Verdi Festival in Parma
Guiseppe Verdi is one of few artists whose genius was recognised during their lifetime. That perhaps says all you need to know about the composer’s enduring appeal; whereas he himself discussed the burdens of such fame:
“Oh blessed a thousand times the peasant who is born, eats and dies without anybody bothering about his affairs.”
Join us as we chart the life of the artist and his emerging creative vision. We trace his ascent from humble beginnings right through to his position as a cultural icon of ‘new Italy’. Perhaps it's his versatility that has enchanted us for so long. As we will see, his creative touch stretches far beyond opera, to later religious works and chamber music.
At his death 200,000 bystanders lined the streets of Milan to bid farewell to their hero. We prefer to celebrate his life musically – why don’t you join us?
We fly from London to Milan, and transfer to our hotel in Parma. We view the Monument to Verdi on our way to dinner at the Corale Verdi – where we enjoy a private concert from the Verdi singers.
We travel to Roncole Verdi to visit Verdi’s birthplace, stopping at the house where he was born. We continue to Busseto to see the Casa Barezzi, where Verdi met his first wife Margherita; and the Teatro Verdi, a 19th century opera house dedicated to the composer. We attend Verdi’s Requiem at the Teatro Regio tonight.
We visit the 17th century Farnese theatre. We cross the Parma river to visit the Casa Toscanini – the house where conductor Arturo Toscanini was born. We enjoy a private recital by Icelandic soprano Halla Margret, before walking through Parco Ducale’s gardens and marble statues.
We attend Verdi’s Jerusalem this afternoon at the Teatro Regio.
Our day begins at the Conservatoire Arrigo Boito in Parma with its collection of rare period instruments and the Casa del Suono.
We attend Verdi’s La Traviata in the Teatro Verdi in Busseto tonight.
Behind the Scenes
We tour the Teatro Regio and get an exclusive view behind the scenes. Enjoy some free time in Parma this afternoon, before watching Stiffelio at the Teatro Farnese tonight.
We attend an Opera Gala performance tonight at the Teatro Regio.
We visit the Villa Pallavicino, a Renaissance palace housing a museum dedicated to the life and works of Verdi, this morning. Following a visit to Verdi’s country home, Villa Sant’ Agata, we return to the airport for our flights home.
- Guide Lecturer - Francesco Izzo
- Professional Tour Manager
- Return Flights - London to Milan
- All Meals Included - dinner with wine
- Hotel - 5 nights at Hotel Stendhal
- Local Travel - air conditioned coach
- Tickets - Tickets to four performances: Verdi's Requiem, Jerusalem, La Traviata, and an Opera Gala Performance
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included