Autumn Conference in Parma: Opera Pilgrimage

Opera Europa's autumn conference which will take place during Festival Verdi between 12 and 15 October 2017 and which includes a choice of four operas in three different theatres during four days.

The theme of Opera Pilgimage may be inspired by the special ambiance of a festival devoted to a great composer, as with Bayreuth and Pesaro, but it resonates for any theatre that aspires to make itself a destination which demands to be visited. Or indeed to an initiative like The Opera Platform which has been created to drive visitors to a digital destination.

We believe that this conference will therefore be of interest to General and Artistic Directors, and also to those working in Education, Finance, Fundraising and Marketing.

You may wait to register for the conference when the full programme is published at the beginning of September, but YOU ARE URGED TO RESERVE HOTEL ACCOMMODATION NOW >> before the summer, because most hotels in the charming and historical city of Parma are not large and their rooms sell quickly during the popular festival period. So do opera tickets. We have reserved allocations for all four performances, including all 279 seats in the magical Teatro Verdi in Busseto, but advise you to register early in September in order to secure your choices.

Discover the advance programme here >>
Download the registration form here >>

Practical information

Teatro Regio di Parma

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 16/a,

43121 Parma PR, Italy

Getting there

Via Airport Giuseppe Marconi of Bologna

by bus: 34 mins from Bologna airport to Stazione Centrale of Bologna, one-way ticket €6
then by train: 50 mins from Stazione Centrale of Bologna to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Amerigo Vespucci of Firenze

by bus: 15 min from airport Amerigo Vespucci of Firenze to Stazione Santa Maria Novella
then by train: 2 hours from Stazione Santa Maria Novella to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Milano Malpensa

by bus: 50 min from Milano Malpensa Airport to Stazione Milano Centrale, one way ticket €8
then by train 1h10 from Milano Centrale to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Via Airport Milano Linate

by bus: 25 min from Linate Airport to Stazione Milano Centrale, one way ticket €5
then by train: 1h10 from Milano Centrale to Stazione Centrale of Parma.

Trains in Italy

Tickets can be purchaised directly at the train station or on

- Regionali Veloci: fixed price, slow trains. Tickets can be bought on the same day.
- Intercity: faster trains. Only a few per day. Tickets have to be bought in advance.
- Frecce Rosse, Bianche, Argento: fastest trains. Price depends on availability, tickets have to be bought in advance.


There are many small hotels in Parma that will accomodate us. An online booking system is available >>, which provides the necessary information. Further, these two hotels can only be booked by sending an e-mail to

Park Hotel Pacchiosi *****
Strada del Quartiere, 4
43125 Parma
Double single use deluxe: 169€, double use: 229€
Junior suite single use: 189€, double use: 269€

NH Hotel Parma ****
Viale Paolo Borsellino, 31
43122 Parma
Single room: 195€
Double room: 205€

Rooms will be limited so please book quickly!