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|Puerto Vallarta ProMusica Announces Opera Tours to Guadalajara|
Patrick Harrison - P. Gringo Marketing & PR
September 22, 2010
Puerto Vallarta ProMusica and Superior Tours Vallarta are thrilled to announce a partnership on a new tour; 2 days / 1 night in Guadalajara for you to experience the spectacular artistry of New York's Metropolitan Opera live broadcasts at Guadalajara's beautiful Teatro Diana or a shopping tour in Tlaquepaque.
For twelve various weekends starting October 8 through May 13, the tour will leave Vallarta on Friday morning and will head directly to Guadalajara, where you will check-in to the quaint Hotel Cervantes. After lunch (not included), there will be a walking tour (included, but optional) of the sites in the Centro/Historical district.
The rest of the day is free for you to explore Guadalajara on your own or you may join in on the optional group dinner (not included). Dinner will be within walking distance of the hotel at the well-known and very reasonably priced restaurant, La Fonda de San Miguel, a former convent converted to a gorgeous restaurant with fantastic Mexican food.
On Saturday morning, the hotel will serve an excellent breakfast buffet (included). For our clients that select the opera, we will transport you to the Teatro Diana. New York’s Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live, high-definition performance transmissions to theaters around the world returns for a fifth season. This year, the line-up includes 12 diverse operas, including Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Verdi’s Don Carlo and Adams’ Nixon in China. For a complete list, please visit SuperiorToursVallarta.com.
The first opera has been in rehearsal for over a year in Canada and will be the perfect way to kick off the season. Two unparalleled artists join forces to create a groundbreaking new Ring for the Met: Maestro James Levine and director Robert Lepage.
The cycle launches with Das Rheingold, the prologue to Wagner’s epic drama. "The Ring is not just a story or a series of operas, it’s a cosmos," says Lepage, who brings cutting-edge technology and his own visionary imagination to the world’s greatest theatrical journey. Bryn Terfel sings the leading role of Wotan for the first time with the company, heading an extraordinary cast.
Using ten high-definition video cameras and state-of-the-art audio technology, the Met broadcasts twelve operas of their Saturday Matinee series to specially outfitted theaters around the world. With complete backstage access to artists and musicians before the performance begins and during intermission, The Met Live in HD is just as exciting as having the best seats at Lincoln Center.
Note: The operas will be subtitled in Spanish. This may not hinder the experience for you if you are a serious opera buff, or if you are familiar with the plots, many of which can be found online. The commentary offered prior to the performance and during intermission is in English.
For those clients that prefer to do shopping, we will transfer you to Tlaquepaque for some serious shopping at the beautiful shops, boutiques, markets and art galleries of this popular destination. You’ll find a shop here no matter what you are looking for; from decor, to home furnishing, leather goods, or clothing, you’ll find it here.
On Saturday afternoon after the opera, we will all begin our journey back to Vallarta with a stop for a late lunch in the town of Tequila (not included). We will arrive in Vallarta around 9pm and drop off everyone at their original pick-up point.
Tickets for this amazing cultural weekend in Guadalajara are $149-$195 USD per person. For more information, check availability or to book your seat, go to SuperiorToursVallarta.com.
Note: In order to guarantee the best seats in the house, the Opera Tour to Guadalajara must be booked one week in advance.
Born in Seattle, WA, Patrick Harrison has been living in PV since 2003. Drawing on his experience in entertainment, radio, retail and sports marketing in major US cities, Patrick opened his own business here in Vallarta, P. Gringo Marketing & PR, a successful Public Relations Firm that targets the English-speaking tourist and local communities. You can contact Patrick at patrick(at)pgringo.com
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