The best opera festivals of 2011

Posted on: 21 December 2010 by Rhian Mainwaring

If opera is your thing, why not combine your passion with a trip abroad for an opera festival

Juliet Balcony

It's not a cheap option, but these opera tours mean that your itinerary is sorted, tickets bought and your hotels booked, meaning that you can sit back and relax in the breathtaking locations provided on these opera tours. Here's our pick of the best packages around...

Verona 2 night stay from £659 per person

Enjoy a veritable feast of electrifying performances, at the open-air highlight of any opera calendar. This year, the two-month summer programme kicks off with Verdi’s La Traviata on 17 June – a great choice for opera beginners as well as seasoned experts!  

A two-night stay in Verona  including two opera performances, return flights from London Gatwick, transfers and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Hotel Mastino. 

Performances Aida, Il Barbiere de Siviglia, Nabucca, La Boheme and Romeo et Juliet.

Masada, 8 day tour from £2,890 per person

Fly BA to Tel Aviv and transfer to Jerusalem which will be your base for four nights at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel. There is a full itinerary of sightseeing and operas to attend as well as meals along the way. This is a luxurious trip for opera officionados which is reflected in the price. However, included is all private sightseeing and entrance fees, transportation, breakfasts, two dinners, flights, accommodation and ofcourse tickets to the opera. This is a private tour and therefore carries a minimum of 10 participants.

Performances Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Verdi, Angela Gheorghiu and Massimo Giordana and Aida.

Torre del Lago, 3 nights from £579 per person

Around 40,000 spectators head to Torre del Lago's Puccini Teatro all'Aperto for the annual Puccini Festival during July and August. A series of classical music concerts is performed just a stone's throw from Villa Puccini where the composer lived, worked and is buried. The atmosphere is magical, and a gala dinner with the artists takes place after each premiere. 

A two-night stay in Lucca including two opera performances, return flights from London Gatwick, transfers and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Hotel Puccini.

Performances La Boheme, Tosca, Turandot, Madama Butterfly and Il Mameli. 

Bregenz, 3 nights from £525 per person

Set on the Austrian shore of Lake Constance, Bregenz's month-long summer music festival boasts the world's biggest floating stage. It seats 7,000 and hosts lavish large-scale operas with spectacular stage backdrops. The Opera on the Lake in 2011 is André Chénier by Umberto Giordano, a vivid historical drama and passionate love story set against the background of the French Revolution. 

A two-night stay in Bregenz including one opera performance, return flights from London Heathrow  and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Hotel Germania.

Performances Aida

Do you like Opera? Are any of these trips your cup of tea or would you rather organise your own trip?

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