Carmen in Hobart

In 2017 Victorian Opera (VO) is teaming up with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) to present a star-studded one-night only concert performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen on the stage of Federation Concert Hall, Hobart.

Under the baton of Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Marko Letonja, the international cast includes Elena Maximova in the title role with Marcelo Puente as Don José, Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Escamillo and Emma Pearson as Michaëla.

Join Louise O’Loughlin and be part of an exclusive group of Victorian Opera Patrons and supporters for a weekend in Hobart with Victorian Opera and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy a great night of opera, meet the musicians, visit MONA and discover Tasmania’s booming food and wine scene. Stay in the lap of luxury at the brand-new (opening mid-2017) MACq 01 Hotel on the waterfront.

Arrive in Hobart, Tasmania’s waterfront capital located at the foot of majestic Mount Wellington, and check-in to your hotel – the new MACq 01 in the heart of the historic Hobart waterfront. Developed and managed by Federal Hotels, the MACq01 promises an equally unique and exceptional experience as its sister hotel, the iconic Henry Jones Art Hotel.

Tonight, join Louise and fellow Victorian Opera supporters for welcome drinks and dinner at one of Hobart’s fine restaurants.


After breakfast, travel by ferry to MONA – the Museum of Old and New Art – located on a private peninsula on the Derwent River, and part of the Moorilla Estate. Opened in January 2011, it is the largest privately funded museum in the southern hemisphere, housing antiquities and modern and contemporary art from the David Walsh collection.

At your leisure, return by ferry to the Brooke Street dock. This afternoon is is free to explore Salamanca markets, a celebration of Tasmania’s unique culture, creative artisans, talented musicians and diverse producers, or visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Following cocktails, attend the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concert performance of Bizet’s opera Carmen, presented in association with Victorian Opera, in the Federation Concert Hall. Interval refreshments will be served and following the performance, join representatives of Victorian Opera for a post-performance reception.


After a leisurely breakfast, check out of the hotel and attend a private recital presented by Victorian Opera.

After, depart for Stefano Lubiana Wines in the Derwent River Valley. Stefano Lubiana Wines is recognised as one Tasmania’s premier cool climate wine makers and the Tuscan-inspired winery is also the home of Osteria, their fine dining restaurant where you will enjoy lunch overlooking the vineyards. Naturally, lunch will be accompanied by a selection of fine Stefano Lubiana Wines.

Tour arrangements conclude with a transfer to Hobart Airport (arrival not later than 3.15 PM), in time for flights departing at 4.30 PM or later. Alternatively, return to the MACq 01 Hotel for extra nights in Hobart (available on request).


Per person, twin-share

AUD 1,600

Single supplement*

AUD 450

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 250

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

26 June 2017

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.

Tour price includes

  • Two nights’ accommodation in a Superior Waterfront Room with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner, C=Cocktails, R=Reception). Wines with meals
  • A-reserve ticket to Carmen
  • Visit to MONA including return ferry tickets
  • Post-performance drinks with Victorian Opera
  • Sightseeing, including entrance fees as per itinerary, in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Transfer to Hobart Airport on Sunday afternoon 13 August
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Hobart
  • Transfer on arrival
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


Your hotel
MACq 01 Hotel