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The Sarasota Opera: Attend Three Operas

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Program #13578RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Mar 7 — Mar 11, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA Rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, March 07 - Registration/Orientation/Introductions/Getting to...
Note: Participants do not leave the hotel grounds after arrival today.

Arrive To: Registration is between 3:00 - 4:45pm. Hotel check-in is at 4:00pm, room may be ready earlier.

Afternoon: At 5:00 Orientation of the week and introductions.

Dinner: Dinner will be catered in at the hotel at 6:00pm. Forms are sent out in advance to see if participants are vegetarian. We can't provide special dietary needs meals, if necessary please make your own personal arrangements if needed.

Evening: PRESENTATION: Introduction to "The Pearl Fishers."

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA Rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, March 08 - Lecture by costume designer, Lunch Downtown Saras...
Lecture by costume designer, Lunch Downtown Sarasota, See matinee performance of "The Pearl Fishers," Evening Concert of Apprentice Singers.

Note: Morning classes at hotel. Minimal walking today, participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota Opera House will share trade secrets in our private room.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on your own in Downtown Sarasota. Bus drops participants downtown and participants walk to the restaurant of their choice for lunch, many within one block of the opera house.

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: See 1:30 matinee performance of opera "The Pearl Fishers/Bizet" at Sarasota Opera House. The Pearl Fishers is the story of two men, Nadir and Zurga, whose vow of eternal friendship is threatened by their mutual love for the same woman, the priestess Leila. This proven Sarasota Opera audience favorite features the often-performed Act I duet for tenor and baritone, Au fond du temple saint.

Evening: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a 5:00pm concert of Apprentice Singers held at the opera house.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA Rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, March 09 - Introduction to Opera,Talkback on "The Pearl Fish...
Introduction to Opera,Talkback on "The Pearl Fishers," Preview of "Of Mice and Men"/OPENING NIGHT performance of "Of Mice and Men."

Note: Minimal walking today, participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Intro to opera and its voices.

PRESENTATION: Talkback on "The Pearl Fishers"

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction to "Of Mice and Men."

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: OPENING NIGHT! "Of Mice and Men"/CARLYLE FLOYD. Based on the novel and play by John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men is the story of George Milton and Lennie Small. Struggling for work during the depression era, they dream of one day owning their own farm. When fate forces them down a different path, they must say goodbye to the bright future they had hoped for.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel is located on Lake Osprey in the Nationally Renowned Master Planned Community of Lakewood Ranch, minutes from many of the area attractions. Close to restaurants, a hospital, pharmacy, grocery stores, movie theaters, hair salons etc., some within walking distance.

Contact info:
6231 Lake Osprey Drive
Sarasota, FL 34240 USA
phone: 941-782-4400
web: www.hilr.com

Room amenities: In room coffeemakers, refrigerator, microwave, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, data ports, 2 two-line phones, desk, ergonomic chair, high speed Internet service, plug in or wireless, color TV/remote, in-room pay movies, cable/HBO, alarm clock radio.

Facility amenities: Hotel has a heated outdoor swimming pool/spa, fitness center, full service restaurant, cocktail lounge, room service, on-site laundry facilities, free parking.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: $119-$149 AAA Rate
Please make reservations as soon as possible this hotel fills up quickly during season. Please call the hotel directly at 941-782-4400 not the national toll free number in order to receive the AAA discounted rate.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, March 10 - Talkback on "Mice and Men," Preview of "Turandot,...
Talkback on "Mice and Men," Preview of "Turandot," Dinner will be on your own at St Armands Circle, Evening performance of "Turandot"

Note: Morning classes are at the hotel. Bus will drop off participants at St. Armands Circle for dinner on your own, some restaurants are close to the drop off point and some are up to a 1/2 of a mile away round trip walking. Participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Talkback on "Mice and Men."

PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction of "Turandot."

Lunch: Socialize over lunch with your fellow students at the hotel.

Afternoon: Free afternoon

Dinner: Dinner on your own. A bus will depart for St. Armands Circle, renowned as a continental marketplace. The Circle is a charming and graceful synthesis of past and present. Relax and enjoy a meal from a plethora of award winning restaurants; shop for trinkets and treasures, high fashion and home decor; from gourmet snacks to candlelit feasts, you'll find it all on St. Armands Circle.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: "Turandot"/Puccini at 8:00pm. Set in ancient China, the opera tells the story of the beautiful princess Turandot. Men travel the world to risk their lives by trying to solve three riddles. With the correct answers, one will win the heart of the ice princess, but the wrong answer brings death. Boasting some of the Puccini's most glorious music, including the famous tenor aria Nessun Dorma, Turandot will be the largest production ever staged at Sarasota Opera.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day Five: Monday, March 11 - Visit the Opera House: Behind the Scenes Look, Lu...
Note: Walk behind the scenes involves walking at a moderate pace inside the opera house. There are elevators when we visit the costume shop on the second floor. Participants are dropped off in front of the opera house as close as possible and picked up as close as possible.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Go behind the scenes with a local expert at the Sarasota Opera House, including the costume shop.

Lunch: A box lunch is offered on the last day to allow students who need to catch an early flight to take their lunch with them. Students who do not need to leave can enjoy their lunch in the meeting room or on the patio by the pool. Program ends after lunch.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sarasota, FL
Sarasota attractionsSarasota is known as the cultural arts center of Florida. The area has a plethora of activities: Selby Botanical Gardens, Ringling Museum of Art, Mote Marine Aquarium, Historic Spanish Point, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, Florida WestCoast Symphony, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Sarasota Ballet Co., Asolo Theatre Co., Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks.
For additional information, visit: www.sarasotafl.org/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
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4 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
4 Performances

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4.8
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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