Mefistofele, by A. Boito
From 19 April to 21 April 2024

From €1,300 per person

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    Enter the legend of Venice! There are countless myths associated with the Italian Serenissima: the Grand Canal, St. Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace… Each church, each bridge (nearly 540!) has an incomparable history. Strolling through the Dorsoduro or Canavaggio neighborhoods is the promise of discovering an unexpected wonder. Nothing is more delightful than wandering through this fascinating architectural labyrinth. To take the measure of this sublime city, you have to climb the Campanile Saint-Marc: the panorama is breathtaking.


    Our stay invites you to discover two great events. Rarely performed, Mefistofele by Boito (Verdi’s librettist) is first and foremost an essential opera in the Italian repertoire. Inspired by Goethe’s novel, this magnificent work will be performed at La Fenice in a staging by the French artist duo Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier, with the great bass-baritone Alex Esposito in the role of the diabolical character.


    But on this 20th of April, Venice is all the more wonderful as the city’s famous Biennale of Contemporary Art opens. For its sixtieth edition, the international event promises an exceptional vintage. Placed under the direction of the Brazilian Adriano Pedrosa, the Biennale (with its famous national pavilions) will have as its theme “Foreigners”.


    The whole world meets on the lagoon!
    The program
    Mefistofele, by A. Boito
    April 20, 2024
    Saturday 20 of april - Venice

    At 3:30 p.m., at Teatro La Fenice:


    MEFISTOFELE, by A. Boito


    Orchestra and chorus of Teatro La Fenice

    Nicola Luisotti: Musical direction

    Patrice Caurier: Director

    Moshe Leiser: Director

    Alex Esposito: Mefistofele

    Piero Pretti:  Faust

    Maria Agresta: Margherita


    Premiered in 1868 at La Scala, Mefistofele is Arrigo Boïto’s masterpiece. Although it has never really left the stage, opera has long remained unknown outside the borders of Italy. However, the book is a magnificent synthesis of Goethe’s novel (Boyto is also the librettist of Verdi’s major operas such as Otello and Falstaff) and shows impressive dramatic qualities. The work also has a magnificent vocal trio with the couple Faust and Marguerite (here played by Piero Pretti and Maria Agresta) and above all Mephistopheles, star of the story and authentic workhorse for the basses who unfurl sublime arias for their tessitura.


    At La Fenice, the formidable Italian bass-baritone Alex Esposito will play this major role. To stage this endearing work, we can count on the formidable French duo Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser, authors of inventive and often spectacular shows that triumph all over the world. An evening of echanting charm!

    Hotel selection

    A few canals from San Marco and La Fenice, the Nolinski Venezia stands out for its majestic façade adorned with chimeras, daughters of Poseidon. Here we enter into Venetian history through its former Bourse du Commerce. Art Nouveau, Stile Liberty and Modernism mingle in a harmony sublimated by the interior designers Le Coadic Scotto.

    SATURNIA (****)

    A stone’s throw from La Fenice and St. Mark’s Square, the Hotel Saturnia (****) is the ideal address for music lovers wishing to live an authentic experience in the heart of Venice. From the helpful and discreet staff to the gondoliers nearby, everything works together to make your stay unforgettable.


    Nolinski Venezia :

    Double room package: €2,670

    Double room package for individual use: €4,682


    Saturnia :

    Double room package: € 1,300

    Double room for single use: € 2,056



    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 2 nights from 19 to 21 April – tourist tax – a first-category concert ticket – repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: extras – transport – airport transfers.



    Individual stay.


    Transport and airport transfers on request.



    Programme and prices are subject to change by La Fenice, or by government decision, due to possible health constraints

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    Sophie Chaudru de Raynal
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