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September 16 - 21, 2017

Globally celebrated artist, Sondra Radvanovsky will be this year’s inaugural Festival Artist, allowing limited guests access to enjoy an intimate solo recital and a Master Class with Opera Philadelphia’s Emerging Artists.  The festival will embrace the gamut of opera from classics such as Barrie Kosky’s innovative production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute making an exclusive East Coast appearance, to new works, including three World Premieres:

  • Elizabeth Cree, a new chamber opera by David Schweitzer and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts with librettist Mark Campbell
  • The Wake World by Opera Philadelphia Composer in Residence David Hertzberg is a site-specific, one-act opera inspired by Dr. Albert C. Barnes’s famed collection and the works of mystical 19th century British poet Aleister Crowley.
  • We Shall Not Be Moved, directed by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, Bill T. Jones and music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

Transforming the city of Philadelphia into a giant urban stage, Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural 2017 season-opening festival O represents a thrilling new way to experience opera. Staged throughout the city of Philadelphia at such key venues as the Academy of Music, the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Wilma Theater, and Independence National Historical Park, the festival will be a major destination for opera buffs and new audiences alike.

The site-specific, war themed, double-bill of Monteverdi’s eerily relevant story of two warriors clashing in battle, Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, staged inside the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s medieval cloister, paired with composer Lembit Beecher and librettist Hannah Moscovitch’s response to Monteverdi’s work, I Have No Stories To Tell You, performed in the museum’s Great Stair Hall reminisce of a time long ago when performances would have been done inside a great hall rather than a conventional theatre.

Tour will encompass five nights of comfort and style, with inclusive breakfast at the historic gem, Hyatt at The Bellevue hotel, walking and guided tours of some of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks and museums, such as the Rodin Museum and soon to be opened Museum of the American Revolution. Fine dining at some of Philadelphia's most respected and sought after establishments.


Saturday, September 16

Independent arrivals and check-in at Hyatt at The Bellevue.  Private car transfers from the airport may be arranged upon request.

This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner in the private Wine Room of Estia, an authentic Greek Mediterranean restaurant. We then walk a short distance to The Wilma Theatre for the 8:00pm world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved (by Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer and directed by MacArthur “Genius” Award winner Bill T. Jones).

Sunday, September 17

After a relaxed morning we will brunch at the ornate XIX Nineteen View Restaurant on the 19th Floor of our hotel, looking out over the city center of Philadelphia.

After brunch we will walk to the Perelman Theatre for a 2:30pm recital by the world-renowned Sondra Radvanovsky.

The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure.

In the evening we transfer by private coach to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for the 8:00pm performance of War Stories.

Monday, September 18

After breakfast we will meet our guide for a walking tour of the area including the Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Park, and Old City neighborhoods. After a brief coffee break, we will make our way to the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution for a visit.  We will finish by 12:30pm to allow for independent time before we depart for the 2:30pm Sondra Radvanovsky Master Class at the Perelman Theatre. 

The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. 

In the evening we transfer by private coach to the Barnes Foundation for the 8:00pm world premiere of The Wake World.

Tuesday, September 19

This morning we will depart by private coach for a guided tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, followed by a visit to the Rodin Museum.

We then transfer for lunch at Urban Farmer, a rural chic sustainable restaurant that incorporates a carefully curated tradition of art, culture and classic elegance.

Transfer back to hotel for a free afternoon.

This evening we walk again to the Perelman Theatre at the Kimmel Center for the 8:00pm performance of Elizabeth Cree.

Wednesday, September 20

Early morning is at your leisure.

Late morning we will walk to the Academy of Vocal Arts for a private inside look of the operations that has educated, cultivated, and continues to groom a long list of opera’s biggest talents since 1934.

This evening will start at 5:00pm with a delightful, farewell dinner at the Butcher & Singer, one of Philadelphia’s most unique and classic steakhouses that beacons the days of old Hollywood.

Walk to the Academy of Music for the 8:00pm performance of Barrie Kosky’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. 

Thursday, September 21

Independent departures. Assisted car transfers to the airport can be made upon request.


  • Five nights hotel at the Hyatt at The Bellevue
  • Premium seating for five operas
  • Sondra Radvanovsky Recital & Master Class
  • Breakfast each day
  • One brunch, one lunch, two dinners
  • Visit to the Academy of Vocal Arts
  • Half day guided sightseeing
  • Rodin, Revolutionary and Philadelphia Art Museum visits
  • Private transfers to and from the operas exceeding 10 minute walk
  • Gratuities for drivers, guides and group dining
  • Fully escorted by Act 1 Tours host

Not included:

  • Airfares, railway or taxi fares to/from hotel or Philadelphia
  • Airport transfers may be reserved upon request


  • $3750 per person with double room occupancy (two beds upon request)
  • $4200 per person with single occupancy in standard rooms

Extra nights: call or email for rates (subject to availability)
Upgrade to deluxe for singles or junior suite for doubles: pricing upon request.


$1,750 per person at time of registration. The deposit is non-refundable as it covers the cost of performance tickets and non-cancelable contractual obligations. Final payment is due by July 15, 2017.


Trip insurance is strongly advised to avoid financial loss should the need to cancel arise for insurable reasons. Act 1 Tours is able to arrange this coverage on your behalf and, with certain policies pre-existing medical conditions may be waived provided coverage is purchased within 15 days of the initial deposit.