The Canadian cultural capital of Toronto remains among our most popular fall destinations, when the new musical and theatrical season combines with the October weather for an ideal long weekend. The past couple of years have proven unusually rewarding, when we encountered a varied operatic repertory including the world premiere of Rufus Wainwright’s ‘Hadrian’, Tchaikovsky’s ‘Eugene Onegin’, Handel’s ‘Ariodante’, and Puccini’s ‘Manon Lescaut’. This year, we are drawn to the Canadian Opera Company (COC) for a pair of exotic new productions.  First will be Antonin Dvorak’s romantic Czech opera, Rusalka, featuring the extraordinary American-Canadian soprano Sondra Radvanosky in the title role; and second will be Giaomo Puccini’s final work for the stage, Turandot, with Tamara Wilson as the icy Chinese Princess who finally thaws to the throes of love. 

Our long weekend will also take us to the acclaimed George Bernard Shaw Festival in the charming Victorian village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, with a visit to the spectacular Canadian side of Niagara Falls.  Our performance at the Shaw Festival will be the Broadway musical, Brigadoon, a longtime favorite by the team of Lerner and Loewe which preceded their triumphant ‘My Fair Lady’. 

We have carefully chosen our dates over the only weekend which embraces ‘Rusalka’, ‘Turandot’ and ‘Brigadoon’. Instead of a fourth performance, we will celebrate Canada’s Thanksgiving with a relaxed dinner while the city’s opera house and concert hall remain ‘dark’.  

Toronto is a preferred destination for Americans due to the advantageous rate of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar, for independent dining and shopping.  

Accommodations for four nights at the deluxe Hilton Toronto, ideally located across the street from the new opera house for our performances of the Canadian Opera Company and only a few blocks from Roy Thomson Hall. Situated in the heart of the city’s commercial and entertainment district, the Hilton offers the Tundra Room for award-winning cuisine. There are several other restaurants within a stone’s throw of the hotel: Ruth’s Chris Steak House for prime beef and fresh seafood, Little Anthony’s for imaginative pasta and Italian fare, and Volos Estiatorio for exceptional Greek dishes. For bistro and Sunday brunch menus, Drake One Fifty is located around the corner. Twenty-four hour room service and a fitness room/swimming pool area are among the hotel’s outstanding features. The Hilton overlooks Toronto’s expansive University Avenue on the corner of Richmond Street West.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $2,980
Single Occupancy: $3,730