Toronto & The Stratford Festival: October 26 - 29, 2017
Our two most recent Tours to Toronto were completely sold out, reflecting the high standards and wide-ranging repertoire of the Canadian Opera Company (‘COC’), the outstanding Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the variety of the great theatre companies – the Stratford Festival and the Shaw Festival. For the coming fall, we have planned a similar four-night visit to Canada’s cultural capital for a pair of irresistible operas (both in newproductions), a stimulating orchestral concert, and a classic American musical on Stratford’s main Festival stage. During the sparkling weather of Canada’s fall season, we expect a similar response to this October’s program. Toronto continues to be a preferred destination due to the advantageous rate of the U.S. dollar against the Canadian dollar, for independent dining and shopping.
The two not-to-be-missed productions at the Canadian Opera Company will be Richard Strauss’s lyrical Arabella, one of his supreme collaborations with librettist Hugo von Hoffmansthal, with Canadian stars Erin Wall and Jane Archibald ideally cast as the Viennese sisters Arabella and Zdenka opposite Tomasz Konieczny as Mandryka; and Gaetano Donizetti’s most enduring comedy, L’Elisir d’Amore, a seamless succession of ‘bel canto’ arias and duets featuring Simone Osborne and Andre Haji as the young lovers and ‘buffo’ specialist Andrew Shore as the charlatan Dr. Dulcamara. A third performance will be a concert by the city’s esteemed Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall, where guest conductor Juanjo Mena will be on the podium for works by Ginastera, Ravel and Schubert. The piano soloist will be Marc-André Hamelin. Finally, our long weekend will also take us to the celebrated Stratford Festival about two hours West of Toronto, where we will enjoy a performance of the milestone American musical, Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls.
For North American aficionados of classical music, the 2007 opening of Toronto's new state-of-the-art Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts proved a sensational success. Designed by the Toronto firm of Diamond and Schmitt Architects, this 2,000 seat jewel in the heart of the city has galvanized the city’s operatic scene. "Acoustics have been designed to showcase the full glory and range of opera. The tiered horseshoe-shaped auditorium is modeled on the best European houses, offering unparalleled intimacy and sightlines." (C0C). All opera enthusiasts should travel to Toronto to share the enriching experience of a performance in R. Fraser Elliott Hall.
During the past generation, Toronto has emerged as Canada’s leading metropolitan center and the largest city in the country. The population of just over two million is spread over an area of more than 600 square miles and is characterized by a pragmatic conservatism which sociologists claim is the reason for the city’s present state of health. For Toronto is above all a town of many neighborhoods with small town virtues of decency and orderliness. Unlike many urban sprawls, Toronto is a clean, safe and civilized center where visitors feel free to stroll through the parks and amble through the imaginative shopping areas.
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 Restaurant for award-winning cuisine, Ruth’s Chris Steak House for prime beef and fresh seafood. There is also an inviting Irish pub (Fionn MacCool’s) next door for convenient light fare and Timothy’s World Coffee on the same block. 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.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,985
Single Occupancy: $3,635