Hot Tickets

Welcome to Opera in Style

The best way to find and book an opera holiday or festival anywhere in the world.

News & Reviews

"Il trovatore" in Berlin

Dear Andrew Blair
I am writing to wish you a very Happy Christmas and to thank you for organising our wonderful trip to Berlin.  The hotel was lovely and the staff extremely efficient...

Read this story.

Verdi Festival & Milan Feedback

Dear Andrew,

Many apols for not getting back to you sooner but after we got back from Milan we plunged into various things and have only just surfaced.

The trip went very well...

Read this story.

Featured Composer

Gioachino Rossini [1792-1868]

Rossini occupied an unrivalled position in the Italian musical world of his time, winning considerable success relatively early in his career. The son of a horn-player and a mother who made a career for herself in opera, as a boy he had direct experience of operatic performance, both in the orchestra pit and on stage. His operas from his first relative success in 1810 until 1823 were first performed in Italy. There followed a period of success in Paris, leading to his final opera, Guillaume Tell, staged in Paris in 1829. The revolution of 1830 prevented the fulfilment of French royal commissions for the theatre, but in his later life he continued to enjoy considerable esteem, both in Paris, where he spent much of his last years, and in his native Italy. There he spent the years from 1837 until 1855, before returning finally to France, where he died in 1868. Of Rossini's three dozen or so operas, Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) is probably the best known, a treatment of the first play of the Figaro trilogy by Beaumarchais on which Mozart had drawn thirty years before in Vienna. Other well known comic operas by Rossini include La Scala di Seta (The Silken Ladder), Il Signor Bruschino, L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers), Il Turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), La Cenerentola (Cinderella) and La Gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie). More serious subjects were tackled in Otello, Semiramide, Mose in Egitto (Moses in Egypt) and the French Guillaume Tell (William Tell), based on the play by Schiller. The Overtures to many of these operas are a recurrent element in the repertoire of the concert-hall.

Click here to see performances

For your protection and peace-of-mind, the air holiday packages and flights shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL9256. Please see our booking conditions for more information.
Make sure you're on our mailing list to be among the first to know about our exclusive tours and limited edition hot tickets.
OPERA PROGRAMME 2013-14
OPERA PROGRAMME 2013-14
Download our latest Opera Short Breaks Guide