An exclusive opportunity hosted by Maestro Victor DeRenzi and Executive Director Richard Russell. Featuring Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci, Tosca, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Beethoven/Schubert concert, Private evening tour of the Sistine Chapel, plus Pompeii and Matera.
Rome, the Eternal City, is a living postcard reflecting Italy’s cultural, religious and historical identity. We spend four magical days and nights here and drink it to the lees, with three operas at Teatro Costanzi: Cavalleria rusticana (Anita Rachvelishvili, Martina Belli, Alfred Kim, George Gagnidze, Anna Malavasi) and Pagliacci (Fabio Sartori, Carmela Remigio, George Gagnidze, Matteo Falcier, Dionisios Sourbis), both conducted by Carlo Rizzi, plus a production of Tosca with sets and costume design based on the original 1900 production that premiered in this very house. Our 5-star hotel in Rome is the Grand Hotel Via Veneto, a modern statement of élan in an ideal location, near the Villa Borghese. Our guided touring is a survey of the city’s essential historic sites, featuring a private evening tour of the Sistine Chapel and some of the finest works of art in Italy.
In Naples, we stay in the city’s best hotel, The Vesuvio, where the great Enrico Caruso died on August 2, 1921 at the age of 48. The hotel overlooks the Gulf of Naples, with Mount Vesuvius providing an unforgettable backdrop. Our touring here takes in the best art and antiquities in the city, including a visit to Pompeii. Our performance at the glorious Teatro di San Carlo is Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
Bari is the capital of Apulia and is a popular tourist destination on the Adriatic Sea and is home to a revitalized opera company, whose house, Teatro Petruzzelli, is one of the most beautiful in Italy. In Bari, time seems to stand still, and as the Murge Plateau stretches further inland, panoramas reveal a landscape of olive and almond trees, vineyards and ancient masserie (farmhouses) that long ago served as a means of defense against foreign raids. Rocky strips of land alternate with long sweeps of white sand, with the crystal clear waters of the sea adding the finishing touches to the beauty of the landscape. Here nature’s charm merges with the picturesque villages and the precious heritage of imposing castles and marvelous cathedrals. The final night of our tour has us attending a performance of works by Beethoven and Schubert by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Daniele Gatti, at the wonderful Teatro Petruzzelli.
Join Executive Director Richard Russell, Aria Tours President David Merritt, and Cavaliere dell’ordine della Stella d’Italia—Maestro Victor DeRenzi—for an unforgettable exploration of Southern Italy.
*PLEASE NOTE that this is an exclusive tour for Patrons of Sarasota Opera. Anyone can register for the tour with a $350 contribution. Call us or email for details.