Julian G.,

    Oct 2012

    Performers — excellent, both acting and musically. Moving from one room to another interesting but not organized, so a scrum. Generally, a most enjoyable experience, thankyou,, Julian Gardner

  • David G., Ecuador

    Oct 2012

    We loved it! The music was great, the changing of the rooms was fun, and the singers had a great sense of humor. We laughed a lot. In short, it was a terrific evening.


    Oct 2012

    soirée inoubliable, acteurs et musiciens au top, cadre et ambiance au top…

  • Thomas T.,

    Sep 2012

    We enjoyed the performance as a thoroughly unique experience. However, we thought that we had purchased special category A seats for the event only to find out that usch seats did not exist. The organisers said that all seats had the same value eur 60.00 which is what we paid to you. The only bad feeling we had was that we did not get thespecial seats we expected to have. If we, however, did pay an overprice (we recall you had two price categories) we would appreciate a refund.

  • Richard F., United Kingdom

    Sep 2012

    We really enjoyed the performance; it was so unusual and worked very well in this natural setting. The actors interacted with the audience, which was fun; and the Prosecco in the interval was a nice touch. Only criticisms would be that the heat, especially where you had to queue before the start, and the fact that the lighting was mainly inadequate to read the libretto (in English), which was otherwise very helpful.

  • Livia N., Austria

    Sep 2012

    Die Vorstellung war wunderbar, die Sänger sind perfektund der kleine Orchester ist unglaublich professionell. Es war ein Erlebnis

  • Josyane D., France

    Sep 2012

    original dans sa forme, de qualité dans sa réalisation, que du bonheur…

  • Ralf S., Germany

    Sep 2012

    sehr gut, tolle Musiker, sehr gute Sänger, top Ambiente (von innen)

  • Florence B., France

    Aug 2012

    soirée très agréable, ambiance chaleureuse, représentation très réussie

  • Mohamed A., Kuwait

    Jul 2012

    We liked the idea we're changing rooms and the actors interacting with the crowds, if there was any disadvantage it would be we can't reserve our seats on the net

  • Christine F., France

    Jul 2012

    Très bien et très bonne interprétation.

  • Esther M., Canada

    Jul 2012

    We loved it! The musicians and singers were excellent.

  • Simon O., United Kingdom

    Jun 2012

    On behalf of Simon and Jane Oldrey, the evening was the highlight of their week excursion to Venice

  • Andreas D., Germany

    Jun 2012

    hat richtig Spaß gemacht

  • Margaretta A., United States

    Jun 2012

    So up close and personal!

  • Wolfgang H., Germany

    May 2012

    sehr gut, leicht und das Publikum wurde einbezogen

  • Ingrid S., Austria

    May 2012

    War ein toller abend

  • Tobias L., Germany

    May 2012

    Es war Spitzenmäßig , kein großes Opernhaus aber mit 60 Leuten in einem historischen Palst war es ein absoluter Genuß von den 5 Darstellern und 4 Musikern in 3 verschiedenen Räumen dises einzigartige Erlebniss genießen zu dürfen , ich kann dies nur jedem der wie wir die Individuellen Ecken Venedigs sucht weiterempfehlen

  • Max B., Germany

    Apr 2012

    Sehr sympathisch, hat Spass gemacht

  • Michel B., France

    Apr 2012

    L'adaptation est réussie et l'interprétation excellente. Cependant il est dommage que la non présence de Basilio nous prive de chapitre "la calomnie"

  • Eric B., France

    Apr 2012

    l'intimité du lieu et la proximité avec les artiste était une expérience fort apprécialble

  • Callie G., United Kingdom

    Apr 2012

    This was a brilliant performance. The singers made us feel involved. It was like we were part of the opera.

  • AGATHE H., France

    Feb 2012

    c'était genial d'etre aussi proche des interprètes tout simplement super!!!

  • MATTEO C., Italy

    Feb 2012

    ottimo da consigliare a tutti anche per chi non conosce l'opera, molto coinvolgente gli attori bravissimi e la struttura molto particolare

  • Francis P., France

    Feb 2012

    Magnifique dans ce Palais

  • Monika K., Germany

    Jan 2012

    Alles hat geklappt. Wir haben den Palazzo ohne Probleme gefunden. Die Oper war wohl etwas gekürzt worden, das Orchester verkleinert (Violine, Viola, Cello und Klavier). Es war eine Aufführung auf Tuchfühlung. Wir haben es genossen und fanden die Wanderungen von einem Zimmer ins andere ganz lustig. Musikalisch muss man schon Abstriche machen, obwohl die Stimmen nicht schlecht waren. Alles in allem ein schöner Abend, wenn auch 54,- € nicht gerade zu wenig waren.

  • cecile r., France

    Jan 2012


  • Karin G., Germany

    Dec 2011

    Sehr charmante Art eine Oper zu geniessen. Die Aufführung am 21.12.2011 lebt durch die hervorragenden Protagonisten, Barbiere, Almavia, Dr. Bartolo und Rosina und ihrem komödiantischen Talent. Ein wunderbarer Abend!

  • María del Carmen M., Spain

    Nov 2011

    Ha sido muy interesante. La ubicacion en n palacio veneciano, la, ambientacion, y curioso que cada acto se hiciese en una habitacion del palacio

  • Jean‐Vincent L., Switzerland

    Nov 2011

    Being so close to the singers is a very good way to listen to an opera.

  • Bernard D., France

    Nov 2011

    ausgezeichnet !

  • Ursula K., Germany

    Nov 2011


  • Monika A., Austria

    Nov 2011

    It was a great evening, actors and palazzo perfect

  • Emmanuel H., France

    Oct 2011

    Pour les melomanes avertis, fuyez car même si les voix sont belles les aigus et la technicite que requiert cet opera ne sont pas totalement maitrises. Un tres bon jeu d'acteur, un joli cadre (palais prive) et une interraction avec le public font que vous passerez (quand même) un tres bon moment.

  • nathalie b., France

    Oct 2011


  • Alan G., Australia

    Oct 2011

    Thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable experience. A must for any tourist to Venice

  • Yves C., France

    Oct 2011

    Spectacle de très grande qualité

  • nathalie m., France

    Sep 2011

    Décadent ,burlesque,un vrai régal !!!!

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