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Verona - Maestro – Arena Opera Festival 2023 - 6 Days

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From 344 € per person

The magnificent setting of the area

  • Michelangelo is an approved reseller of Arena tickets
  • Good quality 3*/4* hotel in the Lake Garda area
  • Opera ticket included

Day 1 | Arrive at your hotel and relax with a welcome drink before dinner.

Day 2 | After breakfast we head off to explore northern Lake Garda. Our first stop is in Riva del Garda with its mighty fortress with moat dominating the lakeside and its narrow cobbled streets hiding away pretty shops and little cafes. A panoramic lift made of glass (entrance charge applies) connects the old centre of Riva with the Venetian “Bastione” hovering above the town, in just two minutes, offering a breathtaking view over the lake. After our break in Riva we will hop on a boat for a cruise to Malcesine on the eastern shore. Malcesine is a historic village at the foot of Mount Baldo, surrounded by cypress, olive and oleander trees. We will be met at the harbour by the splendid medieval Scaliger Castle. After free time to admire the lively little centre, we continue by boat across the lake to Limone, nestled on the western shore. Its labyrinth of narrow alleys weave in and out of the old lemon groves. In the past, citrus cultivation drove this small village’s economy. Though tourism carries it now, the pillars used for the lemon trees still stand, proudly demonstrating the village’s humble beginnings. After free time for a stroll, the boat will bring us back to Riva for our onward journey to the hotel.

Day 3 | Today is at leisure to explore at your own pace. You might like to visit the quaint lakeside village of Torbole, adjacent to Riva. This was formerly a little fishing village but is now an internationally famous sailing and windsurfing centre. The German writer Goethe described Torbole as one of the world’s natural wonders, and many artists and writers have indeed found inspiration in Torbole’s surroundings.

Day 4 | A leisurely morning is planned before today’s highlight , the opera performance in Verona.
We depart from the hotel in the afternoon for our guided tour of the elegant city of Verona, the hometown of Romeo and Juliet. Its medieval centre with its Roman amphitheatre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On our guided tour we will see the main square, Piazza Brà, with its roman amphitheatre, the magnificent venue for our opera performance this evening. For the romantic, Juliet’s house with its famous balcony is just a stone’s throw from the main square. Verona also offers fantastic shopping along Via Mazzini. The city Shakespeare loved so dearly will quickly capture your heart and put you in the right mood for tonight’s opera. After our guided city tour we will have free time to have a bite to eat at one of the many attractive restaurants and bars in the centre (dinner is on your own today) before entering the majestic amphitheatre to take our seats on the steps. The unique setting of the ancient Roman amphitheatre creates an amazing atmosphere where every performance becomes an unforgettable musical experience – and not just for opera lovers! Verdi’s “Aida” is the only opera to be performed here every year, accompanied by a selection of the most famous titles of Italian opera, such as Tosca, Carmen, Turandot, Nabucco and La Traviata. The Arena, which accommodates around 20,000 spectators, is the world’s largest open-air Opera House, and attracts visitors coming from all over the world.

The opera performance starts at dusk, at around 9pm, and the atmosphere inside the Arena is quite unique. The acoustics inside the 2,000-year-old amphitheatre are second to none. The performance ends, depending on the opera chosen, well after midnight. Arrival back at the hotel will not be until the early hours, but this is a memorable experience that will not be quickly forgotten!

Day 5 | After yesterday’s memorable experience, today is free to unwind and take it easy. You might like to simply relax at the hotel, take a stroll, or shop for a few last-minute souvenirs.

Day 6 | After breakfast we depart for home.

Services included:
5 x BB with international buffet breakfast
4 x 3-course dinners (drinks extra)
1 x welcome drink upon arrival

FD excursion on Lake Garda, including
FD English-speaking tour guide
Boat ride Riva-Limone-Malcesine

Excursion to Verona and night at the Opera, including
2hr English-speaking private guide for walking tour of Verona
6th sector ticket to the Opera in Arena

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6 Days
26-06-2023 - 16-07-2023 | 6 Days

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  • per person in a twin/double room
    344 €

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  • Single supplement per person per night
    25 €

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Details of the 2023 performances are listed below:

AIDA
Verdi’s Aida is the only opera performance staged at the Arena di Verona each year.
Set in Ancient Egypt, Aida is a timeless story of love and betrayal set against the backdrop of war.
Aida is an Ethiopian princess held captive in Egypt, who is in love with a General, Radames, and he with her. When he is chosen to lead a war against Ethiopia, we follow the conflict of Aida's love for both Radames and for her country.

CARMEN
Bizet’s Carmen is the second most performed opera at the Arena di Verona.
In the breathtaking setting of Seville, you will experience the downfall of the naïve soldier Don José who is seduced by the rebellious gypsy Carmen. José abandons his childhood sweetheart and deserts from his military duties, yet still loses Carmen's love to the charismatic matador Escamillo, after which José kills her in a jealous rage.

NABUCCO
Verdi’s Nabucco follows the plight of the Jews as they are assaulted, conquered and subsequently exiled from their homeland by the king of Babylon, Nabucco. Nabucco’s daughter Fenena, however, loves the Israelite Ismaele. She releases their prisoners, leading her vengeful half-sister Abigaille to plot to take power. Nabucco declares himself a god and is struck by a bolt of lightning. One of Verdi’s most well-known choruses,“Va pensiero”, comes from this opera.

LA TRAVIATA
Verdi’s La traviata tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the upper-class Alfredo Germont. Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family, and Alfredo’s father appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness . She reluctantly agrees and pays the price for her act of self-sacrifice. The best known aria from this opera is “Sempre Libera”. This title itself might not mean much to you, but you can hear it in the film “Pretty Woman” when Edward and Vivienne visit the opera!

RIGOLETTO
The work is widely considered to be the first of the operatic masterpieces of Verdi's middle-to-late career. Its tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's daughter Gilda. The opera's original title, La maledizione (The Curse), refers to a curse placed on both the Duke and Rigoletto by a courtier whose daughter the Duke has seduced with Rigoletto's encouragement. The curse comes to fruition when Gilda falls in love with the Duke and sacrifices her life to save him from the assassin hired by her father.

TOSCA
Is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder, and suicide, as well as some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias.

IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA
Is an opera buffa in two acts composed by Gioachino Rossini with an Italian libretto by Cesare Sterbini. The libretto was based on Pierre Beaumarchais's French comedy The Barber of Seville (1775). The première of Rossini's opera (under the title Almaviva, o sia L'inutile precauzione) took place on 20 February 1816 at the Teatro Argentina, Rome, with designs by Angelo Toselli. Rossini's Barber of Seville has proven to be one of the greatest masterpieces of comedy within music, and has been described as the opera buffa of all "opere buffe". After two hundred years, it remains a popular work.

MADAMA BUTTERFLY
It is based on the short story "Madame Butterfly" (1898) by John Luther Long, which in turn was based on stories told to Long by his sister Jennie Correll and on the semi-autobiographical 1887 French novel Madame Chrysanthème by Pierre Loti. Long's version was dramatized by David Belasco as the one-act play Madame Butterfly: A Tragedy of Japan, which, after premiering in New York in 1900, moved to London, where Puccini saw it in the summer of that year.

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