Verdi Festival in Parma with John Suchet

Interior of Teatro Regio
Interior of Teatro Regio
Duomo of Parma
Duomo of Parma
Teatro Regio
Teatro Regio
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
Teatro Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi

Giuseppe Verdi was one of the rare composers whose genius was fully recognised and appreciated during his lifetime and Parma’s annual Verdi festival celebrates his unique contribution to classical music to this day. In one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, you will discover the story of the composer’s life and explore the town and the surrounding area where Verdi grew up and worked. On this exclusive small-group tour you will also attend two wonderful performances of Verdi’s work, Luisa Miller and Nabucco.

Our special guest for this exclusive trip is the Verdi expert and Classic FM presenter John Suchet. John will join you on day two to spend a day exploring Verdi’s childhood and his early years. John will also give a private talk and take part in an exclusive question and answer session about the composer and join you for that evening’s performance of Luisa Miller.

During this memorable four-day trip, you will visit the house in which Verdi was born, tour the church in which he was baptised and explore museums dedicated to his life  and work. You will also make a pilgrimage to the venue of Verdi’s first performance and visit iconic theatres such as Teatro Regio, built in 1740, and the fascinating wooden theatre Teatro Farnese, as well as having plenty of spare time to stroll and admire Parma’s archtecture and its many attractions. Or just relax in a café and watch the world go by in this beautiful part of Italy.

This is a wonderful tour for opera lovers who want to discover a region brimming with fine music and culture, which will be forever associated with one of the world's greatest operatic composers.

"I am thrilled to be joining opera lovers on a Verdi tour, and revealing some of the little known — and extraordinary — facts behind the best-loved opera composer of them all." John Suchet

  • Private talk, question and answer session with John Suchet
  • Discover Verdi's Italy
  • Ticket's to two performances at the Verdi Festival
  • Tour Parma's most famous theatres


  • Cultural Excursion


  • Special Access
  • All Inclusive

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

After your morning flight flight from London Heathrow to Milan, you will be met at the airport and transferred to Parma where you will check in to your hotel, the five-star Grand Hotel de la Ville (or similar). At the hotel, you will enjoy a welcome drink as a group before a short welcome talk and dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Ville, Parma
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today, after breakfast at the hotel, you will discover more about Verdi’s childhood with our special guest, the Classic FM presenter classical music expert John Suchet, who has a great love of Verdi and wrote a fascinating biography of the composer entitled, Verdi: the Man Revealed. Following an exclusive question and answer session with John, your tour starts at Roncole Verdi, where the composer was born in October 1813. The next stop will be Busseto for a visit to Casa Barezzi, which was the venue for Verdi’s first ever concert.

After lunch at local trattoria Ongina, you will visit the Villa Verdi in Sant’ Agata, the country house the composer had built and in which he lived with his second wife, the soprano Giuseppina Strepponi.

You will enjoy an early dinner, before an unforgettable evening at the Verdi festival itself, crowned 'Festival of the Year 2018' by the International Opera Awards, when you attend a performance of Luisa Miller at Chiesa di San Francesco, again in the company of John Suchet. 

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Ville, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

After breakfast at the hotel, you will take a fascinating tour of the Teatro Farnese, one of the most renowned examples of a wooden theatre that stands today. Created in the 1600s, at the time it was the largest theatre in the world and could hold a crowd of around 4,500 people. Although hugely damaged during the Second World War, the theatre has since been restored and today you can admire the amazing detail of the wooden seating and walls. You will then take a tour of the Toscanini Museum, the house where the great Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini was born. You will explore the number of personal items belonging to the maestro: curios; paintings; announcements; drawings; and photographs. In a specially equipped room, it is possible to listen to some of Toscanini’s most celebrated performances. At the Ristorante Corale Verdi, you will enjoy a traditional lunch.

Dinner will be served at the opera house café. You will then enjoy your second performance of the tour, this time it will be Nabucco, at the Teatro Regio.

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Ville, Parma
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

This morning is free for you to enjoy to explore more of Parma and its delights at your leisure, whether you wish to marvel at the architecture of the Baptistery and the Duomo, explore the luxurious shops especially the delicatessens selling local products such as Parmesan cheese and Parma ham, or  simply stroll around perhaps stopping for a coffee in the Piazza Garibaldi.

After enjoying an independent lunch for a final taste of the regional flavours of Parma, you will be transferred to the airport for your early evening flight to London Heathrow.

Hotel: Grand Hotel de la Ville, Parma
Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - All meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Hotel
  7. Flights
  8. Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.

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