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Cultural Tours for the Curious

September 2019
Opera & Art in Milan

Milan’s La Scala is the most famous opera house in the world. Opened in 1778 on the site of a church, it has played host to some of the greatest singers including Renata Tebaldi and Maria Callas. Verdi trained at La Scala; Otello, Falstaff and Nabucco were premiered here. Famous house conductors include Toscanini, Abbado and Barenboim.

Dates: 9 - 12 September | 4 Days

Prices: £1737 | Please register your interest

September 2019
Chamber Music in Beverley

Each year for the last 25 years the Beverley Chamber Music Festival has attracted leading musicians to the town. This year’s festival celebrates the treasures of the Russian chamber music repertoire, including pieces by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Borodin. It will also profile Elgar, showcasing his great chamber music.
The festival is centred on St Mary’s Church in the heart of the town.
We stay at the recently refurbished four-star Beverley Arms Hotel.

Dates: 25 - 29 September | 5 Days

Prices: £940 | Please register your interest

October 2019
WNO in Cardiff

Rigoletto ∙ The Cunning Little Vixen (Carmen)

We visit Cardiff for two weekend performances at the Millennium Centre - Verdi’s Rigoletto and Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen. Welsh National Opera goes from strength to strength under conductor Tomàš Hanus. His WNO performances of Janacek have been given rave reviews in the UK and in Brno.
We will stay at the magnificent 5* St David’s Hotel with illustrated opera talks and a visit to the National Museum which holds an outstanding collection of impressionist paintings.
For those who wish to extend their stay for Carmen, an additional night is available on request.

Dates: 3 - 5 October | 3 Days

Prices: £780 | Please register your interest

October 2019
Opera and Ballet in Leipzig

The Flying Dutchman ∙ Swan Lake ∙ Tristan and Isolde

As the city of music is filled with lights 30 years after the revolution of 1989, we visit the Opera for a chance to hear a production of Wagner’s early romantic opera together with his immortal Tristan. Tchaikovsky’s ballet is complemented by an optional matinee performance of Brahms’ Double Concerto at the Gewandhaus.
Visits to the Bach Museum, Mendelssohn House and Grassi Museum with dinner in the famous Auerbach’s Keller.

Dates: 9 - 13 October | 5 Days

Prices: £1537 | Please register your interest

October 2019
Opera & Art in Leeds

We stay at the art deco Queens Hotel in Leeds for three nights of opera with Opera North. Martinu’s immense Greek Passion receives a rare performance together with Handel’s most famous opera and Puccini’s lyrical favourite.
Informative talks on each of the operas will be complemented by visits to Temple Newsam House, Harewood House and the Leeds galleries. There will also be time to explore the recently extended Victoria Quarter.

Dates: 17 - 20 October | 4 Days

Prices: £887 | Please register your interest

November 2019
Glyndebourne Touring Opera in Canterbury

Rigoletto ∙ L’elisir d’amore ∙ Rinaldo

Three evenings of lively music drama with Verdi’s powerful tragedy, Donizetti’s sparkling comedy and a welcome revival of the Robert Carsen’s “witty and irreverent” production of Handel’s Rinaldo at the Marlow Theatre.
We stay at the Falstaff Hotel in the centre of Canterbury and there will be historical visits during the day.

Dates: 6 - 9 November | 4 Days

Prices: £780 Early Booking Essential | Please register your interest

November 2019
PARIS - Baroque Spectacle and thrilling drama

Ercole Amante ∙ Madama Butterfly ∙ Don Carlo

Join us in Paris for three nights of exciting music. Our small group stay in Paris begins with Cavalli’s lavish Baroque opera which was first produced in 1662 at the Tuileries to celebrate the marriage of Louis XIV to the Infanta of Spain. The story of Hercules in love, newly staged at the Opera Comique promises to be a colourful production.
Our second evening is a complete contrast with Ana Maria Martinez in the title role of Puccini’s tragic story of a young girl’s fate in Nagasaki. Our final evening is Verdi’s lavish tale of family intrigue and romance – a new production with René Pape in the title role.
Early booking is essential.

Dates: 12-15 Novemeber | 4 Days

Prices: £1925 | Please register your interest


December 2019
Opera & Christmas Markets in Berlin

Salomé ∙ Samson et Delilah ∙ The Barber of Seville

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.

Dates: 10-13 December | 4 Days

Prices: £1237 | Please register your interest