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The Venetian Masquerade

The Venetian Masquerade

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2000s: A night at the opera at La Fenice is always a memorable experience….

  • ISBN: 978-1472129734
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

Carnevale is in full swing, the streets and waterways of Venice are crowded with masked revellers and Nathan Sutherland’s birthday is about to be ruined.

A night at the opera at La Fenice is always a memorable experience – and this time it will be so for all the wrong reasons as the curtain call is interrupted by a fatal stabbing. But why is the dead man carrying one of Nathan’s business cards in his wallet?

The mystery of the murdered stranger takes Nathan on the trail of a lost opera by Monteverdi. But what begins as a harmless treasure hunt leads to ruthless criminals asking the highest of prices for the lost score… and then a second body is found in the sanctuary of Venice’s English church.

The quest for the lost manuscript will bring Nathan back to the stage of La Fenice, where a final confrontation has deadly consequences…

Travel Guide

BookTrail style to Venice for a visit to La Fenice

Carnevale is in full swing, the streets and waterways of Venice are crowded with masked revellers …..and the main character Nathan is enjoying  his birthday. Seems the perfect time and place for a party that’s for sure.

And the focus of this festival night – a night at the opera at La Fenice. One of the most famous theatres in the city and immortalised in Donna Leon’s novels…and now this one. It is one of “the most famous and renowned landmarks in the history of Italian theatre” and major world renowned composers music has been performed here  (Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi )

Its name La Fenice means Phoenix and it has indeed rise from the ashes more than once -the first fire happened in 1774 and the theatre was destroyed and only reopened in 1792; the second fire came in 1836, but rebuilding was completed within a year. However, the third fire, in 1996,  was the result of arson. This time the theatre reopened in November 2004. In order to celebrate this event the tradition of the Venice New Year’s Concert began at this time.

Streetview Maps

A) Venice - Fenice Theatre
B) Venice - Street of the Assassins

BookTrail Boarding Pass: The Venetian Masquerade

Destination: Venice Author/guide: Philip Gwynne Jones  Departure Time: 2000s

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