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The Verdi Festival in Parma

Emilia-Romagna 6 nights Price from £2,987 per person
Departs: 05 Oct 2022
Departs: 05 Oct 2022

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The annual Verdi Festival takes place in one of Italy’s most beautiful historic cities, Parma. It is here in the countryside around Parma that Verdi was born, grew up and lived for much of his life. This year, all three performances take place in the Teatro Regio, one of the most beautiful theatres in Italy. The tour will be led by art historian and opera specialist, Patrick Bade.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Two dinners
  • Two lunches
  • Tickets for three performances as described (in poltrone)
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer


  • Day 1 - Arrival

    We fly from London to Bologna and transfer to Parma where we stay at the 4 star Mercure Parma Stendhal in the centre of this vibrant city.
  • Day 2 - Discovering Parma

    The day is spent in Parma, which was the seat of the all-powerful Farnese Family. We visit the important art collection at the Palazzo della Pilotta with many fine works including paintings by Correggio and Parmigianino. We will also see the Teatro Farnese - the first theatre with a proscenium arch and the great Romanesque cathedral with frescoes by Correggio.
  • Day 3 - Verdi

    The entire day is devoted to Verdi. We will drive to Busseto today to visit Villa Verdi where many of the rooms are arranged just as the composer left them. We will have lunch at the Hotel I due Foscari, once owned by one of the greatest Verdi singers of all time, Carlo Bergonzi. Today his son Marco welcomes guests. We end the day with a visit to the humble farm dwelling where Verdi was born in 1813.
  • Day 4 - Another day in Parma

    Staying again in Parma we will visit the house where Arturo Toscanini was born on 27 March 1867. Later we will go to the Camera di San Paolo where we will see one of the jewels of Parma – the frescoed ceilings by Correggio. The rest of the day is free.
  • Day 5 - Cremona

    The day is spent in Cremona, a delightful historic town in Lombardy. Stradivarius was born here and today the town is full of luthiers still producing finely crafted instruments in their ateliers. We also visit the cathedral and the Museum of the Violin which has an unrivalled collection of historic instruments.
  • Day 6 - Lunch and Parma

    The morning is free for further enjoyment of Parma which, in addition to its musical heritage, is considered to be the gourmet capital of Italy. We will have lunch at the Antico Corte Pallavicina, a magnificent restaurant on the banks of the River Po.
  • Day 7 - Flight back to London

    We return to Bologna today for the flight back to London.

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 14.30 arrive Bologna 17.45
Depart Bologna 11.45 arrive London Heathrow 13.05

Flight schedule subject to change

Departure Dates and Prices

05 Oct 2022

Status Limited

Price from£2987

Single Supp.£360

Call 020 7593 2284
Patrick Bade

Patrick Bade

Tour Leader

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Music Programme

6 October: 20.00 (Teatro Regio di Parma)
Simon Boccanegra
First performed at La Fenice, Venice on 12 March 1857
Conductor: Riccardo Frizza
Arturo Toscanini Orchestra
Chorus of Teatro Regio, Parma
Simon Boccanegra: Vladimir Stoyanov
Jacopo Fiesco: Riccardo Zanellato
Amelia Grimaldi: Roberta Mantegna
Gabriele Adorno: Piero Pretti
Paolo Albiani: Devid Cecconi

9 October: 20.00 (Teatro Regio di Parma)
La forza del destino
First performed at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre, St Petersburg on 10 November 1862.
Conductor: Roberto Abbado
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Comunale, Bologna
Leonora: Liudmyla Monastyrska
Alvaro: Gregory Kunde
Carlo: Enkhbat Amartvshin
Preziosilla: Annalisa Stroppa
Melitone: Roberto De Candia

10 October: 20.00 (Teatro Regio di Parma)
Gala Verdiana
Leading Italian soprano, Rosa Feola is joined by her husband, the baritone Sergio Vitale in an evening of arias by Verdi celebrating the composer’s 209th birthday. Their pianist is Fabio Centanni.

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