There was much happy chatter about the Carmen opera experience from the night before over a late breakfast.
Poolside was the popular choice, soaking up the beautiful Mediterranean sun on our first full day of rest and relaxation in Verona. Kev had a good swim with the girls and handstand competitions were run and won!
The first commitment of the day for the girls was an hour and a half rehearsal at 3:30pm. After which we headed to the Festival opening dinner with the other choirs from Switzerland, China and Russia. Each choir presented one song following dinner before we headed off to our first concert in Montichiari, a 45 minute drive from the hotel.
A stunning 11th century church and art space set in a typical rustic Italian garden was the concert venue. The church was the chapel for a nearby castle. The acoustic was absolutely beautiful and one of our favourite venues on tour so far. So intimate, with a really special atmosphere.
The girls were first to perform and received an exceptionally warm Italian welcome. At the conclusion of their 30 minute set, the girls received a standing ovation from the capacity audience. A very emotional moment for many. A proud moment for us all.
The evening included the Swiss and Chinese choirs and finished with a combined set of two festival songs. A terrific way of bringing everyone together.