This tour begins at the hotel. We meet at the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe (4*) in Dresden Alstadt, the historic centre. A welcome reception will be followed by dinner in the hotel.
This morning we visit the Residenzschloss to see the wonderful Green Vault and its glorious treasures. After time for lunch we view the restored Frauenkirche and visit the Albertinum which houses the New Masters Gallery. An opera talk is followed by an early dinner before our first evening performance, Bizet’s Carmen at the Semperoper.
The day begins with a visit to the Zwinger, a Baroque pleasure arena, orangery, exhibition gallery and museum. See the Old Masters Gallery, one of the finest collections in Europe. Some free time before we gather for dinner and tonight’s performance of Schönberg’s Moses und Aron.
We take the train to Meissen, ancient capital of Dukes of Saxony and home of hard-paste porcelain. The Albrechtsberg castle dominates the town together with its fine Gothic cathedral. The castle was the first to be built solely as a residence, not a fortress. Porcelain was discovered and manufactured here between 1710 and 1863. Evening performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Semperoper.
Today there is an optional river cruise to Pillnitz on the banks of the Elbe. This summer palace dates from 1710 and includes elements Baroque and Rococo Chinoiserie as well as a Neoclassical palace, English gardens, a Chinese pavilion and ‘Gothick’ folly. Dinner will be in the hotel followed by our final opera of the week, Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Semperoper.
Check out will be available after breakfast.
There is a good range of inexpensive flights from the UK to Berlin and Leipzig/Halle airports and the journey from Berlin takes less than two hours by express train. Dresden airport has connecting UK flights via Frankfurt. We will be happy to help with travel arrangements.
The hotel is in the old town and whilst there are modest walks around the old town there is nothing especially strenuous. Each day incudes an illustrated opera talk about the composer and the music in preparation for the performance.