Danish PUST travels, offers a week of singing in the company of other dedicated opera fans, a professional soloist and pianist, working on the ins and outs of the greatest operas, leading up to the thrilling experience of a live concert, staged and dramatically lit the authentic setting of the Medieval Itallian village, Castel Vittorio. The concert is a public event, recognized by people in the surrounding area, and attended by both native Italians, tourists, and the participants’ families.
On our last trip in July 2016-2017, the music included: ’Toreadorarien, Vilja o Vilja, Habaneraen’ (also from Carmen), ’Libiamo’ (La Traviata), ’Mein Herr Marquis’ (Die Fledermaus), ’Barcarollen’ (Hoffmann’s Adventure), ’Coro’s parts’ (Madama Butterfly)
Instruction takes place in the former church of Santa Caterina, in English and Italian, with the Danish director Torben H.S. Svendsen http://pustrejser.dk/undervisere/dirigent-torben-h-s-svendsen/
And the German pianist Christian Von Gehren
The Danish soprano Elsebeth Dreisig joins the choir at the end of the week for the final concert.
How to get there:
Lodging is not included in the price. Participants in our Opera Trip usually stay in the nearby village Pigna. Pigna, which is about 3 kilometers away from Castel Vittorio, offers a variety of local delicacies, Michelin recommended restaurants, and a fascinating example of an Italian Medieval fortress, with its network of Labyrinth-like tiny streets and alleyways. There is a free shuttle bus that runs to Castel Vittorio several times a day. We also provide a shuttle bus for the excursions.
For lodging in Pigna, PUST recommends the following possibilities below, and we are happy to help you make a reservation and/or put you in direct contact with the hosts.
– Cabins: Cosy, safari-style cabins located nearby the scenic river the flows through Pigna. Excellent for family trips.
– Airbnb: rooms / or apartments. App. 80 euro per night/doubleroom. Single room 70 euro. Includes a nice breakfast.
– Rental: apartments or houses in Pigna. Prices from 800 euro for an private apartment usually for 3-4 people for 1 week.
– Camping: Camping delle Rose: about 10 kilometers from Castel Vittorio. A car is necessesary. http://www.campingdellerose.eu/
PLEASE NOTE: There are many steps and cobble stones in both Castel Vittorio and on our excursions. Please bring good walking shoes.