The voices, orchestra, sets, costumes, all the grandeur of OperaDelaware is returning this year to Wilmington’s home for the art form, the historic Grand Opera House in downtown. The 2016 OperaDelaware Festival features six performances over two weeks, including multiple chances to see the East Coast Premier of Faccio’s Hamlet and Verdi’s masterpiece Falstaff, May 14, 15 and 19-22, 2016.

While it may be opera bringing you to Wilmington, you should not miss out on the opportunity to discover more of what the northern Delaware has to offer. Consider making a weekend out it. We’ve put together four suggested trips to fit any traveler… or voice part. Of course, you can mix and match these options, because no two travelers, like no two singers, are exactly alike.

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Sopranos can soar, like on an aria, into the region on a plane. Philadelphia International Airport is just 20 minutes from downtown Wilmington. For accommodations no diva could complain about the 700-foot walk from the Double Tree Downtown to The Grand. Also close by, Ernest & Scott Taproom is a great place for a classy cocktail and a bite to eat after the show. Keep it classy by visiting Nemours, the Versailles-inspired estate that was once a home for the DuPont family.


Altos are always harmonizing. You’ll hear the harmony of wheel meeting track on the train into Wilmington. Both Amtrak and SEPTA offer service right into downtown. Low voices can stay in low places. Wilmington’s newest downtown hotel is also its southernmost, the beautiful Westin on the riverfront. The riverfront is a spectacular place to take a walk. Or let the River Taxi do the moving for you as it makes multiple stops along the banks. And once you’re ready to eat, nearby Harry’s Seafood is a favorite of the business and leisure crowds.

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Tenors are often the male leads in operas. Let others lead you into Wilmington by following their cars along I-95. The highway provides easy access to the heart of the city from places like Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York. You’ll want to stay at a leading hotel, so the famously luxurious Hotel DuPont is the obvious choice. It is three blocks from the opera house. Give your vocal chords some much needed lubrication with the hotel’s fancy daily afternoon tea service. And learn about people who led the way, the first Swedish and Finnish settlers in the New World, at the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, just off downtown.


The word “bass” is a homonym with “base.” And even if Delaware is already your home base, there is no reason you can’t turn taking in an opera into a weekend “away.” Book a room at the Inn at Montchanin Village, separated from the hustle and bustle of downtown but close enough to easily get to any performance. Special packages at affordable rates will provide not just a great stay but great food at Krazy Kat’s and great added activities, like spa treatments or museum passes.