Northern Italy: June 29 - July 8, 2017
Our annual summer Tour to Northern Italy remains among our most popular offerings and is invariably sold out. For 2017, our program at the beginning of July will encompass two performances at Milan’s legendary Teatro alla Scala and three evenings in the spectacular Verona Arena – including Verona’s signature production of Verdi’s Aida. Between these two prime operatic destinations, we will enjoy a three-night respite in the idyllic village of Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como. It is difficult to imagine a more breathtaking site than the Grand Villa Serbelloni, where we will relax without any performances.
Our itinerary will begin with two nights in the Lombardian capital of Milan, with accommodations at the deluxe Hotel de la Ville only a short walk from famed La Scala. Our pair of popular performances in Italy’s most prestigious theatre will be Giacomo Puccini’s beloved La Bohème in the Franco Zeffirelli setting that all opera-lovers want to see; and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s classic comedy, Die Entführung aus dem Serail (‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’). La Scala’s international casts will feature American soprano Ailyn Perez and Italian tenor Fabio Sartori intoning Puccini’s soaring arias and duets; andDutch soprano Lenneke Ruiten opposite Swiss tenor Mauro Peter as Mozart’s devoted lovers. The exceptional conductors will be Evelino Pido and Zubin Mehta.
Continuing to Lake Como for three nights at Bellagio’s Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, our leisurely schedule will allow ample time to explore one of Italy’s most beautiful small towns. The magnificent views and the intoxicating charm of the village have evoked unanimous enthusiasm from our travelers over the past two decades.
Our third destination is the Northern Italian city of Verona, which has long been among our most important summer destinations due to the Renaissance beauty of the architecture and the overwhelming experience of the outdoor opera performances in the Roman Arena. Our three-night visit will include a trio of the season’s highlights, all from the pen of Italy’s operatic giant Giuseppe Verdi. In addition to Verona’s grandiose staging of Verdi’s Aida, our schedule will also include Verdi’s melodic ‘middle-period’ achievement, Rigoletto, and his earliest major success, the rousing Nabucco set in Ancient Babylon and Jerusalem. Each of these Verdi works will be staged in the Arena’s vast outdoor stage which affords the opportunity of truly spectacular productions. Our choice of the five-star Palazzo Victoria Hotel is again within walking distance of the Arena.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,900
Single Occupancy: $8,380