The best music in Venice
The Collegium Ducale Venice Orchestra grows as an ensemble which includes some musicians coming from the best Venetian orchestras and has a repertoire going from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Esteemed musicians bring their artistic contribution not only as part of the group, but also as great musical performers who play with talent and gracefulness in their soloistic shows. The ensemble is engaged in searching and studying musical treaties about musical performance practice in order to play their classical pieces according to the original performing spirit. The orchestra is active in Venice since 1993 with the important concerts' season called "Venice and Europe: Music behind the History".
Prison’s Palace, linked to Doge’s Palace by the famous Bridge of Sighs which overtakes Rio di Palazzo, was designed by the architect Antonio da Ponte, who resumed as from 1589 the construction started in 1563 by Giovanni Antonio Rusconi. Afterwards around 1614 Antonio and Tommaso Contino completed the building which partially supplied the prisons at Doge’s Palace. Many illustrious people were imprisoned into this historical building such as Giacomo Casanova who escaped from prison in the famous and reckless way we all remember.
The prisoners were forced into “camerotti” (placed along the Rio or looking onto the inner courtyards), while the three rooms, which faced Riva degli Schiavoni and St. Mark’s basin, housed on of the oldest magistrature of Venice Republic (attested from the middle of XIII century): “Lords of the Night at Criminal”. These six magistrates represented the six districts of the city and hat not only to control as a police force with big responsibility, but also to prepare cases for trials and cross-examine defendants and witnesses. In the eighteenth century the premises were used as a infirmary and a refuge for suspicious and suspected people that spontaneously appeared before the justice. Under Austrian domination Niccolò Tommaseo and Daniele Manin were here relegated (the slabs in the palace still can testify it) and were in 1848 released from prison on March 17th, following a popular uprising to form the provisional government of the city.
The Collegium Ducale Orchestra presents a program of baroque music in the heart of Venice.
Experience the uplifting music of Antonio Vivaldi in the city that inspired him!
In Opera Singers' concerts the best venetian singers perform some of the most important opera pieces accompanied by the piano.
Their wide repertoire includes many tunes composed by Mozart, Rossini, Puccini, Verdi and Bizet. You will enjoy a very unique event in the fantastic atmosphere of Prisons’ Palace.
Address: 4209 San Marco, Venezia, 30124
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