Operas are typically performed in their original language with Italian
subtitles. Get the full story before the opera! Select Italy offers a variety of libretti in
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Dress nicely for Italian musical events. You may be turned away if you are
dressed too casually. Opening night opera performances require a full dark suit for men, an
elegant dress for ladies.
Operas, ballets and concerts can run anywhere from 1.5 to 3+ hours.
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public transportation may not be available after 10:30 pm.
Some theaters may be equipped for those with disabilities. Please contact
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Phil Spalding (Portland, Maine
Attended La Boheme in this intimate space. Marvelous performers and so intimate one thinks you are in the scenes. St. Mark's is conveniently located and the staff were wonderful in accommodating any needs.
Ann Molnar (Toronto, Ontario
Attended La Traviata with a university choir group. The MC made us feel very welcome.
Beautiful singing in an intimate setting in a spectacular city.
Nice relaxing evening
Pam (San Angelo, Texas
My sister and I enjoyed the performance very much. The venue was perfect, small, intimate. The performers, singers and pianist, were a pleasure to watch and truly seemed to be enjoying themselves. Overall a nice evening and I would recommend it.
Wonderful Night at the Opera!
This is a very intimate and well organized venue, situated in the heart of the city. I watched La Boheme here and had a fantastic evening! I was seated in the second row and a rather tall gentleman was seated in front of me. I asked the organizers if I could change seats because of this and I was easily and readily accommodated. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the performers are professional and lovely to watch.
Memorable night at St. Mark's
Sean (Bossier City, Louisiana
Amazing atmosphere at the Opera and an unforgettable experience. The singers were top-notch and everyone performing was very personable. I would go back in a heartbeat!
Founded in 1877 by the English community, St. Mark's Church is a unique and intimate setting, a jewel of different architectural styles. This church provides a very special atmosphere for concerts, allowing the audience to enjoy the performance close to the artists on comfortable seats. The church is part of an old Medici Palace that was owned by Machiavelli, renovated in a neo-renaissance style with beautiful icons. In 2012, a new Open Air Summer Festival is organized at the amphitheater of Villa Strozzi. Enjoy the beautiful music performed by an orchestra and an amazing panoramic view under the stars, just a short distance from the Florence city center.