Opera & Art in
Opera & Art in
10–23 JUNE 2020 (14 DAYS) | FIVE PERFORMANCES, A PRIVATE RECITAL, INSIGHTFUL TALKS AND GUIDED TOURS OF THE ART AND HISTORY OF EACH CITY
Attend five performances in the historic and magnificent houses of Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Regio di Torino, Teatro la Fenice and Arena di Verona, and enjoy the delights of art, architecture and history in Milan, Turin, Verona, Mantua and Venice. Take in the beautiful Italian countryside as we travel across Northern Italy by private coach, relax in exquisite accommodation and enjoy delicious Italian cuisine.
Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,450
Final payment due: 7 April 2020
Premium seats to two performances at the internationally renowned Teatro alla Scala in Milan:
- Montemezzi’s L'amore dei tre re with Ferruccio Furlanetto and Federica Lombardi.
- Giordano’s Fedora with Sonya Yoncheva and Roberto Alagna.
Premium seats to an opera performance at Teatro Regio di Torino.
Premium seats to a performance of the classic double bill Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at the spectacular, outdoor Arena di Verona.
Premium seats to an opera performance at the historic and beautiful Teatro la Fenice in Venice.
An exclusive private recital with our Tour Leader, mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell.
Background talks by Fiona Campbell about the music we will hear.
Exclusive private tours in the beautiful and historic Italian cities of Milan, Turin, Verona, Mantua and Venice, and private tours of art galleries, palaces and churches in each of the cities.
Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.
Fiona Campbell is one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved classical singers, a producer and ABC presenter, and an accomplished international performer, recitalist and recording artist. Winner of the national Limelight Award for Best Solo Performance 2011 (with the ABO in their Haunting Handel concert series), vocal winner of the ABC Young Performer of the Year Award and the ASC Opera Awards, Fiona has consistently received wide critical acclaim for her powerful performances and exquisite musicianship.
Fiona sings regularly as a principal artist with the major ensembles and orchestras in Australia including ACO, ABO, SSO, MSO, TSO, WASO, Australia Ensemble, ASQ, and with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, WA Opera and Pinchgut Opera. Her international collaborators have included the Brodsky Quartet, Tokyo Philharmonic, Soloists of Royal Opera House Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Prague Chamber Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Euro-Asian Philharmonic, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Grange Park Opera and Opera North.
Sina De La Ville is located in the historic centre of Milan, a few steps away from the Duomo and La Scala Theatre. The elegant L’Opera Restaurant serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine and The Visconteo Bar is a favourite rendezvous in Milan. There is a wellness centre offering a steam bath, gym and beauty treatments.
Grand Hotel Sitea is a 5-star hotel featuring history, tradition and elegance, conveniently located just off the central Via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, and a few minutes' walk from Piazza Castello, Basilica di Superga and Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna. The hotel’s Carignano Restaurant has an elegant Empire-style décor, and offers international cuisine and a Piedmont tasting menu. There is also a bistro and a bar. There is a wellness centre, a sauna and a gym.
The 5-star Due Torri Hotel is a 14th-century palace situated in the historic centre of Verona near the church of Saint Anastasia, Juliet's balcony, and the magnificent Roman amphitheatre, site of the Arena di Verona Festival. The Due Torri Lounge & Restaurant, situated in the hotel’s magnificent, spacious lobby, serves innovative regional and international cuisine. There is also a courtyard café and a terrace eatery with stunning panoramic city views.
Splendid Venice is a luxury hotel near St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. Its restaurant, Le Maschere, celebrates the flavours of Venetian cuisine, and also serves classic Italian recipes. There is a Lounge Bar looking out on the canal, and there is a breathtaking view from the hotel’s terrace overlooking the rooftops of the city.
Single supplement AUD$2,450
1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN
Arrive at our hotel, the stylish Sina de la Ville, Milan, which is conveniently located in the historical Brera district, a 4-minute walk from the renowned Teatro alla Scala, and a 5-minute walk from Milan Cathedral. We recommend arriving at the hotel by 4:00pm.
In the early evening we meet for welcome drinks and enjoy our first talk from our Tour Leader, Fiona Campbell, about the performance we will attend this evening. We then attend a performance of Montemezzi’s L'amore dei tre re with Ferruccio Furlanetto and Federica Lombardi at Teatro alla Scala, one of the leading opera and ballet theatres in the world.
2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN
In the morning we have a private guided tour by an art historian which includes a visit to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper, at the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie. The church, its sophisticated architecture attributed to Bramante, is an outstanding work of Renaissance architecture in its own right. We also visit San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore, originally attached to the most important female convent of the Benedictines in the city, and entirely painted with strikingly beautiful 16th-century's frescoes from the school of Leonardo da Vinci.
The afternoon is free. You might decide to rest before the evening’s performance or you might like to visit The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, which is a few minutes’ walk from our hotel and one of the oldest enclosed shopping malls in the world. It has blue glass vaulted ceilings, mosaic flooring and a towering central dome.
In the evening we meet for a delicious dinner of delicious local specialities.
3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN
This morning we have a private guided tour by an art historian of Milan's Duomo, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, which has 135 spires and 3200 statues adorning its roof. As part of our tour we take an elevator to the rooftop for a close-up view, and to enjoy magnificent views of the city below.
The afternoon is free. You might enjoy visiting La Rinascente, a department store close to the hotel and next to the Duomo. It opens every day of the week, sells luxury brands and expensive goods, and the top floor has a number of tempting restaurants and terraces.
In the evening we come together and enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner.
4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT SINA DE LA VILLE, MILAN
This morning we have a private guided tour in Castello Sforzesco, originally a fortress, then enlarged into a princely residence, and now the home of several museums. One of these is the Museo d’Arte Antica, which features the Pietà Rondanini, Michelangelo’s final masterpiece.
Our afternoon is free. In the early evening Fiona Campbell will give a talk about the performance we will attend this evening. In the evening we attend our second performance at Teatro alla Scala, Giordano’s Fedora with operatic superstars Sonya Yoncheva and Roberto Alagna.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL SITEA, TURIN
MILAN - TURIN:
This morning we travel by private coach to Turin, capital city of Piedmont in Northern Italy, and the first capital city of Italy from 1861 to 1865. In Turin stately baroque buildings and cafés line the city’s boulevards and grand squares, and the city’s backdrop to the northwest consists of dramatic views of the Alps.
On arrival in Turin we check into our elegant 5-star hotel, conveniently placed in Turin’s city centre and close to many of Turin’s attractions.
In the afternoon we have a private guided walking tour to introduce us to some of Turin’s spectacular and iconic sites. We walk through busy squares such as Piazza San Carlo, and we hear stories about the city’s history and culture. We visit the old Roman Quadrilateral, where we see the original city walls and gate from Roman times. Our walk includes Piazza Castello, flanked by the Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista, the historic arcades of Via Po, with their bookshops, cafés, and stores, the spectacular and unique Mole Antonelliana and the vast Piazza Vittorio, which is bordered by classical buildings and reaches to the Po River.
In the evening we meet for a delicious dinner where we can try regional specialties.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL SITEA, TURIN
In the morning we have a private guided tour of Museo Egizio which, with its 30,000 artefacts including papyrus scrolls, sarcophagi and jewellery, has one of the world’s largest collections of Egyptian antiquities. Dating back to 1824 and reopening in 2015 after a major renovation, the museum has four levels of permanent collections and special exhibits which offer a comprehensive examination of the art, culture, and history of ancient Egypt.
The afternoon and evening are at leisure. You may enjoy visiting the Sabauda Gallery, which houses the private art collection which the Dukes of Savoy, rulers of Turin, collected over the centuries. The opulent wing of the Royal Palace of Turin that has housed the collection since 2014 makes the perfect setting for the great works of art on show, with about 500 works by Piedmontese, Italian, Dutch, Flemish and European artists, including works by Fra Angelico, Filippino Lippi, Mantegna, Veronese, van Eyck and Rubens. If you do visit, do not miss Bernardo Bellotto’s paintings of Turin.
In the evening we have the pleasure and privilege of attending a private recital by our Tour Leader, the extremely versatile and much awarded mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell, an accomplished international performer, recitalist and recording artist. Following the recital there will be a drinks function.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT GRAND HOTEL SITEA, TURIN
We begin today with a private guided tour of the Mole Antonelliana and of the enthralling Museo Nazionale del Cinema, which it houses. We would have noticed ‘La Mole’, the imposing 279-metre-high structure, with its high dome dominating the city, as we walked around Turin. Built in the second half of the 19th-century, and designed and named after architect, Antonelli, there is a scenic lift that goes up through the centre of the building to the dome, and a platform where we can admire the panoramic view of the city and the Alps. We have the opportunity of visiting the cinema museum, one of the most complete film collections in the world, including 7,000 film titles, and many thousands of film artefacts, including paintings, old prints, photographic documents, posters, magic lanterns, old cameras, scripts and even more memorabilia relating to movie making. Two films are always playing, and there are seven or eight 'themed' rooms - such as Horror, Romance and Westerns.
Our afternoon is free. If you feel like discovering a little more of Turin, you might visit the food market of Porta Palazzo with all its wonderful regional produce.
In the early evening Fiona Campbell will give a talk about the opera performance we will attend this evening. We then attend an opera at Teatro Regio di Torino.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
TURIN - VERONA:
In the morning we leave Turin and travel by private coach to Verona. We will break our journey in the delightful little town of Sirmione, a resort town located on a small peninsular jutting out into Lake Garda from its southern bank. In Sirmione, picturesque Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle, overlooks the lake. At the tip of the peninsula, about 15 minutes’ walk from Rocca Scaligera is the Archaeological Site of Grotte di Catullo, which incorporates a Roman villa, a museum and olive trees. We will have time to explore the charming town of Sirmione.
We will then continue onto Verona and check into the five-star Due Torri Hotel, a 14th-century palace, conveniently situated in the historic centre of Verona. This evening is free to rest or to begin your exploration of Verona.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
This morning we have a guided walking tour of central Verona to discover the city’s history, architecture and culture. The tour includes the busy Piazza Bra and Piazza delle Erbe, in antiquity a Roman Forum and today one of the most picturesque squares in Italy. We see the Scaligeri family’s elegant gothic tombs, and we stroll through the Piazza dei Signori featuring, on its north side, the 15th-century Loggia del Consiglio, Verona's finest Renaissance structure, and the opulent Palazzo degli Scaligeri.
The afternoon is free to explore Verona and in the evening we meet for a delicious 3-course dinner at one of Verona’s finest restaurants.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT DUE TORRI HOTEL, VERONA
EXCURSION TO MANTUA:
This morning we travel by private coach to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mantua, famous for its artistic and cultural heritage. On arrival we have a private guided walking tour of central Mantua to help us to understand and enjoy its history, architecture and artistic legacy. We proceed to an exclusive private guided tour of the Teatro Bibiena, designed in late Baroque or early Rococo style by Antonio Galli Bibiena. A few weeks after its official opening in December 1769, thirteen year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed a resoundingly successful concert here. His father, Leopold Mozart, wrote of the theatre: “In all my life, I have never seen anything more beautiful of its kind.” We then have a guided tour of the grand Ducal Palace. Built between the 14th and the 17th-century by the Gonzaga family as their royal residence, the buildings which comprise the palace are connected by corridors and galleries and are enhanced by inner courts and wide gardens.
We return to Verona and in the early evening we have a talk by Fiona Campbell about this evening’s opera. We then walk together to Arena di Verona, Verona’s beautiful and remarkably well-preserved 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, where we attend a performance of the classic double bill Cavalleria Rusticana by Mascagni and Pagliacci by Leoncavallo at the spectacular, outdoor Arena di Verona.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE
VERONA - VENICE:
In the morning we journey by private air-conditioned coach to Venice. On arrival in Venice we travel by private boat to our luxury canal-side hotel, Splendid Venice, which is only a 5-minute walk from Saint Mark's Basilica and the Doge’s Palace. The hotel is often acclaimed as one of the best hotels in Venice.
Our late afternoon and evening are free. This allows us the opportunity to explore beautiful Venice, to stroll along the canals, to wander through the narrow streets and to visit the fascinating shops, bars and cafes.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE
In the morning we visit the heart of Venice, the Piazza San Marco. There we have a private guided tour by an art historian of the Doge’s Palace, one of the grandest secular buildings in Italy.
In the early afternoon there is a talk by Fiona Campbell about the opera we will see at Teatro la Fenice. We then attend an opera performance at Teatro la Fenice, a renowned landmark in the history of opera, especially in the 19th-century, when many operas were premiered here by leading composers such as Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, and Verdi.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT SPLENDID VENICE
This morning we go on a guided walking tour with an art historian to see some of the great art ‘in situ’ in Venice. While many works by the great artists are in galleries, there is much still in the locations for which the art was commissioned. Our walk gives us the opportunity to visit Titian’s paintings in St. Mary of the Friars, and Tintoretto’s work in the Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Our walk takes us across the Rialto Bridge with its glamorous shops, and ends with a gondola ride, which shows us the picturesque small waterways and water gates that are still essential to Venetian life.
Following our guided tour we have a free afternoon. We meet in the evening to enjoy a final gourmet 3-course dinner in the heart of Venice.
Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, the tour concludes. We will arrange one transfer from our hotel to Marco Polo Airport at 11:00am.
Please note: There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on the final confirmation of performances.
Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$2,450
Final payment due: 7 April 2020
Performances: Premium tickets for two performances at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, an opera at Teatro Regio di Torino, an opera at Arena di Verona, an opera at Teatro la Fenice in Venice and a private recital with Fiona Campbell.
Tour Leaders and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Fiona Campbell.
Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation including:
- Four nights at the 4-star Sina de la Ville, Milan;
- Three nights at the 5-star Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin;
- Three nights at the 5-star Due Torri Hotel, Verona;
- Three nights at the 4-star Splendid Venice;
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.
Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.
Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Five dinners with wine, water and tea/coffee and drinks following the private recital.
Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites.
Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.
Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.
International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from airports and hotels at the beginning and end of tours. These can be arranged at an additional cost.
Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.
Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to enter Italy.
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Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.
Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.
Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.
The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.
All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc. and embarking/disembarking coaches.
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DEPOSIT ONLY | AUD$600 PER PERSON
10–23 JUNE 2020 (14 DAYS) | FIVE PERFORMANCES, INSIGHTFUL TALKS AND GUIDED TOURS OF THE ART AND HISTORY OF EACH CITY