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Country: Lithuania
City: Vilnius
Duration: 3 Day(s) - 2 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Opera arts in Lithuania were born in the beginning of the 17th century. 36 years have passed as opera genre was born in Florence, and on September 4, 1636 the first opening night of the opera "Il ratto di Helena" by playwright Virgilio Puccitelli and unknown composer was produced at the Vilnius Lower Castle. The first Lithuanian opera "Birutė" by Mikas Petrauskas and Gabrielius Landsbergis Žemkalnis was produced in 1906. The first opening night, which was opera "La traviata" by Giuseppe Verdi, took place on December 31, 1920. Famous Lithuanian singers such as Kipras Petrauskas and Adelė Galaunienė took parts in this production under the baton of Juozas Tallat-Kelpša. Thus the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre became the biggest theatre in Lithuania fostering opera and ballet arts.

While reviewing the repertory of the theatre the proportional arrangement of different national schools is obvious. Though the biggest part of the repertory usually consists of the opuses by Italian and French romanticists and verists

At the present moment the opera company of the theatre consists of 31 soloists. The theatre often invites different soloist from abroad to perform parts in the productions of the theatre and also receives a lot of guest performers. Many opera soloists have worked on probation in different opera centers in Milan, Sofia and elsewhere. They also are laureates of international competitions, often invited to different world wide famous theatres. During the season (September - June) the opera company performs approximately 20 productions and premieres 2 performances at the average. About 10 operas are performed per month. Gift yourself a splendid evening at the opera!

More about  Lithuanian  National Opera  http://www.opera.lt/en/about-the-theatre/opera

 

Day 1: VILNIUS

Arrival at Vilnius airport. Transfer to the hotel. Check-in.

In the evening optional: opera performance in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

OVERNIGHT: Vilnius 

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Day 2: VILNIUS-TRAKAI-VILNIUS (50 km)

After breakfast walking  city  tour of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania for more than 600 years. The tour includes: Cathedral Square, St.Ann and Bernardines’ Church, the Gates of Dawn with the holy image of the Virgin Mary, Russian Orthodox Church of the Holy Spirit, Town Hall Square and Vilnius University (founded in 1579) with St. John’s Church.

Optional: visit to Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. During the tour you will have the opportunity to come to now about the foundation's history of  Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, its activities and structure, the work of the various departments of theater. You will learn about the formation of opera in Italy and the first performance of the opera in Palace  of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania ,as well about  the development of opera in Lithuania. Behind the scenes to will learn about the scene equipment, process of  performance and inspect during the  performances used props and will have a look at costumes storage, rehearsal rooms, scenery workshop.

Afternoon optional trip to Trakai (25 km from Vilnius), the former capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Visit to the insular castle of the 14th century, erected on a small island in the Lake Galve. Return to Vilnius.

In the evening optional: opera performance in Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre.

OVERNIGHT: Vilnius 

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Day 3: VILNIUS

Breakfast. Transfer to Vilnius airport. End of the tour.

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