International Opera Tours

A scene from The Journey to Rheims. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2002

Now in its 34th year!

Join Dr. David Stanley-Porter on these thoughtfully planned tours and explore the ever-exciting world of opera and classical music in historic and new opera houses and concert halls in North America and Europe. Booking opens September 2015 (itinerary and accommodation TBD).

BERLIN (4 spots remaining)

April 5 – 12, 2016

Deutsche Oper

A mini RICHARD STRAUSS festival:
Salome, Elektra, Die Liebe der Danae, 
Die Aegyptishe Helena Der Rosenkavalier

Philharmonie: Berlin Staatskapelle
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
De Falla The Three-Cornered Hat

WASHINGTON, DC (2 spots remaining)

April 29 – May 6, 2016

Washington National Opera
WAGNER Der Ring des Nibelungen

CZECH REPUBLIC (5 spots remaining)

April 16 – 27, 2016

GOUNOD Roméo et Juliette
MARTINÅ® Julietta
STRAVINSKY The Nightingale

VIENNA (3 spots remaining)

May 29 – June 6, 2016

Wiener Staatsoper
VERDI Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
Ballet: Don Quixote

Wiener Konzerthaus: Wiener Symphoniker

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 1


November 16-20, 2016

Lyric Opera of Chicago

BERLIOZ Les Troyens
The grandest of all French grand operas!
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Director: Tim Albery
New Production
with Christine Goerke, Sophie Koch,
Brandon Jovanovich, Okka von der Damerau

MASSENET Don Quichotte
French elegance with a faux-Spanish flavour
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
Director: Matthew Ozawa
Production owned by San Diego Opera
with Ferruccio Furlanetto, Clementine Margaine,
Nicola Alaimo

Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Emanuel Krivine
Piano: Denis Kozukhin
LISZT les preludes
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto #2
DVORAK Symphony #8

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre

Performance TBA for 400th Anniversary

For up-to-date information (including tour changes and newly announced tours), please visit our website at For full booking information please e-mail OR send a SEPARATE, self-addressed, stamped envelope (#10 business-size) for each tour that interests you to:


COC Operatours
c/o Merit Travel
114–101 Cherryhill Blvd
London, ON N6H 4S4

COC Operatours have been organized and conducted by Dr. David Stanley-Porter since 1981.

Golden Circle, President’s Council and Friends of the COC members receive priority enrolment.

Information on giving opportunities, including joining one of our membership programs, can be found on our website at or by phoning the COC Donation Office at 416-847-4949.

All dates, content and tours are subject to change and/or cancellation.

Spaces may become available on sold-out tours. If you are interested in attending, please contact us to be added to the waiting list.

A scene from The Journey to Rheims. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2002

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