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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 Feb 27 — Mar 3, 2014

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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.

Elevator: Yes

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, February 27 - Arrival & check-in, Registration & Orientation, I...
Arrival & check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions, Preview of "THE BARBER OF SEVILLE."

Note: All activities take place at the hotel tonight.

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: Continuation of introductions, followed by: Preview of "The Barber of Seville,' by an opera singer.

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.

Elevator: Yes

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, February 28 - Opera House Behind the Scenes, Noon Concert of Ap...
Opera House Behind the Scenes, Noon Concert of Apprentice Singers, Evening performance of "The Barber of Seville."

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. Participants walk to the restaurant of their choice for lunch, many within one block of the opera house.

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. (Short break) Noon Concert of Apprentice Opera Singers

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own in charming Downtown Sarasota.

Afternoon: EXCURSION: Explore on your own Sarasota's Downtown, architecture, art galleries, library and much more!

Back to the hotel before dinner and opera.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant on the way to the opera house.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: "The Barber of Seville"/Gioachino Rossini. One of the most beloved works in the operatic repertory returns to Sarasota Opera’s stage. Determined to win the heart of the beautiful Rosina with charm and wit, rather than money, Count Almaviva enlists the help of Figaro, the Barber of Seville, to steal her away from her guardian, Dr. Bartolo.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, 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.

Elevator: Yes

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 01 - Introduction to Opera, Talkback on "The Barber of...
Introduction to Opera, Talkback on "The Barber of Seville," and Preview of "The Flying Dutchman"/OPENING NIGHT "The Flying Dutchman"

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. Coffee Break PRESENTATION: Talkback on "The Barber of Seville"

Lunch: Lunch at hotel.

Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction of "The Flying Dutchman"

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: OPENING NIGHT! "The Flying Dutchman"/Richard Wagner. Ancient lore comes to life in the tale of a cursed sea captain forced to wander the world, ultimately finding redemption in the selfless gift of a woman’s love. Last seen in Sarasota in 2000, the unbridled weight and force of Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman will enthrall audiences as they voyage through this mystical world.

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.

Elevator: Yes

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 02 - Talkback on "The Flying Dutchman," Preview of "Il...
Talkback on "The Flying Dutchman," Preview of "Il Trovatore," and Matinee, Dinner will be on your own at St Armands Circle

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. 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 a great distance under one mile.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Talkback on "The Flying Dutchman" Coffee Break PRESENTATION: Preview and introduction of "Il Trovatore"

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

Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: "Il Trovatore" / Verdi at 1:30 pm. A troubador’s quest for love, a soldier’s lust, and a moth¬er’s undying thirst for vengeance is the story of Verdi’s dramatic opera. Premiered in 1853, Il trovatore features such operatic favorites as the great “Di quella pira” for tenor and the famous “Anvil Chorus.”

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: Continue to explore the rich history and statuary placed by John Ringling on St. Armands Circle.

Lodging: Holiday Inn-Lakewood Ranch

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Five: Monday, March 03 - The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota ...
The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota Opera House will share trade secrets. Lunch immediately follows class.

Note: All activities are at the hotel today.

Breakfast: An enhanced continental breakfast is available.

Morning: PRESENTATION: The assistant costume designer from the Sarasota Opera House will share trade secrets from 9:00-10:30am. Check-out of room by 11:00am.

Lunch: A box lunch is offered at 10:30am 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 AreaSarasota 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. The area also offers several high quality beaches, boat rentals, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Hiking in two local state parks. Sarasota Polo Club is located not far from the hotel.
For additional information, visit: www.visitsarasota.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
at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
10 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
4 Performances

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4.8
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