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Opera & Christmas Markets in Berlin

Salomé ∙ Samson et Delilah ∙ The Barber of Seville

Opera & Christmas Markets in Berlin

Join us for three nights of opera in Berlin in the lead up to Christmas. The city is a blaze of light and decorations with Christmas markets and chalets of glühwein. Richard Strauss’ electrifying one act opera based on a play by Oscar Wilde begins our visit to Berlin. Saint-Säens’ grand French opera is a story of manipulation and cunning. It includes one of the greatest love duets in opera.
During the day we visit the superbly restored Museuminsel complex including the Pergamon Museum, the German Historical Museum, and the galleries and other museums of the complex.
Dinner will be at local restaurants with time to browse the markets. We also visit Daniel Libeskind’s visionary Jewish Museum.

Itinerary


DAY 1

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 Richard Strauss’ masterpiece, Salomé at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. An alternative performance of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut is also available at Deutsche Oper.

Conductor Thomas Guggeis Director Hans Neuenfels Herodes Vincent Wolfsteiner Herodias Marina Prudenskaya Salomé Ausrine Stundyte

DAY 2

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 Samson et Delilah at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden.

Conductor Daniel Barenboim Director Damian Szifron
Delilah Elīna Garanča Samson Brandon Jovanovich

DAY 3

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 The Barber of Seville at the Deutsche Oper.

Conductor Daniel Carter Director Katharina Thalbach
Graf Almaviva Matthew Newlin Bartolo Noel Bouley
Rosina Vasilisa Berzhanskaya Figaro Philipp Jekal

DAY 4

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. The Tegel Bus also stops adjacent to Friedrichstrasse.
This tour can be extended by a day or two for those who wish to spend more time in the city.
Why not extend your tour with a visit to Leipzig for the Christmas Oratorio and La fanciulla del West over the weekend?
We can tailor make a package for self-tour or escorted travellers.