Opera Chorus-week

Kort beskrivelse: Are you part of a choir in your hometown? Do you love singing along to the great operas of Verdi, Rossini and Wagner? Opera Chorus Week offers the chance to perform the most beloved operas as you stand on the cobble stones of a Medieval town piazza, high in the hills of Liguria in northern Italy, joined by other singers, professional soloists and musicians.

Pris: 490 €

Næste kursus-rejse: 15. - 22. juli 2018  Bestil plads Se alle rejser


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.



  • Non-professional singers, with choir experience. (You will be asked to specify your voice type when applying. Sheet music will be sent by email one month in advance).
  • Whole choirs are also welcome, but individual registration is required.


How to get there:

  • The nearest airport is in Nice 65 km from Pigna/Castelvittorio. Flights arrive from all major cities in Europe that arrive everyday.
  • To get to Ventimiglia in Italy, you must either rent a car at Nice airport OR take the airport bus to the central train station in Nice (about 30 min). There are departures to Ventimiglia every hour. It takes 45 minutes. At the trainstation in Ventimiglia PUST can arrange a pick-up that will take you to your chosen lodging. If you have chosen to stay in Pigna you won’t need a car. PUST will take care of your daily transport to Castel Vittorio, where rehearsels take place.


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/


  • If you need a little break from all the singing – draw fresh inspiration from the Mediterranean Sea! PUST will arrange for transportation, upon request, to Ventimiglia, the nearest coastal town 20 km away. There are also buses that can take you to the small picturesque Medieval villages nearby. On top of that, there is ample opportunity for hiking and discovering some glorious views across the hills of the surrounding area.
  • Swimming. In July it’s very warm in Italy, and the Mediterranean sea isn’t far away, but luckily there’s also a natural mountain lake near Castel Vittorio, where you can go swimming in crystal clear water with a view of the hills.
  • Our particpants can bike along the Mediterranean from Ventimiglia to the beautiful old coastal town of San Remo. There is a brand new bike path that follows along the coast, and we are happy to arrange a trip and help our participants rent all the necessary bikes and gear. Tuesday and Saturdays in San Remo offer a huge outdoor market with lots of lovely deals and temptations.
  • Restaurants – the food is a journey in itself!
    There are no less than three wonderful restaurants in the tiny village of Castel Vittorio, which serve both the Italian classics and local delicacies – a wonderfully relaxing way to get around the notorious ’tourist trap meals’. Our friendship and collaboration with the local restaurants, means that our participants get to experience food genuinely cooked with respect for the local traditions.

PLEASE NOTE: There are many steps and cobble stones in both Castel Vittorio and on our excursions. Please bring good walking shoes.

Ugens Program

Day 1
  •  Noon: Arrival in Castel Vittorio and introduction to the week of music, singing and excursions.
  • We take a small tour of the village and sing some songs together. A lite lunch is served, and afterwards a shuttle bus takes the participants to Pigna.
Day 2
  • 9.30-12.30 Rehearsal starts!
  • 13.00 Shared or individual lunch
  • Kl.15.30 - 17.00 singing workshop
Day 3
  • 9.30-12.30 Rehearsal
  • 13.00 Shared or individual lunch
  • 15.30-17.00 Practice continues with the individual voice groups.
Dag 4
  • 9.30-12.30 Rehearsal
  • 13.00 Shared or individual lunch
  • 15.30 – 17:00 Practice continues with the individual voice groups.
Dag 5 
  • 9.30-12.30 Rehearsal
  • 15.30 Voice group workshop
  • 20.00 Dinner in Castel Vittorio
Dag 6
  • We will spend the morning together in Ventimiglia going through the outdoor markets (pick-up in Pigna), where there are lots of wonderful temptations, such as local foods, leather bags, and so on!
  • 16.30-19.30  Rehearsal
Dag 7
  • 15 -18 Dress rehearsal for the concert
  • 19.00 Concert on the main piazza and thereafter a final dinner at Restaurant Busciun in Castel Vittorio.

Praktisk info

Total cost 490 euro - Includes:
  • Daily choir practice (approx. 4 hours daily) + final dressrehearsel and concert.
  • A welcome lunch on the 15th of July in Castelvittorio.
  • Final dinner after the concert on the 21st of July.
  • Contact and service from PUST, that offers assistance finding a place to stay, finding transportation and other practical iussues.
  • A print out of the music scores can be send to your home address if you don’t have the possibility of printing yourself, for an extra fee of 50 euro.
Payment and cancellation terms: Payment is made directly to PUST. A 200 euro per person deposit is required on booking in order to confirm your reservation. The remaining amount is due one month before the trip. The deposit is non-refundable. PUST is a registered travel agency with the Danish Travel Guarantee Fund. If you would like more informaiton about the trip or have any other questions, please send an email to Pia Scharling, founder and owner of PUST at: info@pustrejser.dk. Phone number: +45 31264100.