Opera Atelier in Italy: Florence, Pesaro & Venice

August 16 - 26, 2018

With a production of Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide (Juan Diego Flórez, Pretty Yende) by Opera Atelier’s Marshall Pynkoski, plus Adina, and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Pesaro, La traviata (Carsen; Sierra) at La Fenice and art in Florence.

VeniceToronto’s Opera Atelier is a world leader in the rediscovery and revitalization of period opera and ballet, particularly works from the Baroque era. Opera Atelier’s creative team has been commissioned to create a new production of Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide to open the Rossini Opera Festival’s 2018 season. Marshall Pynkoski will direct a starstudded cast, including two of opera’s greatest talents, tenor Juan Diego Flórez and soprano Pretty Yende. He is joined by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg (choreography), Gerard Gauci (sets), Michael Gianfrancesco (costumes), and Michelle Ramsay (lighting). The Rossini Opera Festival is the leading Rossini festival in the world, taking place in August of each year on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, in Rossini’s birthplace Pesaro. The 2018 Festival commemorates the 150th anniversary of Rossini’s death

In addition to hearing Ricciardo e Zoraide, Adina and Il barbiere di Siviglia in Pesaro, we stroll through the charming streets to discover the artistic riches and intrinsic allure of this beautiful Italian coastal town. Our accommodation is the refined and modern Hotel Excelsior, where we enjoy deluxe rooms.

Our tour begins in Florence, the birthplace of opera, where we immerse ourselves in the finest visual art experience to be had anywhere in the world. We tour the Uffizi, Accademia and Pitti Palace, and stay at the hidden gem Hotel L’Orologio, ideally located in the historic centre.

We end in Venice, unparalleled in its romantic charms. Here we take in a Robert Carsen pproduction of La traviata starring Nadine Sierra at the stunning La Fenice. Our hotel here is the superb Luna Baglioni, steps from Piazza San Marco and La Fenice.

Day Trips to Bologna, Ravenna, Urbino and Padua round out the stellar program.

This is an exclusive tour for Patrons of Opera Atelier. You may join the tour by becoming an Opera Atelier donor at the $300 CAD level.

Don’t miss out!

Cost: $9875 CAD ($7895 USD)
Single supplement: $1750 CAD ($1450 USD)
Deposit: $3000 CAD ($2500 USD)
Balance due: January 15, 2018



Thursday, August 16

Independent departures for overnight flights.

Friday, August 17

Upon arrival in Florence, you are met and transferred to the Hotel L’Orologio, overlooking Santa Maria Novella, one of the most beautiful squares in Florence. Please note that hotel check in is 2pm, and we cannot guarantee that your room will be ready before then. After settling into our rooms, we meet for cocktails and depart for a very special Welcome Dinner at Buca Mario, a local favourite.

Saturday, August 18

After breakfast (included each day of the tour), we meet our excellent guide and tour Florence, including Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo, the Church of Santa Croce, ending with a visit to the Accademia solely to view Michelangelo’s awe-inspiring David. We then enjoy lunch at Ora d’Aria. This evening we transfer to St. Mark’s Anglican Church for Italian Opera Love Duets The program includes duets from Italian operas including La traviata, La bohème, and Madama Butterfly, as well as Neapolitan love songs (21.00 start/approx 80 mins).

Sunday, August 19

Today we tour the highlights of the Uffizi (one of the world’s top Renaissance art museums), the Pitti Palace (which houses some of the most celebrated treasures in the city, including stunning ceiling frescoes) and the adjacent Boboli Gardens. This evening we include dinner at Il Vezzo.

Monday, August 20

This morning we check out and transfer to Pesaro (2.5 hrs), stopping in Bologna for lunch and a guided tour of Piazza Maggiore. Once in Pesaro, we check in at the Hotel Excelsior. This evening we transfer to the Adriatic Arena for Rossini’s Ricciardo e Zoraide (Juan Diego Flórez, Pretty Yende) staged by the creative team at Opera Atelier in Toronto. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts the Marshall Pynkoski production.

Tuesday, August 21

Today we include a day trip to Ravenna and visit the Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare in Classe, a UNESCO World Heritage site with stunning Byzantine mosaics. Lunch is included at Osteria L’Acciuga before our return to Pesaro. Tonight we transfer to Teatro Rossini for a performance of Rossini’s rarely-staged Adina. Diego Matheuz conducts this Rosetta Cucchi  production.

Wednesday, August 22

Today we embark on an historical tour to Urbino, one of Italy’s finest hill towns. We visit the Palazzo Ducale, with it’s impressive art collection and the Oratorio di San Giovanni for the stunning Salimbeni frescoes. Lunch is included in Urbino. This evening we hear Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia at the expansive Adriatic Arena. Yves Abel conducts a production by the legendary Pier Luigi Pizzi.

Thursday, August 23

This morning we check out and transfer to Venice (3 hrs), stopping in Padua for lunch at one of our favourite restaurants in Italy. We then tour the Scrovengi Chapel and its sublime Giotto frescoes. Once in Venice, we check in at the Baglioni Hotel Luna, near St. Mark’s Square. The evening is at leisure for strolling on the Riva degli Schiavoni.

Friday, August 24

Today we tour Venice by boat, returning to the hotel in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. This evening we enjoy a private concert in the Sala della Musica of the famous Ospedaletto, followed by an unforgettable dinner at The Cipriani, on the island of Giudecca in the Venice lagoon.

Saturday, August 25

This morning we take a walking tour in Piazza San Marco, including the Basilica. An early Farewell Dinner is included at Antico Martini before the premiere of a Robert Carsen production of La traviata at the glorious La Fenice (Nadine Sierra, Markus Werba).

Sunday, August 26

Departures to the airport or rail station are included.