We meet at the Maritim proArte Hotel near to Friedrichstrasse and the Unter den Linden. The hotel is modern, comfortable and has a large swimming pool for those who enjoy a refreshing dip. Welcome drinks are followed by our first opera talk. An early dinner in the hotel precedes tonight’s performance of Offenbach’s celebrated masterpiece, The Tales of Hoffmann sung in French with English surtitles.
Conductor Enrique Mazzola Director Laurent Pelly
Hoffmann Daniel Johansson, Olympia/ Antonia/ Giulietta/ Stella Cristina Pasaroiu Lindorf/ Coppélius/ Miracle/ Dapertutto Alex Esposito
La Muse/ Nicklausse Irene Roberts Andrès/ Cochenille/ Frantz Gideon Poppe
After breakfast we take a tour of the historic centre, walking along the restored Unter den Linden. We visit the magnificent Museums Island including the Neues Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie.
After free time for the Christmas Markets we will meet for dinner and an evening performance of Andrea Chenier at the Deutsche Oper.
Conductor Giampaolo Bisanti Director John Dew
Andrea Chenier Roberto Alagna, Charles Gérard Roman Burdenko, Madeleine von Coigny Maria José Siri, Bersi Vasilisa Berzhanskaya, Gräfin von Coigny Annika Schlicht, Madelon Anna Tomowa-Sintow Roucher Ievgen Orlov Pierre Fléville Dong-Hwan Lee Der Abbé Ya-Chung Huang, Matthieu Samuel Dale Johnson Incroyable Burkhard Ulrich Der Haushofmeister/ Dumas Thomas Lehman, Fouquier-Tinville Paull-Anthony Keightley Schmidt Bryan Murray
This morning we go by train to Potsdam to visit Frederick the Great’s Schloss Sanssouci. Later we return to Berlin and tour the imaginative Jewish Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. After some free time for the Christmas Markets we will meet for dinner and our evening performance of Tosca. An alternative performance of Rameau’s Hippolyte conducted by Sir Simon Rattle is playing at the Staatsoper.
Conductor Ivan Repušić Director Boleslaw Barlog
Tosca Sondra Radvanovsky, Mario Cavaradossi Massimo Giordano Scarpia Ivan Inverardi, Angelotti Samuel Dale Johnson
Der Mesner Noel Bouley, Spoletta Andrew Dickinson, Sciarrone Paull-Anthony Keightley, Ein Schließer Byung Gil Kim
Check out will be available after breakfast.
We will be happy to help with travel arrangements. There is a good range of inexpensive flights from the UK to Berlin Schönefeld where there is a direct train every ten minutes to Friedrichstrasse.
This tour can be extended by a day or two for those who wish to spend more time in the city.