Grand Ball of the Venice Carnival

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January 1970

A masked dinner and period dances in the historic ballroom of the Venetian aristocracy at the La Fenice Theatre: the Apollonian halls

This international event represents all the symbols of the carnival experience: the Party, the Dances, the Costumes and the Masks.

Entrance to the theatre is at 9 p.m. then, up the staircase inside the theatre you’ll find yourself in the Apollonian Halls where an aperitif will welcome you.
The evening will continue with a seated dinner of four courses curated by our chef and the accompaniment of a classical music ensemble, the performances of the dancers and the opera singers, wearing the precious costumes of the Atelier Tiepolo.

After dinner, the Grand Ball will begin in the Main Ballroom with the Dance Masters who will teach the period dances, such as waltzes, galops, minuets and contradances to the guests. Between dances, in the bar hall, it's possible to enjoy carnival sweets and Prosecco.
It is compulsory to wear a period costume, which can be rented at our Atelier Tiepolo.

Since its construction in 1792 by the architect Giannantonio Selva the style of the Gran Teatro La Fenice is the neoclassical style then resumed also by Giambattista Meduna for the restoration of 1854; this style appears 'old fashion' for the time, but dusting off the art of the late eighteenth century, Meduna hopes to be able to conserve in this theater the memory of an era in which Venice was still great. He wanted to remove the specter of decadence in which the city was pouring, even for the time of a show.

The Apollonian Halls, also in neoclassical style, have always been the beloved place of the city as a ballroom, venue for concerts and, in more recent times, venue for cultural initiatives.

Program and cast

DATE TO BE CONFIRMED: Saturday, 13 February 2021

HOURS: 9 p.m. - 1.30 a.m.

TIMING: 9 - 9.30 p.m. welcome of the guests and aperitif; 9.40 p.m. dinner and entertainment; 11.30 p.m. - 1.30 a.m. Period dances and after dinner


The cloakroom is inside the Theatre.

Teatro La Fenice

Teatro La Fenice ("The Phoenix") is an opera house in Venice, Italy. It is one of the most famous theatres in Europe, the site of many famous operatic premieres. Its name reflects its role in permitting an opera company to "rise from the ashes" despite losing the use of two theatres (to fire and legal problems respectively). Since opening and being named La Fenice, it has burned and been rebuilt twice more.


The Teatro La Fenice was founded in 1792. In the nineteenth century, the theatre staged the world premieres of numerous operas, including Rossini’sTancredi, Sigismondo and Semiramide, Bellini’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) and Beatrice di Tenda, Donizetti’sBelisario (Belisarius), Pia de’ Tolomei, and Maria de Rudenz, and Verdi’s Ernani, Attila, Rigoletto, La traviata and Simon Boccanegra. 


In the last century, the Fenice has also placed a special emphasis on contemporary productions, welcoming the world premieres of Stravinski’s The Rake’s Progress, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Prokofiev’s L’angelo di fuoco (The Fiery Angel), Nono’s Intolleranza (Intolerance) and Maderna’s Hyperion. Recent premieres have included Kagel’s Entführung im Konzertsaal (Kidnapping in the Concert Hall), Guarnieri’s Medea, Mosca’s Signor Goldoni and Ambrosini’s Il killer di parole (The Killer of Words). 

With a seating capacity for over one thousand people, the Fenice boasts excellent acoustics (which were improved when the theatre was rebuilt after the devastating fire of 1996), a 98-member orchestra and 66-person opera chorus, a dedicated local audience and a large international following. The theatre is a leading creative venue, staging more than one hundred opera performances per year, a major symphonic season conducted by prominent conductors from across the globe (including frequent collaborations with Myung-Whun Chung, Riccardo Chailly, Jeffrey Tate, Vladimir Temirkanov and Dmitrij Kitajenko), the full cycles of symphonies by Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler, a contemporary repertoire focused especially on Venetian artists such as Nono and Maderna, ballets, and chamber music concerts. 

The theatre is owned by the Municipality of Venice and managed by the Fondazione Teatro La Fenice, a private body whose members include the State of Italy, the Veneto region, the Municipality of Venice and numerous public and private institutions. The foundation also runs a second theatre, the Teatro Malibran (formerly known as the Teatro di San Giovanni Grisostomo), which dates back to 1678.

The leadership of the Fondazione includes General Manager Cristiano Chiarot, Artistic Director Fortunato Ortombina, Principal Conductor Diego Matheuz and Chorus Master Claudio Marino Moretti.




from Tronchetto: line 2 
toward Rialto bridge, St Mark and Lido  

from Piazzale Roma and the Santa Lucia train station: line 1 or line 2 
toward Rialto bridge, St Mark and Lido  

stops: take line 1 to Rialto bridge, St Angel, St Samuel or St Mark (Vallaresso); 
or take line 2 to Rialto bridge or St Mark (Vallaresso)  

Alilaguna public transportation service from the Marco Polo airport - take the orange line to Rialto bridge or the blue line to St Mark (Vallaresso)

Parking: although you can drive to Venice, cars, bicycles and mopeds are not permitted in the city. You can leave your vehicle in one of the parking garages on Tronchetto or in Piazzale Roma: 



La Fenice Opera House has two entrances: 
- the stage door is for theatre staff and performers only and is manned by a doorman;
- the main entrance


The boxes, gallery and family circle can be reached via elevators


The theatre complies with all legal regulations regarding special needs accessibility. 

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