Los Angeles and San Diego Art & Opera Tour – 2017

VOG Opera Tours 2017

Los Angeles & San Diego Art & Opera Tour: October 13 – 18, 2017



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The Vancouver Opera Guild invites you to join its exciting fall tour to Los Angeles and San Diego. Under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, LA Opera has become the United States fourth largest opera company in just over a quarter-century of existence. San Diego Opera overcame financial difficulties in 2014 thanks to an out-pouring of public support and encouragement from opera organizations throughout the U.S. and is now a widely respected member of the international opera community. This is the Vancouver Opera Guild’s fifth tour to Los Angeles and its first to San Diego. It features two operas in LA, one in San Diego and visits to the Getty Center and Huntington Library.

Nabucco by Verdi

In Thaddeus Strassberger’s production, the towering biblical drama is exquisitely presented as it might have been staged at its 1842 premiere at Teatro alla Scala. Plácido Domingo continues his astonishing exploration of the Verdi baritone repertory with his portrayal of the title role, with one of today’s brightest stars, Liudmyla Monastyrska, making her company debut as the king’s terrifying daughter, Abigaille. James Conlon conducts.

The Pearl Fishers by Bizet

A beautifully detailed staging, complete with stunning special effects, brings an exotic story to life. Soprano Nino Machaidze, one of LA Opera’s favourite leading ladies, returns as a veiled priestess with a hidden past, pursued by two lifelong friends and romantic rivals. The complicated triangle pushes forbidden love into a final struggle for life and death, until a nearly forgotten secret saves the day. The ravishing score features a rapturous duet for the two rivals that has become one of opera’s all-time greatest hits. Plácido Domingo conducts.

The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert & Sullivan

Gilbert brings the best patter song in all of opera and Sullivan delights us with catchy tunes in this funny operetta. Add San Diego Opera favourite Greer Grimsley and his real-life singing family in the lead roles and you’ll be hooked on this swashbuckling favourite about love, laughter and loyalty.

Tour Schedule

Fri. Oct. 13: Vancouver – Los Angeles
Mid-morning departure from Vancouver via Air Canada to Los Angeles. On arrival transfer to the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel situated in the downtown area and just a short walk to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, home to LA Opera. Welcome reception this afternoon.

Sat. Oct. 14: Getty Center
Morning excursion to the Getty Center which occupies a hilltop site in the Santa Monica Mountains. A unique destination, it incorporates the modern design of architect, Richard Meier, with beautiful gardens, open spaces and spectacular views of Los Angeles. Shows and rotating displays of art from the permanent collection, as well as changing exhibitions, are on view throughout the Museum’s five pavilions.
7:30 p.m. performance of Nabucco.

Sun. Oct. 15: Los Angeles
Morning at leisure.
2:00 p.m. performance of The Pearl Fishers.

Mon. Oct. 16: Los Angeles – San Diego
Leave Los Angeles this morning for the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Three art galleries and a library showcase magnificent collections of paintings, sculptures, rare books and decorative arts. The botanical collection features over 14,000 different species of plants. Continue to San Diego this afternoon and accommodation at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown San Diego.

Tue. Oct. 17: San Diego
Day at leisure to enjoy the many attractions for which San Diego is justly famous.
7:30 p.m. performance of The Pirates of Penzance at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

Wed. Oct. 18: San Diego – Vancouver
Morning at leisure before transferring to the airport for your Air Canada Express-Jazz late afternoon flight to Vancouver.


Tour Cost

Guild Members: Cdn. $2,395 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members: Cdn. $2,445 per person sharing.
Single supplement: Cdn. $890.
Land only: Deduct $200.

Tour Includes:

  • Airfare with Air Canada Vancouver to Los Angeles and San Diego to Vancouver
  • Airport transfers in Los Angeles and San Diego
  • Coach transfer from Los Angeles to San Diego
  • 3 nights accommodation at the Millennium Biltmore including porterage and hotel tax
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Courtyard by Marriott in San Diego including porterage and hotel tax
  • Two opera tickets in Los Angeles
  • One opera ticket in San Diego
  • Excursions to the Getty Center and the Huntington Library
  • Vancouver Opera Guild Tour Director
  • Welcome reception
  • $150 donation to the Vancouver Opera Guild ($200 for non-members)

Tour Does Not Include:

  • Airport taxes and GST of approx. $130
  • Meals in Los Angeles and San Diego and other items of a personal nature

For further information, please call:

Lis Dawson 604-922-8008


Genny MacLean
(Great Expeditions) 604-738-5535

Vancouver Opera Guild