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Cultural Tours for the Curious

October 2018
Opera in Dresden

Carmen ∙ Moses und Aron ∙ Figaro ∙ Fidelio

A rare opportunity to hear Schoenberg’s profound masterpiece about Jewish identity together with Bizet’s melodious bestseller, Beethoven’s unique liberation opera and Mozart’s sparkling comedy at the historic Semperoper in the heart of Dresden. The tour includes a visit to Leipzig and historic sites in Dresden.

Dates: 8 - 13 October | 6 days

Prices: £1798, special deposit applies | Please register your interest

October 2018
Opera & Art in Milan

Ernani at La Scala

A five day cultural break in the heart of Milan staying at the comfortable Hotel de Ville (4*). At La Scala there will be a performance of Ernani. Verdi’s opera is based on the play by Victor Hugo and was hugely popular, being the first full length opera to be recorded.

The cast includes, Francesco Meli (Ernani), Ailyn Perez (Elvira), Simone Piazzola (Don Carlo) with conductor Adam Fischer.

There will be visits to the La Scala Museum and the Casa Verdi as well as the Duomo, the Brera Gallery and the Leonardo’s last Supper at Santa Marie delle Grazie.
An optional performance of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera may be available.
This tour begins at the hotel to enable flexibility with travel.

Dates: 24-28 October | 4 Days

Prices: £1737 | Please register your interest

November 2018
Opera in Paris – Verdi ∙ Donizetti ∙ Rossini

Simon Boccanegra ∙ Elixir d’amour ∙ La Cenerentola

Verdi’s powerful opera of political and family intrigue; Donizetti’s sparkling yet tender comedy at the Opera Bastille together with Rossini’s finest writing for solo voice and ensembles at the Palais Garnier.

Staying at a hotel close to the Bastille, this affordably priced cultural break includes a tour of the Palais Garnier and a visit to the Picasso Museum. Each day includes free time to explore the city after lunch.

The tour begins at the hotel allowing independent travel. We are happy to assist with travel arrangements and Eurostar bookings.

Dates: 21-24 November | 4 days

Prices: £1597 | Please register your interest

December 2018
Opera & Christmas Markets in Berlin

Tales of Hoffmann ∙ Andrea Chenier ∙ Tosca

Join us for three nights of opera in Berlin in the lead up to Christmas. Offenbach’s magical music and Puccini’s passionate drama combine with Giordano’s lyrical opera - famous for its glorious tenor role which will be sung by Roberto Alagna. We visit the superbly restored Museuminsel complex including the Pergamon Museum, the Schloss Sanssouci at Potsdam and we explore Daniel Libeskind’s visionary Jewish Museum.
Each day includes free time to enjoy browsing the Christmas markets.

Dates: 4-7 December | 4 Days

Prices: £1237 | Please register your interest

February 2019
Opera & Ballet in Paris

Scarlatti ∙ Dvorak ∙ Diaghilev ∙ Berlioz

Rene Jacobs directs the Paris Opera in Scarlatti’s Cain, overo Il primo omicidio at the Palais Garnier. The Monte-Carlo Ballet and orchestra’s tribute to the spirit of Diaghilev and the Ballet Russes including works by Ravel, Weber, Debussy and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka at the Theatre des Champs Elysees. Dvorak’s fairytale opera Rusalka and Berlioz’s epic Le Troyens are performed in this the thirtieth anniversary year of the opening of the Opera Bastille.
Early booking is essential.

Dates: 6-10 February | 5 Days

Prices: Available in July | Please register your interest

March 2019
Opera & Ballet in Leeds

The Magic Flute ∙ Katya Kabanova ∙ The Rite of Spring ∙ Gianni Schicchi

We stay at the art deco Queens Hotel in Leeds for three nights of opera with Opera North with a double-bill night including Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with the internationally-renowned Pheonix Dance Theatre.
Informative talks on each of the operas will be complemented by visits to Temple Newsam House, Leeds Gallery and The Henry Moore Centre. There will also be time to explore the recently extended Victoria Quarter.

Dates: 27 February - 2 March | 4 Days

Prices: £887 | Please register your interest

March 2019
The Ring in Geneva

Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the newly restored Grand Theatre

The Orchestra of the Suisse Romande conducted by Georg Fritzsch in Dieter Dorn’s acclaimed production. Opera de Geneve marks its return to the Grand Theatre after an absence of three years. Petra Lang is Brunhilde, Tómas Tómasson is Wotan with Michael Weinius as Siegfried. The cycle of four music dramas is spread over six days allowing two free days for sightseeing and visits along the lake. Guests may wish to travel on board the Golden-Pass panoramic train to Gstaad and Interlaken, visit Montreux or even The Geneva Motor Show.

Dates: 12-18 March | 7 Days

Prices: £2994 special deposit applies | Please register your interest

April 2019
Berlin Festtage

Mahler’s 1st Symphony ∙ Betrothal in a Monastery ∙ Die Meistersinger

Daniel Barenboim conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Mahler’s First Symphony for the opening concert at the Philharmonie. The musical feast continues at the Staatsoper with performances of Prokofiev’s lively, virtuosic comedy. Set in Seville it includes references to Mozart and Rossini in its highly theatrical, yet lyrical style. Wagner’s epic masterpiece, a celebration of music and love, with its extraordinary tonal splendour forms the astonishing climax of our visit.

Dates: 12-15 April | 4 Days

Prices: £1537 special deposit applies | Please register your interest

April 2019
Opera in Wales

Un ballo in maschera ∙ The Magic Flute ∙ Roberto Devereux

We visit Llandudno for three operas at the Venue Cymru – a superb auditorium on the stunning coast of North Wales.

Welsh National Opera’s Spring Season includes a new production by David Pountney of Verdi’s opera based on the assignation of Gustav III of Sweden. Donizetti’s powerful story of the renunciation of love is filled with spine-tingling melodies in a dramatic staging based on designs by Vivienne Westwood. Mozart’s enigmatic and ever popular and irresistible Magic Flute completes the trio of operas.

We will stay at the magnificent St George’s Hotel on the waterfront and there will be opportunities for a visit to Bodnant Gardens and Conwy with time in the afternoons for walking on the Great Orme or the coastal paths.

Llandudno is easily accessible by rail with direct trains from Manchester, Chester, London and the Midlands.

Dates: 24-27 April | 4 Days

Prices: £887 | Please register your interest

April-May 2019
The Ring in Leipzig

Rosamund Gilmore’s Leipzig Ring Cycle was highly acclaimed in 2016 and is now firmly established in the repertoire. Ulf Schirmer conducts the Leipzig Opera and Gewandhaus Orchestra. Leipzig is, of course, the city of Wagner’s birth and it was the first city to perform The Ring after its premiere at Bayreuth. It is also the city of Bach, Mendelssohn and the Schumanns. We will visit the museums and places which celebrate their remarkable creative output.

Dates: 30 April - 6 May | 7 Days

Prices: £1947 | Please register your interest

May-June 2019
Opera Week in Prague

A fabulous week in Prague with five operas at three theatres. This tour is ideal for those new to opera and for more experienced opera goers. Prague is a magical city and we tour some of its greatest treasures alongside evenings at the opera. Gounod’s sumptuous Romeo and Juliette followed by La Traviata and Carmen contrast with Prokofiev’s popular Love of Three Oranges. We end the week with a performance of The Marriage of Figaro at the original Estates Theatre where Mozart first conducted it on his visit to Prague in 1787.

Dates: 27 May - 1 June | 6 Days

Prices: £1897 special deposit applies | Please register your interest

June 2019
Opera & Wine in Verona

Three exceptional operas set in the fabulous Roman Arena. Staying at the Hotel Accademia in the heart of the old city and close to the Piazza Bra we enjoy three nights of spectacle under the stars. The atmosphere in the Arena is one of near tangible magic and is one of the great cultural events of the Italian summer. Aida in the historic 1913 production is followed by La Traviata and Il Trovatore with Anna Netrebko singing the part of Leonora. We stay at the Hotel Accademia just minutes away from the arena and the Piazza del Erbe. This family-run traditional stylish hotel celebrates the famous tenor Giovanni Zenatello who founded the opera festival in 1913.

Dates: 26 - 30 June | 5 Days

Prices: £1950 | Please register your interest

New Tours for 2019

  • Opera & Ballet in Paris
  • The Ring in Geneva
  • Ludlow Song Festival
  • Berlin Festtage
  • Opera in Llandudno
  • The Ring in Leipzig
  • Verona Opera Festival
  • Three Choirs Festival

Dates: throughout 2019

Prices: Available 2019 | Please register your interest