The Opera is a travelling show and each act is set in a different hall of one of the most fascinating Venetian palaces: Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto. This is how the Musica a Palazzo ensemble conceives the “Chamber Opera”: the traditional setting of Opera in the theatre is replaced by a stage that fits in perfectly with the scenery: every act takes an place in a different hall of the palace, the magnificent baroque furnishings are a natural complement to the set design. The originality of the direction is represented by the interaction between the singers, the instrumentalists and the audience, breaking down any kind of barrier between them and giving the viewer the thrill of experiencing the Opera from within.
The mise en scène of ‘La Traviata’ by Giuseppe Verdi has strong links with Venice: it was first performed at the Gran Teatro La Fenice on March 6th 1853. Musica a Palazzo adheres to the ‘indications for contemporaneity’ requested by Verdi for the first performance (which caused a scandal due to its brazen realism). The first act begins in the Portego (central hall) and the spectators will realise with amazement that they are actually playing the role of the Violetta’s guests (Traviata): she drinks a toast with them and among these she will meet Alfredo. The second act is staged in the Sala Tiepolo, the beauty and privacy are the perfect setting in which to appreciate the subtlety of the character’s ‘inner speech’ and to be moved by her vicissitudes. The drama of Violetta’s illness and death takes place in the bedroom with an alcove where not even the extraordinary beauty of the 18th-century stuccoes are able to distract the spectator from the emotional intensity of the song: the voices of the performers that are so intimately close, will tug at your heart strings.
Melodramma in three acts Music by Giuseppe Verdi Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
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