Walking Tour

  • Saturday, 09/09/2023
  • 10:00 am
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Walking Tour

Did you know that Charleston is the birthplace of opera in North America?


Tours will be given the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from September to November at 9:00am.

Tickets are $30 per person

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All profits will support HALO’s work to develop long lasting community engagement and patronage for the arts in Charleston. It’s Opera. For y’all!

The Walking Tour

Holy City Arts & Lyric Opera (HALO) is proud to present a unique walking tour highlighting the history of opera in Charleston.

This 90-minute walking tour through the heart of historic downtown will include stops at many iconic locations while giving you the opportunity to experience the Holy City from a new perspective.

The tour begins on the corner of East Bay and Tradd Street—the site that inspired Catfish Row in Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. We’ll visit the home of Dorothy and Dubose Heyward, as well as dwell for a moment at Church and Broad Street- the spot where opera was first performed in America.

And that’s just the beginning! Join us and discover how important and constant opera has been throughout history in Charleston.

You’ll learn about the world’s first megastar (an opera singer!) and local personalities, as well as piano parlors, traveling opera troupes, and more. You’ll also discover how operas were always significant to Charlestonians from different walks of life.



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