The San Francisco Opera Productions:

Roberto Devereux by Gaetano Donizetti
Queen Elizabeth’s rule over her nation is ironclad but a secret passion threatens to consume her.At court, the Earl of Essex faces whispers of treason amidst rumours about his relationship with the Queen.She must decide whether to sign his death warrant in an impossible choice between love and country.Donizetti’s romantic masterpiece stars the inimitable soprano Sondra Radvanosvsky in one of her signature roles as Elizabeth and Jamie Barton as her friend and rival, the Duchess of Nottingham.“This absolutely thrilling production of Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux puts the ‘grand’ back into grand opera” (Toronto Star).

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci by Pietro Mascagni and Ruggero Leoncavallo
For the first time in 15 years, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci return in a gripping double feature seething with the raw passion, jealousy and heartbreak that can only result from a scandalous, small-town affair.Set in the colourful heart of the Italian Quarter in Buenos Aires, José Cura’s production deftly intertwines the two beloved stories, offering a powerful reflection on life, love and death.Lianna Haroutounian, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Roberto Aronica and Marco Berti lead this powerhouse cast.

The San Francisco Symphony:
Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Pianist Yuja Wang and Appalachian Spring
Hear Yuja Wang, “quite simply the most dazzling, uncannily gifted pianist in the concert world today” (San Francisco Chronicle), play Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand – a piece flavoured by Harlem jazz.Then experience a different thread in the American tapestry when Michael Tilson Thomas leads the San Francisco Symphony in Copland’s complete ballet Appalachian Spring, an iconic score that captures the pioneering spirit of American optimism.

Tour Includes

  • Return excursion airfare to San Francisco
  • Airport transfers in San Francisco
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Handlery Union Square Hotel including baggage handling and tax
  • Tour reception
  • Two opera tickets (Dress Circle seating)
  • One symphony ticket
  • Bus transfer from the Opera House/Symphony Hall to the hotel after each performance
  • Vancouver Opera Guild Tour Director
  • $150 donation to the Vancouver Opera Guild ($200 for non-members)

Tour Does Not Include

  • Airport taxes and GST of approx. $130
  • Meals in San Francisco, and other items of a personal nature

Wed. Sept. 12:Vancouver - San Francisco
Morning flight with Air Canada to San Francisco and transfer to the Handlery Union Square Hotel.
4:00 p.m. reception at the hotel.
7:30 p.m. performance of Cavalleria Rusticana/-Pagliacci at the War Memorial Opera House.

Thu. Sept. 13:San Francisco
8:00 p.m. San Francisco Symphony performance at Davies Symphony Hall with pianist Yuja Wang and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Fri. Sept. 14:San Francisco
7:30 p.m. performance of Roberto Devereux at the War Memorial Opera House.

Sat. Sept. 15:San Francisco - Vancouver
Transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight with Air Canada to Vancouver.

Guild Members:Cdn. $1,945 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members:Cdn. $1,995 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Single supplement:$615.

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking with balance due by August 1st.For bookings made after August 1st, full payment is required at time of booking.

The deposit of $500 is non-refundable from date paid.For cancellations received after August 1st, any refund is subject to the amount actually recovered from the suppliers.

Our comprehensive insurance package covers trip cancellation/interruption in the event of cancellation due to personal or family illness, excess hospital/medical benefits, baggage and travel accident.

  • For those under 61 years, the premium is $129.00.
  • From 61 to 65 years, the premium is $139.00.
  • From 66 - 70 the premium is $151.00,
  • from 71 – 76 $205.00 and
for those 77+ the premium is $331.00.
Premiums are higher for those paying a single supplement.
Some exclusions for pre-existing conditions do apply.Please ask for details.

Tour costs are based on Dress Circle tickets for the two operas and are estimated for the symphony.However, the final ticket orders will not be confirmed until June or July so a minor adjustment to the tour cost could occur.Great Expeditions is not responsible for last minute changes in the opera and symphony programs nor to the performers.

Prices quoted are in Canadian dollars based on a full tour, and airfares and foreign exchange rates in effect at time of printing (April 2018).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.

For further information, please contact:
Elisabeth Dawson 604-922-8008
Genny MacLean (Great Expeditions) 604-738-5535

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