The World of Opera in Italy

“Portrait of Verdi,” oil on canvas by Giovanni Boldoni, 1886 (detail)

The Grand Tour celebrates the 200th birthday of Giuseppe Verdi with a deluxe tour to Italy for The World of Opera, produced and distributed by WDAV Davidson, North Carolina. The group will attend four Verdi operas in four historic, and beautiful, opera houses, including a performance of Don Carlo at La Scala in Milan with René Pape as King Philip. Visits to Verdi’s house at Sant’Agata and the Casa Verdi, the retirement home for musicians the composer founded in Milan are also included plus dinner with Simonetta Puccini, the niece and last living heir of the great composer who followed Verdi in the opera pantheon. Great food is a major part of any Grand Tour and this will be no exception as we are based for six nights in the Emilia Romagna, the breadbasket of Italy. In Milan, the group will reside in the splendid Grand Hotel et de Milan, Verdi’s city home for much of the last 30 years of his life and where he died in 1901.

The Grand Tour specializes in music tours featuring prime tickets to major performances throughout Europe and the US. Whether your format is classical, jazz or popular and eclectic, we can make a trip an unforgettable experience in the eyes of your patrons, major donors and prospects.