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Cultural Tours for the Curious

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: £1847 | 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 | 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

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: £867 | 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: Available on application | 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: £795 Early Booking Essential | Please register your interest