Rossini Anniversary Opera Festival in Pesaro
Pesaro, huddled on the Adriatic coast, is a small town that has been honoured as the City Of Music, ever since Gioachino Rossini was born there in 1792.
It’s the venue for the annual opera festival celebrating his work. Special festivities are planned for 2018, which marks the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. Stage directors are renowned for creating extraordinarily visual interpretations of Rossini’s comic operas, and the shows planned for the 39th Rossini Festival are expected to be no different.
A musical genius who could rattle off an aria in four minutes, Rossini is perhaps most famous for The Barber Of Seville, William Tell and Cinderella. We will thrill to three of his operas during this tour - experiences which will be tempered with special insights from lectures, and the chance to tour the places where he lived and worked.
We’ll also meet some of the musicians responsible for bringing his operas to life at this prestigious festival, and explore the breath-taking beaches and sandstone cliffs that so inspired the man and his music.
- Cultural Excursion
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
We fly to Bologna and transfer to our lovely hotel in Pesaro, stopping en route for lunch in the coastal city of Rimini, in Emilia-Romagna.
This evening we develop a deeper understanding of Rossini’s illustrious life and works with a captivating lecture.
This morning we follow in the composer’s footsteps with a gentle guided walk around the picturesque old town of Pesaro, the “City of Music”. As part of our tour we make a pilgrimage to Casa Rossini, the 15th-century building where, in 1792, the great composer was born to musical parents. Inside we find a museum dedicated to the life of Rossini, with memorabilia including original portraits, instruments and manuscripts.
After a relaxing lunch, we enjoy a tour of the Teatro Rossini Opera House, a spectacular classical venue which dates back to the early 19th century. Here we are privileged to meet one of the artists from tonight’s performance – who gives us a glorious glimpse behind the scenes, and sheds light on how it feels to perform Rossini’s work. This evening we watch our new acquaintance in full flow during the first of our holiday’s operas - The Barber of Seville at the Adriatic Arena. Tonight we dine in Pesaro.
There’s a dramatic change of scenery this morning, as we take an excursion to the ruggedly beautiful San Bartolo Park – a protected area of mountains, fields and sandstone cliffs. Our destination within the park is the majestic Imperial Villa, a Renaissance pleasure palace nestling at the foot of the San Bartolo hills. Here we pause for lunch and wine tasting – a suitably decadent way to enjoy this decadent setting.
We return to Pesaro for an afternoon free to spend as we wish, perhaps exploring the dazzling Ducal Palace, or some of the town’s gorgeous churches. This evening we come together for dinner at a local restaurant, before making our way to the opera for the second Rossini performance of our trip - Ricciardo e Zoraide.
After breakfast, we journey inland to Urbino, a formidable walled city which has enjoyed UNESCO World Heritage status since 1998. Formerly one of the cultural capitals of the Renaissance, Urbino has long been famed for its artistic and intellectual heritage, many traces of which still remain. As part of our visit we view some of the city’s marvelous churches and palaces, not forgetting to stop and take in the astounding views of the surrounding Apennine hills.
After lunch here, we make our way back to Pesaro, where we crown the day with our tour’s third and final opera - Carlo Lepore and the Wind Nonet concert at the Auditorium Pedrotti in the afternoon. This evening we tuck into our last delectable dinner together.
Today we enjoy a leisurely morning and lunch in Pesaro, taking our own time to explore whatever we might have missed in the historic centre – or perhaps just sun ourselves on one of the nearby beaches.
This afternoon we transfer to the airport, flying home in the early evening.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- 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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