Magazine article The Spectator

What to Hear in Venice

Magazine article The Spectator

What to Hear in Venice

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Easter this year is as late as it can be (24 April), which means Carnival is late, which means that all the restaurateurs, concert promoters and other public servants have had their winter holiday plans disarranged. Anyone visiting Venice just now will be in constant doubt as to whether their favourite restaurant or shop is open and, if it is, what mood the proprietors will be in.

Carnival is a time when the native Venetians shrug their shoulders, come back from holiday and make as much money from the astonishing increase in tourists as they can.

Promoters of musical excitements have not been slow to invent mini-festivals around Carnival, and this year there are yet more of them. Wholly new, I believe, is the possibility of becoming part of a performance of Puccini's La Boheme, 'revisited in a funny way by top-level artists' while 'sipping exquisite cocktails' in your chosen Carnival costume (at the Luna Hotel Baglioni, ? …

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