by Giuseppe Verdi
The staging of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata has strong ties to Venice ,where it was performed for the first time at the Gran Teatro La Fenice on March 6, 1853. “Musica a Palazzo” follows the “directions for contemporaneity” requested by Verdi at the first performance (which caused a scandal by its brazen realism). The first act begins in the Portego (central hall) where the spectators are astonished to realize that they themselves are playing the role of the guests of Violetta (Traviata) as she drinks to their health and, together with them, sees Alfredo again. The second act takes place in the Sala Tiepolo, whose beauty and intimacy are the perfect setting in which to appreciate the subtlety of the “interior dialogue” of the character and to be moved by her conflicts. The drama of Violetta’s illness and death is consummated in the Camera da letto (bedroom with alcove), and not even the extraordinary 18th-century stuccos can divert attention from the emotional intensity of the music: the voices of the singers, in close intimacy, resonate in the heart and soul.
During the intermission, in the unique setting of the rooms that overlook the Grand Canal, guests can enjoy free high-quality Prosecco, soft drinks and liqueurs offered to them.
The recommended dress code for Musica a Palazzo is evening casual (men should wear long trousers and closed shoes).