During the ideal Southern California fall weather, Great Performance Tours will return to Los Angeles for an overdue long weekend. Our program is highlighted by a pair of exceptional performances by the Los Angeles Opera and an orchestral concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The operas will be Giuseppe Verdi’s earliest major success – Nabucco – starring Placido Domingo and Liudmyla Monastyrska repeating their brilliant portrayals from this season at the MET; and Georges Bizet’s exotic romance, The Pearl Fishers, featuring Nino Machaidze and today’s consummate ‘bel canto’ tenor Javier Camarena as the Priestess Leila and her lover Nadir. ‘Nabucco’ will be conducted by Music Director James Conlon, who has inspired the orchestra on many of our previous visits to the city’s downtown Music Center, while Domingo himself (the company’s tireless General Director) will be in the pit for Bizet’s lyrical score.
Our third performance will be an orchestral concert by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The electric young Venezuelan Music Director Gustavo Dudamel has achieved cult status with the range of his musical activities in his native country and his guest appearances throughout the world. Los Angeles remains at the top of everyone’s wish list following the 2003 opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall. This latest architectural gem designed by Frank Gehry has added immeasurably to the cultural prestige of the city. We have carefully planned our weekend to assure that Dudamel will be on the podium for our concert.
Art aficionados will be inspired by our visit to the city’s newest downtown museum, The Broad. Only a couple of blocks from the Music Center, The Broad’s contemporary collection is housed in a $140 million building on So. Grand Avenue, where it opened in late 2015 to sold-out crowds and long lines of patient cultural enthusiasts. This will be our first visit to The Broad.
For our four-night holiday, our accommodations are again at the luxurious Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. We have chosen this famous hotel because of its prestigious location adjacent to Rodeo Drive, a unique concentration of stylish designer shops and fine restaurants. There will be ample free time for you to relax at the hotel and to explore the nearby boutiques. The Beverly Wilshire offers a wide range of spa facilities and a selection of dining facilities including Wolfgang Puck’s gourmet Cut, with décor by Richard Meier; the Boulevard overlooking the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive; and the informal Pool Bar & Café and Sidebar Lounge. The rooms are lavishly appointed and feature unusually comprehensive amenities. Despite the premium price for the Beverly Wilshire services, we are confident that you will appreciate the opportunity of staying in this renowned L.A. property.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $3,150
Single Occupancy: $3,900