The halls of the Museo Correr in St. Mark’s Square play host to the very first exhibit dedicated to Andrea Schiavone, a Master of the Venetian Cinquecento. 80 of the artist’s works, including paintings, drawings and prints, exhibited alongside 60 masterpieces by great contemporary artists. Works from the Royal Collection of Elisabeth II, the Kunsthistoriches Museum and Vienna’s Albertina Museum, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb, the Gamdälde Galerie of Dresden, the Louvre Museum in Paris and the British Museum in London.
Venice is well worth the trip just to attend an opera Made in Italy at the Teatro la Fenice. April is the month of La Traviata, a drama by Giuseppe Verdi adapted from La Dame aux Camelias by Alexandre Dumas fils. A fashionable contemporary setting, directed by Canadian Robert Carson, with the orchestra and choir of the Teatro La Fenice. Francesca Dotto is Violetta Valéry, Alfredo is Ismael Jordi or Leonardo Cortellazzi, and Giorgio Germont is Luca Grassi. The show is an enjoyable experience for everyone, thanks to the Italian and English surtitles.
Festa della Sensa – The Marriage of the Sea
For over one thousand years, Venice has celebrated the anniversary of the marriage of the sea. A colorful procession of row boats invades St. Mark’s Basin behind the Serenissima, the vessel that hosts the city’s mayor and authorities. In a solemn ceremony, the mayor throws into the waters of the lagoon the ring that symbolizes fidelity to the sea. The origin of this ceremony is ancient and still today marks a great feast for Venice, with regatas of row boats, religious ceremonies and traditional arts and craft markets.
Challenge Venice – Fun Charity Relay
For athletes and fans, don’t miss the first edition of Challenge Venice, the international triathlon race held in the spectacular setting of Venice and its garden park. A swimming, cycling and running competition held in Venice and various villas and castles of Veneto. An authentic feast for triathletes and solidarity, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the 30 teams participating in the event.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia
“Bravo, bravissimo! Bravo! Fortunatissimo per verità!” …who among us is not familiar with the qualities of Figaro, the likeable rogue and main character of the opera buffa by Gioacchino Rossini. An unforgettable experience in the historic setting of the Teatro La Fenice, Venice’s temple to opera. Elegant dress code required, even for the afternoon showing. Italian and English surtitles, orchestra and choir of the Teatro La Fenice. Julian Kim and Davide Luciano alternate in the role of Figaro.
Aldo Manuzio, the Renaissance in Venice
500 years after his death, Venice celebrates Aldo Manuzio, the first modern editor. A cultured humanist and inventor of the book as we know it today, Manuzio helped turn Venice into the printing capital of the world. His work allowed for the circulation of Greek and Latin texts, spreading classical figurative culture between artists and Venetian patrons. In addition to priceless printed works, including the Aristotle of 1496, the exhibit showcases masterpieces by Giorgione, Carpaccio, Giovanni Bellini, Cima da Conegliano, Titian and Lorenzo Lotto.
The porcelain works of Geminiano Cozzi
The most frivolous of arts – light, ductile and brilliant – and ideally representing the Rococo spirit of 18th century Venice, porcelain ceramics come alive at this year’s spring/summer exhibition at Ca’ Rezzonico. For the first time ever, over 600 works on display in Venice (including some never exhibited before) belonging to public collections from around the world, and all from the famous ceramics works of Geminiano Cozzi (1728 – 1798).
Feast of the Redeemer
“The famous night” of the Redeemer is perhaps the most beautiful feast celebrated in Venice. Since 1577, on the second Sunday in July, the city pays homage to the Redeemer for the end of the terrible plague, with a votive pontoon bridge of boats connecting the Zattere to the Giudecca, and a magnificent fireworks display. The stretch of water between St. Mark’s and the Giudecca teems with vessels of all kinds right from the early hours of the afternoon, partying until midnight and the fireworks festival.
International Architecture Exhibition
“Reporting from the Front” or “Concrete Living Ideas,” is the theme of the 15th Biennale of Architecture. Directed by superstar Alejandro Aravena, and hosted in the Central Pavilion of the Arsenale, the show displays 88 of the most interesting works in international architecture on this theme, designed by architects hailing from 37 countries (50 of whom are exhibited for the first time ever in Venice). An integral part of the exhibition are 62 national works on show in the halls at the Giardini, Arsenale and historic center of Venice. 5 countries exhibiting for the first time: Philippines, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Seychelles and Yemen.
Callas at the Fenice
The Divine protagonist of an evocative and exciting photographic collection, displaying snapshots from the past that portray her Venetian debut and presence in the city. The greatest opera performer of all time still amazes us with her inexorable charm and beauty, through images that highlight the love between Callas and Venice.