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December 19, 2012

Wishing All Of You A Very Happy Holiday Season!

For those of you who will be here in Parma for New Year's Eve remember to book your "Cenone di Capodanno (New Year's Dinner with Fixed Menu) at the restaurant of your choice in a timely manner.

Some suggestions for dinners outside the city (in castles etc.) from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day can be found here:

Also, remember that if you're stuck in Parma the first week of January, there's some good news:
sales should begin this year on January 5, 2013:)

And for those of you traveling this holiday season, we wish you a safe journey!

December 15, 2012

Happy birthday, Mr Verdi!

2013 will see the celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi, Italy's most famous composer.
Three operas will be staged at the Teatro Regio: Un Ballo in Maschera (January) and Nabucco  (March).
It's also the bicentenary of Richard Wagner's birth: Parsifal will be staged in March.
Subscriptions for the three shows will be on sale on 15th December (renewals) or 29th December (new subscriptions). Tickets for a single show will be on sale on 3rd January.
It's highly advised to buy subscriptions or tickets as soon as available.
The Scala in Milan is also celebrating Verdi with seven operas from Falstaff in January to Aida in November.
Did you know that it's possible to do a (very interesting) guided tour of the Teatro Regio?  Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-1 pm and 3 pm-6 pm.