Northern Italy: July 1 - 9, 2018
Our annual summer Tour to Northern Italy remains among our most popular offerings. Following last year’s sold-out program, our 2018 July dates will encompass two performances at Milan’s legendary Teatro alla Scala and the opportunity of three consecutive 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 two-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 Beethoven’s inspiring melodrama, Fidelio; and Vincenzo Bellini’s melodic ‘bel canto’ rarity, Il Pirata. La Scala’s international casts will feature Simone Schneider, Stuart Skelton, Stephen Milling and Luca Pisaroni in ‘Fidelio’; and Sonya Yoncheva, Piero Pretti and Nicola Alaimo in ‘Il Pirata’. The exceptional conductors will be Myung-Whun Chung and Riccardo Frizza.
Continuing to Lake Como for two 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 itinerary will culminate with a weekend in 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 nights will include a trio of the season’s grandest operas: Bizet’s Carmen, Verdi’s Nabucco, and the Festival’s signature staging of Verdi’s Aida. Each of these works will be mounted 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: $6,780
Single Occupancy: $8,380