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Baldassare Galuppi

Baldassare Galuppi (Burano 1706 - Venice 1785), called "Il Buranello", is one of the major Italian composers of his time, noted for his operas, and particularly opera buffa.

He first led into music thanks to his father, a skilled barber, that used to beautifully play violin at leisure.

The Life

At the age of sixteen, Galuppi was employed as organist in many churches of the Venetian city center. It was during one of these occasions that the young musician dared to play in public his first opera buffa "La fede nell'incostanza" (The hope of changeableness), a spectacular failure, with Galuppi hissed off the stage. Desperate after this bad performance, he almost decided to abandon music and follow his father footprints becoming a barber. The chance to meet the famous composer Antonio Lotti changed his life, and soon Galuppi became his pupil.

Three years after Baldassare was again on the scene. This time, his new attempt "Libretto della Dorinda" was a success and launched his great carreer.

In 1748 he became maestro di cappella at San Mark's Cathedral, considered the Venetian top musical post. He lived and worked in Venice for most of his life, though he spent a few years in London, working for the Royal Theatre and in St. Petersurg working for Catherine II the Great.

He finally returned to Venice in 1768, still composing for the theatre and the Church.

By the time of his death, at the age of 79 in Venice, the city that most gave him victories and defeats, Galuppi was one of the best-known and most respected figures in the Venetian musical establishment.

In a sign of trust and gratitude to his great ancestor, the Island of Burano decided to dedicate the main square to Baldassare Galuppi, erecting a monument in his honor, made by another Buranello, the sculptor Remigio Barbaro.

The Operas

Among Galuppi's works we mention:

La Fede nell'Incostanza - Ossia gli Amici Rivali (1722), Dorinda (1729), Odio Placato (1730), Argenide (1733), L'Ambizione Depressa (1735), Elisa Regina di Tiro (1736), La Ninfa di Apollo (1736), Tamiri (1736), Ergilda (1736), Alvilda (1737), Gustavo I, Re di Svevia (1740), Aronte, Re de' Sciiti (1740), Berenice (1741), Madama Ciana (1744), L'Ambizione Delusa (1744), La Libertà Nociva (1744), Forze d'Amore (1745), Scipione nelle Spagne (1746), L'Olimpiade (1747), Arminio (1747), Arcadia in Brento (1749), Il Page della Cuccagna (1750), Arcifanfano, Re dei Matti (1750), Alcimena, Principessa dell'Isole Fortunate (1750), Il Mondo della Luna (1750), La Mascherata (1751), Ermelinda (1752), Il Mondo alla Rovescia (1752), Il Conte Caramela (1752), Le Virtuose Ridicole (1752), Calamità de' Cuori (1752), I Bagni di Abono (1753), Il Filosofo di Campagna (1754), Antigona (1754), Il Povero Superbo (1754), Alessandro nell'Indie (1755), La Diavolessa (1755), Nozze di Paride (1756), Le Nozze (1756), Sesostri (1757), La Partenza e il Ritorno de' Marinari (1757), Adriano in Siria (1760), L'Amante di Tutte (1761), Artaserse (1761), I Tre Amanti Ridicoli (1761), Ipermestra (1761), Antigono (1762), Il Marchese Villano (1762), Viriate (1762), L'Uomo Femina (1762), Il Puntiglio Amoroso (1763), Il Re alla Caccia (1763), Cajo Mario (1764), La Donna di Governo (1764), La Fornace di Babilonia, Debbora profetessa, Moyses de Sinai Reversus

Burano Tours and Venice Tours

Boat tours to Burano Murano Torcello Venezia

Boat Excursion to Murano, Burano and Torcello

Duration: about 4 hours

Period: available all year!

This fascinating boat trip in Venice islands offers you a Murano, Burano and Torcello half-day sightseeing tour without taking too much time away from visiting Venice: this Venice lagoon trip has, in fact, a total duration of four hours and includes short stops on all three islands. A pleasant and economical way to make a trip to Burano, Murano and Torcello, departing from the central San Marco Square. For your Burano tour's reservation, please click on the button below.


Boat Trip to Murano and Burano

Duration: about 4/41/2 hours

Period: from 1st April to 31st October

This boat trip in the lagoon will allow you to concentrate the 4 hours at your disposal to visit Murano and Burano, the two most famous islands of Venice. The stops on the islands will be about an hour in Murano, where you can admire the glass working in a glass factory and an hour and a half in Burano, where you can visit a typical lace shop. The guided tours to these places will still optional and you can choose how to manage your visit to the islands. Also this tour departs from Piazza San Marco.


And if you prefer the same excursion, but having lunch in Burano:


Discover Burano's Secret Corners

Duration: 45 minutes

A tour to visit Burano with a tourist guide who will accompany you to the most beautiful spots. Thanks to this guided tour in Burano, you can admire both the famous corners of the island and its hidden corners that only local people know.


An alternative option of this tour is the half-day excursion to Burano and San Francesco del Deserto.


These tours start from the island of Burano, so you need to reach the scene with the line 12 ACTV water bus.


Gondola Tours in Venice

Duration: variuos

In our section about the gondola tours in Venice, you can book the gondola ride you like directly online, starting from 31,00 €. If you are looking for a romantic evening in Venice and unforgettable, we recommend you the Venice Redentore in private gondola, the Historical Regatta in private gondola, or the gondola serenade.


Week end in Venice

Plan your weekend in Venice: take a ride in our section dedicated to museums, events, tours, attractions and hotels in Venice and lagoon islands.
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All these services are offered by a venetian tour operator.

Local Handicrafts

Murano glass shop

New Arte Fuga - Lume Glass Factory

Via Giudecca, 132 - 30142 Burano (Venice Italy)

The New Arte Fuga shop in Burano, which is also a small glass factory, offers exclusively original Murano glass objects of its own manufacture.

Inside this shop it's possible to enjoy for free the "glass lume processing", typical of the area around Murano.

Download the coupon for "New Arte Fuga" by clicking on the button below: showing it in the shop you will be entitled to a discount or a freebie.

Burano Accommodation

Laguna Blu Bed and Breakfast in Burano

Burano Bed and Breakfast

Calle Daffan, 379 - 30142 Burano

Book your room in Burano, in the heart of the Venice Lagoon. Stay directly in the quiet Piazza Baldassare Galuppi of Burano.

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