Verdi’s Italy: Florence, Milan & The Verdi Festival in Parma

September 21 - October 3, 2019

With La traviata and Pagliacci / Noi, due, quattro… in Florence; NabuccoAida, Luisa Miller and I due Foscari in Parma; L’elisir d’amore (Grigolo) and Giselle in Milan.


As our first Verdi Festival 2019 tour sold out in a few days, we have added this second tour, running is September instead of October.

Our annual pilgrimage to the Verdi Festival in Parma is a trip to the soul of Italy, and also to the soul of Italian opera. In 2019, we enjoy a wide array of operatic styles in Parma, Florence and Milan, with five Verdi masterworks at the core of the tour.

In Florence, we hear Verdi’s La traviata under the baton of Sebastiano Rolli, and featuring Daniele Naldi and Jessica Nuccio. In addition, we hear a double bill of Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Panfili’s Noi, due, quattro… We also partake in some of the finest art, cuisine and wine to be had anywhere. Our hotel is the charming and perfectly-located L’Orologio.

In Parma, we hear four superb Verdi works that span a 30-year period of matchless creative genius: Nabucco (1842), I due Foscari (1844), Luisa Miller (1849) and Aida (1871). There are definitely many stranieri at the performances in Parma’s glorious Teatro Regio and Busseto’s miraculously tiny Teatro Verdi, but there are also locals, and although the peanut gallery at La Scala has the reputation, the Parmagiani are a tougher crowd. Yes, they can crush the spirit of a singer not yet ready for the big stage, but they can also warmly reward the deserving. Witnessing a performance at Teatro Regio is the ultimate Verdi experience—an orchestra and conductor with Verdi in their blood, singers born to sing the maestro’s lines, and an unforgettable electricity in the auditorium. This is a highlight in our year, every year. Our hotel is the 5-star Grand Hotel de la Ville.

In Milan, the most fashionable (and wealthiest) city in Italy, we attend two performance at Teatro alla Scala: Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore starring Vittorio Grigolo, and Giselle, the timeless ballet set to the music of Adolphe Adam. Svetlana Zakharova, the Prima Ballerina of the La Scala Theatre Ballet, stars. While in Milan, we enjoy a guided tour of the La Scala Museum, which could suffice as a museum of opera itself. We also explore the magnificent Duomo, visit Verdi’s final resting place at the Casa di Riposo and behold Leonardo’s The Last Supper at the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie. Our hotel here is one of our favourites anywhere–the Grand et de Milan, Verdi’s own city home until his death in 1901.

A daily itinerary will be available by early November 2018.

We will take only 18 on this tour, which sells out quickly each year. To register, click here.