The Metropolitan Opera Guild

Verdi in the Holy Land

2011-05-30 - 2011-06-08

Top Highlights:
• 8 nights hotel
• Breakfast daily
• Six dinners and three lunches
• Two performances at Masada: VIP seating including drinks and canapes in private lounge
• Jerusalem performance with prime seating
• Group airport transfers
• In tour transfers with air-conditioned private coach
• Guided sightseeing, with entrance fees, as described
• Driver and guide gratuities
• Fully escorted

It is with much pleasure that we introduce this customized itinerary to experience three extraordinary Verdi works in the unique setting of the Holy Land. Building on the inaugural 2010 sold-out success of Nabucco, staged against the dramatic backdrop of Masada at the Dead Sea, the festival has been extended significantly to include concerts and opera in Jerusalem. Our program has been designed with the musical events as the centerpiece, while incorporating touring to key sites. We have worked closely with local specialists to secure prime seating for all the events and the highest quality accommodation and ground services, enabling us to offer this comprehensive trip at a surprising value.

Arriving by air in Amman, the first days are spent in Jordan, the highlight being a full exploration of Petra, the rock-carved desert city considered the most famous site in Jordan. We then move on to Israel and the Dead Sea for two magical evenings of Verdi, staged with the towering cliffs of Masada, the rock fortress and last bastion of Jewish resistance against the Roman Empire, as a stunning backdrop. The Messa Da Requiem is performed by the orchestra and soloists of the Arena di Verona under Giuliano Carella. The next evening Maestro Daniel Oren, a noted Verdi specialist, leads the orchestra of the Israeli Opera in Charles Roubaud’s production of Aida, with an impressive cast of principals. Micaela Carosi has received critical acclaim in the title role; tenor Marco Berti sings Radames; and the Hungarian mezzo soprano Ildiko Komlosi is Amneris.

The final three days are in Jerusalem, with daytime guided sightseeing and a further evening with Verdi’s grand opera Jérusalem, first performed in Paris in 1847. This concert staging is at the Sultan’s Pool with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israeli Opera Chorus and international soloists (TBA), led by Maestro David Stern. Situated in the open air directly beneath the walls of the Old City, the Sultan’s Pool venue provides an atmospheric setting for the many internationally renowned musicians invited to perform there.

As there is typically more to see than time available, we offer the option to extend for two additional nights at the King David Hotel and attend a June 8 concert in Tel Aviv of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with the virtuoso violinist Vadim Repin, led by Kurt Masur, in a program of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1, Dukas’ L’Apprenti Sorcier and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6.


Tour price: $6,450 per person

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