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).


November 1 – 9, 2015

Bayerische Staatsoper
MOZART Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Ballet: Le Corsaire

Akademiekonzert des Bayerischen Staatsorchesters
LISZT Mephisto-Walzer #1
HINDERMITH Symphony Mathis der Mahler
PROKOFIEV Symphony #3 in C Minor, Op. 44

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
SALONEN Karawane (2014)
RAVEL L’enfant et les sortilèges (concert version)

To view the complete Munich Tour program,
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March 6 – 10, 2016

The Metropolitan Opera
MOZART Le nozze di Figaro
PUCCINI Manon Lescaut
DONIZETTI Don Pasquale
DONIZETTI L’Elisir d’Amore


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


April 29 – May 6, 2016

Washington National Opera
WAGNER Der Ring des Nibelungen


TBD - May 2016

Operas, concerts, and extensive
sight-seeing in the historic cities of
Pilsen, Ceske Budejavice, and Prague.


May 29 – June 6, 2016

Wiener Staatsoper
Song Recital: Jonas Kaufmann (tenor),
Helmut Deutsch (piano)
VERDI Don Carlo and Simon Boccanegra
STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier
Ballet: Don Quixote

Wiener Konzerthaus: Wiener Symphoniker

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 2
MAHLER Symphony No. 1


June 27 – July 1, 2016

VERDI Don Carlo
MAHLER Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”


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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