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Sensational Big Apple
Turandot at The Met
Mr T. & Mrs F from Northumberland

The revised flights worked a treat. The driver & car were there to meet us at John F. Kennedy airport. The hotel on Central Park South was perfect and the production at The Met was sensatioinal: the seats perfect for sight & sound. 

Cannot thank you enough [and all concerned] for making this trip flawless and never to be forgotten.

Happy to recommend Opera in Style.

 

 

Bella Serenissima !
Wonderful weekend at La Fenice
R & S H from Bath

Dear Andrew,
A short note from us... to thank you for organising our trip this last weekend to Venice.
All went very well and the weather was kind to allow lots of walking.  Thanks for such excellent organisation as always.

One note for your files and future Venice visitors.  The changeover days for the (many) Cruise Boats in Venice are Saturday and Sunday.  The Airport is packed with thousands of extra visitors leaving for long haul especially to the US and Asia. Queues for both security and passport control are long.  It was not possible to get anything to eat etc. Your clients would probably be wise to avoid Saturdays and Sundays in the Cruising season.   The Airport made excellent efforts with extra helpful staff, but tens of thousands of extra passengers are a bit beyond its capacity.
We and ....  ourselves are thinking of further Opera ventures in the fairly near future.

 

Arena di Verona
A fabulous experience
SH & PD - Surrey

Hi Jeanette,

This is just a note to thank you for an incredible weekend in Verona. The hotel was comfortable and quiet and the service very good.  The opera and our seats in particular exceeded expectations – it was a tremendous spectacle and the singing was good too.

The travel even on a bank holiday worked very smoothly including all the transfers.

The only minor criticism I have is that members of the audience would keep on using flash photography during the operas – not so much for Tosca but an awful lot for Aida and I think the organisers could have done more to stop this with more announcements etc but this is just a minor quibble and wouldn’t deter me from either going again or recommending Verona to a friend.

Italian Trio
Puccini's splendid music in lovely surroundings
BN & KU - Forfar

Dear Andrew,
We had a wonderful time with a terrific Tosca, tremendous Turandot but, alas, a disappointing Boheme, especially Mimi who was poor. Only  a couple of very brief rain interruptions so very lucky!

Your arrangements were excellent. Splendid Hotel, very good seats and transportation fine albeit perhaps car - as from airport - might have been better than coach and car so worth at least offering such an alternative?

We were ambitious doing 3 operas in successive evenings and in future would do alternative days as 3 such late nights - around 3a.m. - a bit beyond my stamina these days! Would depend on programme I imagine so please advise details for 2018 as soon as released.

We met many delightful people of many nationalities and discovered a local connection in Lucca. As a result accommodation may be privately secured  - can you do a package excluding accommodation?

Thanks again for your exemplary services.

Italian Summer
Two-centre Puccini & Florence
JM - London

Dear Andrew, 

I hope you are well. A note to thank you for the seamless and excellent trip you arranged for me.

The hotel's were both great - especially the one In Florence.

Perfect position for exploring, given the very high temperatures.

The opera seats you chose were excellent.

And all your carefully planned logistics/tickets etc. worked like clockwork.

A class act!

Best wishes and thanks.

New York, New York...
Magical Renée Fleming
A & M W, Glasgow

Dear Mr. Blair,
All the arrangements worked perfectly, and we really appreciated being able to take an opera break in New York and have all the details worked out for us. In particular it was very good to have the airport transfers sorted out, so that we didn’t have to worry about getting from JFK to Manhattan.
The visits to the Met were truly memorable, especially seeing Renee Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier, an experience we will remember for a long time.
The only thing I’d want to comment on was the hotel. It was ideally positioned, and generally satisfactory (though having a room overlooking the internal well was unfortunate), but we were annoyed by the compulsory facility fee - $124 plus tax for what, for us, amounted to free WiFi and somewhere to leave luggage on the last day seems excessive. Is this normal for New York hotels? My only other experience of the city was going there for a conference, when someone else paid the bill!

But a small blip on what was otherwise an amazing and memorable trip. Many thanks for your service - we hope to use it again soon.

Best wishes

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