Think of Italy and there’s a pretty good chance that you immediately think about the fabulous food, the fine wines and, if you’re a fan of the arts, the opera. Along with a host of other pretty memorable inventions (think pizzas and Lamborghinis), the Italians were the first to perform this style of music. The word itself (derived from the original opera di musica, “a work in music”) came into use in the seventeenth century, although the style was most certainly around at least a century before that.
The works of Puccini, Bellini, Rossini, Verdi et al. have stood the test of time and are still performed reverentially throughout Italy and the rest of the world. Prestige Holidays is delighted to offer these three inspirational escorted tours for music lovers, allowing you to follow in the footsteps of the Italian master composers back where it all began.
Puccini Opera Festival
The Renaissance town of Lucca is your delightful base for Prestige Holidays’ four-night, five-day escorted tour, which enables you to experience the famous annual Puccini Opera Festival. In the famed composer’s birthplace, this superb itinerary will introduce you to the significant sites associated with Puccini on a guided tour of the town, a picturesque boat trip on Massaciuccoli Lake and an evening performance in the beautiful Church di San Giovanni. Accompanied by renowned opera expert Adrian Mourby (winner of the 2007 Puccini Award), you’ll also visit Torre del Lago, which is where Puccini lived, worked and died. Here you’ll attend two evocative operatic performances from first-sector seating in the enchanting open-air theatre by the lake – in the exact place where the works were composed. Magnifico!
A Summer of Italian Opera
Taking in not one but two major opera festivals, our A Summer of Italian Opera escorted tour encompasses seven glorious days and eight magical nights in three cities. Beginning in Lucca, the birthplace of Puccini, moving to Rossini’s Renaissance city of Bologna, and finally to Verona, your guide Adrian Mourby will introduce you to the life and works of the great composers against a backdrop of three of Italy’s most culturally rich cities. You’ll attend performances of four acclaimed operas in the atmospheric open-air theatre at Torre del Lago and the stunning Verona amphitheatre:
- La bohème
- Il Barbiere di Siviglia
What goes best with Italian opera? Italian wine, of course! The itinerary also includes the opportunity for wine tasting and a relaxing cruise around the lovely Massaciuccoli Lake. Che bello!
Parma: The Verdi Festival
While the delightful Romanesque city of Parma is quite rightly renowned for its cheese and ham, Prestige Holidays is proud to be able to introduce opera lovers to something just as tasty on our Parma: The Verdi Festival escorted tour with Adrian Mourby. The home of the Great Maestro sets the perfect scene for this six-night, seven-day itinerary, where you’ll be treated to live performances of four Giuseppe Verdi operas throughout the renowned festival:
- Le Trouvere
- Un Giomo di Regno
Along with the operatic performances, you’ll take in the architectural and cultural highlights of the city, enjoy a backstage tour of the famous Teatro Regio, and head out on a day excursion to the musical hub of Cremona.