The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Autumn in Ontario

2010-09-23 - 2010-10-03

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There is arguably no more beautiful place on earth to witness the vibrant canvas of autumn color than in Ontario. This tour brings you to two of the most charming towns in North America at the perfect time of year to do so. We will also see the best of Canada’s grandest city. Along the way, you will stay at the finest hotels in each city, enjoy exquisite meals in five of Canada's top restaurants, and witness performances at two of the very best theater festivals on the continent. The addition of Aida at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto (featuring Sondra Radvanovsky, Jill Grove and Scott Hendricks) plus a concert featuring Canadian pianist Louis Lortie with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra assures an unforgettable Autumn in Ontario.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, often called the loveliest town in Ontario, has a long and distinguished history. Today, over two hundred years after its founding, the town buzzes with visitor activity at its many attractions, including historic sites, a lovely heritage business district, parks, agricultural markets, world famous Niagara wineries and of course, the Shaw Festival. Founded in 1962 by Niagara-area lawyer and playwright Brian Doherty, this festival currently produces 10 to 12 plays each season, with over 800 performances, to audiences totaling about 300,000 people.

That Stratford is the home of the largest classical repertory theater in North America is ultimately attributable to the dream of one man, Stratford-born journalist Tom Patterson. In the early 1950s, seeing the economy of his home town endangered by the withdrawal of the railway industry that had sustained it for nearly 80 years, Patterson conceived the idea of a theater festival devoted to the works of William Shakespeare. From the stage of the Festival Theater, on the night of July 13, 1953, actor Alec Guinness spoke the opening lines of Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent/Made glorious summer by this son of York." Those words marked the triumphant end of what had sometimes seemed a hopeless struggle against the odds to turn Patterson's dream into a reality and the beginning of an astonishing new chapter in Canadian theater history.

Toronto, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, is the largest of Canada's vibrant urban centers. It is the hub of the nation's commercial, financial, industrial, and cultural life, and is the capital of the Province of Ontario. And of course, it is home to the Canadian Opera Company, the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Under its General Director, Richard Bradshaw, the company enjoys an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation, and now has a new home, the Four Seasons Center for the Performing Arts. We will attend one operatic performance, as well as a classical concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (details TBA).

Price: $5,875

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