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The Ring in Geneva

Celebrating the re-opening of Geneva’s Grand Théâtre

Wagner's Ring in Geneva Tour

Opèra de Genève returns to the Grand Théâtre its complete renovation. To mark the occasion they have chosen to revive Dieter Dorn’s and Jürgen Rose’s powerful production of the Ring Cycle. The Orchestra of the Suisse Romande is conducted by Georg Fritsch. 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 time for the cast to rest. There will be 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.
We stay close to the Théâtre and Victoria Hall with visits to the old town, museums and places of interest.
This tour begins at the hotel allowing guests to plan their journey flexibly. All tickets to the operas are for excellent seats in the stalls at first rank. Meals will be taken at the hotel, the opera house or at historic restaurants nearby. Each performance day will include an informative talk about the evening’s opera.
Wagner’s Ring is one of the cultural monuments of the 19th century and its compelling force impacted all western music for generations. The Ring’s astonishing range of emotions and its mythical power have inspired a multitude of interpretations. Ultimately it is about the triumph of love over power. Dieter Dorn’s production focuses on the essentials using scenic elements and dramatic lighting in the style of the new Bayreuth productions after WWII.

Itinerary


DAY 1 Das Rheingold

We meet at The Warwick Hotel which is opposite the station. Welcome drinks are followed by our first opera talk before an early dinner in the hotel. We walk across to the Grand Théâtre for the performance of the preparatory music drama in the cycle, Das Rheingold which is sung in German with French and English surtitles.
Tonight the myth begins with the flowing water of the Rhine and the sound of the daughters revelling in the river. The Gods are contemplating their wondrous newly-created Valhalla whilst below in Nibelheim a renunciation of love allied with greed and a thirst for power begins a series of terrible events which will lead to unstoppable catastrophe.

DAY 2 Die Walküre

After breakfast we take a tour of the historic centre, visiting the cathedral, the delightful old town and the Maison Tavel.
After free time we will meet for an early evening performance of Die Walküre. A light meal is served during the first interval.
Die Walküre is often performed as a stand-alone opera as it contains some of the Ring Cycle’s most memorable music. Wotan plans to regain the Ring and limit its terrible power. The Valkyries bring the fallen heroes to defend Valhalla whilst Brunhilde defies Wotan and risks her life to rescue a mortal.

DAY 3 Rest day

Today is free for sightseeing. The Motor Show is in town and there are cruises available on the Lake. Switzerland’s excellent train services mean there are opportunities for a day out in Lausanne, Montreux, the Chateau de Chillon and the Golden-Pass panoramic train to Gstaad and Interlaken. Travellers will be welcome to join the tour manager for a Geneva tour with visits to the United Nations, Museum of the Red Cross and an optional fondue at the venerable Café du Soleil.

DAY 4 Siegfried

After breakfast and an opera talk we travel to Meyrin to visit CERN for a guided tour. After free time we will meet for an early evening performance of Siegfried. A light meal will be served during the first interval.
This third music drama contains the most demanding tenor role in opera with Siegfried on stage for almost four hours. It is a real test of stamina for any heroic tenor and finishes with a rapturous duet as Siegfried, newly empowered, meets Brunhilde.

DAY 5 Rest day

Today is a free day, whilst the singers rest, with opportunities for travel out of the city. The tour director will be happy to assist with travel plans and will be happy to take people for a visit to Bern, which has a remarkable series of arcades and historic minster in the Aldstadt.
An optional evening piano concert at the Victoria Hall with Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich is planned

DAY 6 Götterdämmerung

After a talk in the morning there will be a visit to the Museum of Art History and the Musée Rath. Lunch is followed by the final mid-afternoon performance in the cycle - Götterdämmerung.
Today the Ring reaches its vibrant, thrilling conclusion in the longest and most powerful opera in the cycle. The radiant Brunhilde and heroic Siegfried are tricked by unscrupulous forces determined to grasp the Ring. As the age of the Gods comes to an end only love can triumph out of the destruction.

DAY 7 Last Day

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 Geneva airport where there is a direct train, free of charge, into the city.
Travel within Geneva is on foot and by tram and it is very easy to get around.