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Opera at Hidden Valley

Program Number: 20875RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/13/2013 - 9/16/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Carmel Valley, California
Price starting at: $625.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    

The renowned Hidden Valley Opera Ensemble opens its doors to Road Scholar during a production featuring great young American singers and an artistic staff of distinguished conductors, directors, and designers. Go behind the scenes to meet and talk with the people who create music theatre. In addition to preparation and performance of the opera itself, explore what Robert Louis Stevenson called “the most beautiful meeting of land and water on the face of the earth” — the Monterey Peninsula.




Highlights

• Attend a performance in the intimate 350-seat Hidden Valley theatre where you are just “arms length” from the music and action.
• Hear and talk with outstanding young singers who will be the international stars of tomorrow as well as notable veterans.
• Immerse yourself in the ambience of Hidden Valley, home of enlightened ensemble opera on the Monterey Peninsula for more than a decade, capitalizing on imagination and superb talent for its remarkable achievements.



Coordinated by Hidden Valley Institute.




Carmel Valley

Still charmingly rural, Carmel Valley today includes not only rustic ranches, but also modern wineries and art galleries. This inland region, most famously described in the writings of John Steinbeck, is neighbor to nearby Carmel and Monterey Bay.



Accommodations
Simple, single-story residence with small, cheery rooms. Two twin beds and private baths. All rooms open to an outside covered walk. Buffet-style meals served in dining room on site. Coffee and tea 24 hours.
Meals and Lodgings
   Wright Hall
  Carmel Valley, CA 3 nights
 Wright Hall
Type: Campus/Dorm
  Contact info: Carmel Valley Road at Ford Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924 USA
phone: 831-659-3115
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $40/single - $25 ea./double Additional nights may be reserved only when available. Cost: $40/single - $25 ea./double
  Additional nights after: $40/single - $25 ea./double Additional nights may be reserved only when available. Cost: $40/single - $25 ea./double


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check-in 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm You will be staying at Wright Hall that night.
  End of Program:
After 11:00 AM Farewell Brunch & Graduation. You will be staying at Wright Hall the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Ample free parking.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Carmel Valley, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Carmel Valley
  Nearest highway: Highway 1, Highway 68, Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  Monterey Peninsula Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Carmel Valley, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Salinas

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

 

Carmel

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 12 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service which brings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service.

 

Monterey Peninsula

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Central Coast Taxi
phone: 831-646-8294

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 10 miles

   

Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

Salinas

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Sal's Taxi
phone: 831-422-7276

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $60
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 25 miles

   

The Amtrak train has a service which brings people by bus to an outdoor terminal in Carmel. You must give Carmel as your final destination when purchasing your tickets for the train. You must be able to manage your own luggage to use this service. Central Coast Taxi (831-636-3333) serves this area and can bring you to Hidden Valley.

 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 100 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 

San Jose

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Monterey/Salinas Airbus
phone: 831-373-7777

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 subject to change without notice
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

Approximately 80 miles

   

The Airbus takes riders to an outdoor terminal in Monterey. Hidden Valley can provide transportation by prior arrangement from Monterey terminals except Amtrak bus ($20/person).

 
Driving Directions
  Anywhere Hidden Valley is located exactly 11.2 miles east of Hwy 1 on the Carmel Valley Road (G-16) in Carmel Valley, California. Traveling east on G-16, Hidden Valley is located on the right side just past Ford Road. The campus entrance is distinguished by a hand-carved sign denoting Hidden Valley, An Institute of the Arts. Traveling on Hwy 101 heading north (from the south), take the Monterey Peninsula exit in Salinas (called Sanborn Road) and follow it west (Sanborn Rd. becomes Blanco Road) to Hwy 68. Turn left onto Hwy 68 (west) and follow it about 9 miles until you see a sign for Laureles Grade (G-20) to Carmel Valley. Turn left onto G-20 and follow it until it ends (6 miles) at Carmel Valley Road. Turn left again and follow it to Hidden Valley (approx. 2 miles). Traveling on Hwy 101 heading south (from the north), Take the Monterey Peninsula/Hwy 156 exit and follow it west about 5 miles where it will automatically put you onto Hwy 1. Traveling on Hwy 1, simply come to the Carmel Valley Road (just south of Carmel) and once on the Carmel Valley Road, come out 11.2 miles.
Elevation Note: Sea level.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in/Welcome Dinner
(Friday, September 13)
   
 Afternoon: 2:00 - 5:00 PM: Check-in; 5:00 PM: Wine, Juice, & Cheese Reception in the Fireside Room.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Welcome Dinner served buffet style followed by Orientation.
 Evening: 7:30 pm Introduction to the opera. This evening's orientation includes a description of the work itself and the tremendous amount of organization necessary to produce it. The Production/Stage manager allows us to see, through the eyes of the chief artistic and technical orgainzer, the complicated challenge of keeping the artistic goals in sight while pulling together the efforts of nearly 75 production personnel. There will be time for questions and observations.
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Director/Designer & Lighting Designer explain about the challenges & development of the production. In-depth discussion with Music Director/Conductor. Performance.
(Saturday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM: The Director/Designer and the Lighting Designer of this production, share with us the challenges of developing a production concept and seeing to it that that concept is carried into what we see on stage and what the singers do to tell the story with artistic integrity and high entertainment value. We have the opportunity to see original concept drawings, share ideas about the meanings and ideas presented by the work, and begin to understand what to look and listen for in the afternoon's performance. The use of lighting, projections, and some sophisicated technologies to create the feeling of the work are discussed by the Lighting Designer.
 Lunch: 12:00 PM: Fresh vegetables & sandwich makings served buffet style.
 Afternoon: 1:30 PM: The Music Director/Conductor discusses the enormous task of unifying the musical efforts of dozens of wonderfully talented singers and instrumentalists into a focused and powerful musical event. Understanding the way in which the music speaks when the language cannot and then using that to forward the artistic esperience for the audience is the magic of opera. Here is a chance to see the challenges and the opportunities and decisions musical leadership must make.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:30 PM: Performance. Reception follows.
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: A discussion with cast, director, & designer. Field trip of the highlights of the Monterey/Carmel area. Later, the singers share an inside view about their roles in the performance and the pursuit of a musical career.
(Sunday, September 15)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM Breakfast.
 Morning: 9:30 AM:Performance Reflections with singers, director, designer.
 Lunch: 12:00 PM Lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM Field Trip: Highlight tour of the Carmel/Monterey area.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM: Dinner.
 Evening: 7:00 PM: And now the singers. From among America's top vocal and theatre talent, these performers will share with us an inside view of what it means to pursue a musical career as a singer today. The hopes, the artistic responsibilities, the challenges of being in a "rarified" field. Each singer will also speak about the particular role we saw them perform and explain the process of developing that role.
   
Accommodations: Wright Hall
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Monday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: 8:30 AM Breakfast & Farewell.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Carmel Valley, CA Allen Knight Maritime Museum
Near Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf
  Art Galleries
Over 35 art galleries in Carmel.
  Cannery Row
This street, once the home of the sardine canneries from JohnSteinbeck's "Cannery Row," now houses restaurants, galleries, unique shops, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  Carmel Mission
Visit the historic Carmel Missionestablished by Father Junipero Serra.
  Colton Hall
A Museum of History about the days when Monterey was theCalifornia capitol.
  Fisherman's Wharf
Stroll along Monterey's Fisherman's Wharf to watch the seals, pelicans, & people.
  Garland Park
Hiking trails for every level of experience -- from easy, flat trails to ery challenging steep hikes.
  Monterey Bay Aquarium
The Monterey Bay Aquarium, on historic Cannery Row.
  Monterey's Path of History
Take a self0guided walking tour and see the historic adobes along Monterey's Path of History.
  Shopping
Carmel Rancho Carmel Barnyard Carmel Crossroads Ocean Avenue, Carmel Del Monte Center, Monterey
  Walk on the beach
Stroll along beautiful Scenic Drive in Carmel. Sit on one of the benches overlooking the beaches of Carmel Bay from Pebble Beach to Point Lobos.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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