The passing of Luciano Pavarotti has inspired much lamenting about the future of opera. Aficionados needn't worry; a number of companies are offering special opera tours that combine spectacular singing with unforgettable dining and accommodations.
Euridice Opera organizes personalized trips that can include meeting a singer or even a private performance at, say, England's Glyndebourne Festival. On Dec. 7, the company will arrange for couples to see the performance of Puccini's "Turandot" at the famed Teatro La Fenice in Venice, followed by a formal ball inside the hall (from $3,500; euridice-opera.com).
JMB Travel specializes in holidays among 28 European and North American houses. Visit a theater in a different country each night, including Cracow's Slowacki Theatre and Milan's La Scala; wine tastings are often included (from $700; jmbtravel.co.uk).
The Hotel Imperial in Vienna offers a three-night stay and a performance of one's choice at the State Opera across the street (from $1,500; imperial torte.at). Venice's Hotel Gritti Palace has a two-night "Dreaming of the Opera" package, which includes two tickets, private cocktails at intermission and a personal tour of La Fenice (from $2,450; gritti.hotelinvenice.com).
Smithsonian Journeys' new seven-day "Paris Opera" package includes Q&A sessions with composers and musicians. See five operas (in French, Italian, Spanish and English) in four Paris theaters. The dinner discussion before each performance will help you make sense of every word (smithsonianjourneys.org). •