Our lovingly designed, personally hosted tours feature the magic of music...Soprano Jennifer Parish and baritone Stewart Cameron delight in sharing their passion for travel. They design their hosted tours for lovers of good music, fascinating destinations and the finer things in life. Destinations in Europe and Asia are offered or, closer to home, travel packages to attend their annual 'Opera in Paradise' Festival, the annual 'Opera on the Harbour' in Sydney and other special musical events. Each tour is tailor-made from the ground up, to include thrilling and personally-selected performances, as well as special experiences not offered by large travel companies. Our tours are so popular, they are all 'guaranteed departure ' ( not dependent on numbers ), so you never run the risk of being 'cancelled'.
We also offer a Wholesale Group Travel service for independent travel companies, clubs, associations, choirs, schools and orchestras. Let us create a fun & unique trip for you, based on your schedule.
- To enquire about our hosted Music Lovers Tours CLICK HERE or to enquire about our Tailor-Made Group Travel Service CLICK HERE
- View photos and reviews of our recent trips CLICK HERE
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Superstars of Opera
Sydney - July 2018
Verdi Festival - Oct 2018
Our fabulous tour to the Parma Verdi Opera Festival + La Scala - now in its 2nd year. Many visits & activities from Bologna, Reggio Emilia, Parma & Milan on a Verdi musical pilgrimage. 75% sold
Operatif on Norfolk
Norfolk Island - Mar 2018
Our return to this tiny island offers a marvellous week of history, culture, scenery and informal concerts of popular opera, song & light classics. Tours & convivial occasions. SOLD OUT
Opera on the Harbour
Sydney - April 2018
Enjoy Premium seats to the iconic Handa Opera on the Harbour. Our 4-night package offers sightseeing, convivial meals / activities and a unique 5-star Circular Quay hotel. 85% sold.
England & Wales
Aug/Sept - 2018
A much-requested tour with many musical elements - Opera at Covent Garden, West End musical, Welsh Choir & many unique places of interest. Devon, Bath, The Cotswolds, Cornwall, Wales, London & more. 70% sold.
Read more at http://australia.etbtravelnews.com/128130/opera-in-paradise-festival-norfolk-island-2/
OPERATIF! are already putting together another winning program of concerts, scheduled to take place in a variety of evening and daytime slots.
“There is so much to do on Norfolk Island, we are mindful of allowing our Festival attendees plenty of opportunities to take in the many excellent local tours, explore the island and its historic sites or simply laze about and enjoy the scenery and fresh air,” said Stewart Cameron - co-founder of Opera in Paradise and OPERATIF.
‘Opera in Paradise,’ will be in its 12th year in March 2018, and with enthusiasm for the event growing each time, the producers, OPERATIF! anticipate their best ever attendance in 2018.
“We believe that enjoyment of the marvellous and varied concerts is heightened when people are on holiday, relaxed and with no pre-concert traffic or parking problems,’ Stewart said. ‘You can feel that the audience is relaxed and in a good spirits and that in turn lifts the performers. The concerts are all different and feature popular opera highlights, different styles of song, including hits from the musicals, best-loved piano solos and duets and to cap things off…some stunning violin pieces. Anyone who loves good music will be thrilled with the concerts, which are always highly appealing and feature well-known pieces. CLICK HERE to hear first about Opera in Paradise 2018
CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT OUR LAST 'OPERA IN PARADISE'
Flight times ( based on current schedules )
- from Brisbane : 10.20am departure, 1.40pm arrival - Saturday 10th March
- to Brisbane : 2.55pm departure, 4.20pm arrival - Saturday 17th March
- from Sydney : 9.50am departure, 12.30pm arrival - Sunday, 11th March
- to Sydney : 1.40pm departure, 4.25pm arrival - Sunday, 18th March
- from Auckland : 9.30am departure, 9.30am arrival - Sunday, 11th March
- to Auckland : 10.40am departure, 2.30pm departure - Sunday, 11th March
- departures from Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will be via Sydney or Brisbane.
Dolce Vita Italy
May/June - 2019
Join our glorious springtime sojourn living 'La Dolce Vita' ( the good life ) in Bella Italia. Far from the touristy 'bucket-list' trips to Italy, we savour many delights in hilltop villages & coastal towns on the Adriatic & Riviera
ITALY - THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED - 30th May to 25th JUNE 2018
Join us for this special tour to our '2nd-home'. Enjoy places missed by most travellers to this atmospheric country as we visit Italy’s hidden gems with opera, classical & folk performances along the way. We will never be far from major centres ( for performances ), while enjoying the 'Road Less Travelled'. Please read on for our draft itinerary - still in development, and there will be changes, but you will get the idea!
We fly into Dubai ( with stopover ) and then Rome and take the short drive into the Lazio countryside to the gorgeous lakeside town of Bolsena. Here we gather our strength after the flight and then start exploring the incredible Etruscan history of the area in towns such as Tuscania & Tarquinia. The Etruscans were much-admired by the Romans and inspired many of the advances associated with them. After also seeing on eof the great gardens ofItaly, we travel through the Maremma area of Southern Tuscany to a real favourite of ours in the Val D'Orcia - the town of San Quirico d'Orcia. There is much to do in the local area as we take in markets, wineries and charming villages, but on the way we will visit Pitigliano and its unique Jewish architecture. While here, we will enjoy a private performance by a fabulous musical group, who will perform all the great traditional and Neapolitan songs from days gone by.
Our next stop is Puccini's town of Lucca, but on the way we enjoy hill-top towns such as Montepulciano - with views to the whole region. We also stop in one of Tuscany's best kept secret spots in the Casentino valley: Poppi Castle and the Pieve di San Pietro A Romena where we have a lavish lunch on local specialties incuding game, mushrooms and wild herbs. In Lucca we visit Puccini's home and enjoy a performance of arias and duets - from Puccini - of course. WE will also travel over to Torre del Lago - the lakeside town where Puccini lived and composed for so many years. ( his lakeside house is a Museum to his life ). From Lucca, we move a little way north - not to the over-rated and over-crowded Cinque Terre - but to Pistoia and then the incomparable Sestri Levante on the Italian Riviera. ( pictured above). This is the 'real Riviera', as the Italians enjoy it. We will enjoy drinks on a magnificent hotel terrace overlooking the bay and just soak up the Dolce Vita. From Sestri Levante, we will visit some of the other charming towns of the Riviera region, including Portofino and Camoglie. We will also visit the stunning Abbey of Cervera.
After here, we track across the north to Montagnana where we base ourselves for visits to Ferrara, Padova, Verona and some Palladian Villas before moving on into the Veneto where we stay in the charming walled town of Castelfranco Veneto or Asolo. Here we visit Valdobbiadene, the home of Prosecco and Conegliano, Vittorio Veneto, Feltre and some of the Ville Bellunesi.
Our final stop is the incomparable 'Seremissima' - Venice, where we stay at our favourite hotel, just a 5 minute walk from San Marco but also so close to La Fenice Opera House ( where we will see a performance ) and the Accademia / Dorsoduro area ( where we will see another performance ), with its artisan shops and cute wine bars - frequented mostly by locals ( we know a few ! ). We fly out direct to Dubai from Venice's San Marco Airport.
Early arrival can be booked to get to Rome before us or an extended stay in Venice ( or elsewhere ) at end of tour also possible.
EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST & SEND US AN EMAIL ( there will be an opportunity to 'Reserve Your Place' before end January 2017 )
June - 2017
Our 2017 tour to Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic & Slovakia was sold out 11 months in advance. A spectacular array of opera & concert performances. We plan to repeat this tour so watch this space.
24th August - 19th September, 2018
Our planned tour to London, the South of England and Wales has enjoyed a big response and work is well underway on this one. Enjoy opera at Covent Garden and The English National Opera, theatre in the West End and many London highpoints.
Prior to this we will stay in Devon & Cornwall, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford, Salisbury and 'The Green, Green Grass of Home....', Wales - both north and south - including a quaint little village! Here we will enjoy glorious scenery and wonderful singing, including a private male choir performance in a small, privately-owned opera house!
Other highlights include : Shakespeare performance ( Stratford upon Avon or London's Globe ), gorgeous fishing villages of Devon - including Doc Martin's Port Issaac', The Clive of India Museum, Portmeiron, Bodnant Castle, Jane Austen Museum, Buckingham Palace visit, Backstage tour of The Globe and/or Covent Garden and/or The Royal Albert Hall, Dinner Cruise on the Thames, walking in Dickens' footsteps and the Churchill War Rooms.
We've decided to concentrate on this bountiful pocket of the UK so we could really do it justice. You will soon be able to reserve your place. In the meantime, please EMAIL US if you would like to be kept informed.
Bayreuth & Wagner
August - 2020
There has been very good interest in a tour to the iconic Bayreuth
Festival to experience Wagner's Ring Cycle performed in the theatre
which the composer designed and oversaw construction of. 2020 will be the first year of the brand-new production of 'The Ring' ( with only other operas being offered in 2018 and 2019 ). Please EMAIL US if you would like to be kept up-to-date as planning procceds.
In the meantime, enjoy The Ride of the Valkyrie CLICK HERE
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