We meet at the Hotel Helios Opera near to the Palais Garnier and Galerie Lafayette. It’s a modernised hotel with pleasant rooms. Welcome drinks are followed by our first opera talk. An early dinner in a restaurant near to the opera precedes tonight’s performance of Scarlatti’s vibrant opera seria Cain overo Il primo omicido at the Palais Garnier.
Conductor René Jacobs Director Romeo Castellucci
Caino Kristina Hammarström Abel Olivia Vermeulen, Eva Birgitte Christensen Adamo Thomas Walker, Voce di Dio Benno Schachtner, Voce di Lucifero Robert Gleadow.
After breakfast we visit the fine art collection including old masters Botticelli, Van Dyck and Rembrandt in the Jacquemart-Andre Museum. The afternoon is free before we gather for an opera talk followed by an early dinner.
We travel to the Opera Bastille for a performance of Dvorak’s Rusalka.
Conductor Susanna Mälkki Director Robert Carsen
Le Prince Klaus Florian Vogt, La Princesse étrangère Karita Mattila, Rusalka Camilla Nylund L'Esprit du lac Thomas Johannes Mayer, Jéžibaba Ekaterina Semenchuk La Voix d'un chasseur Danylo Matviienko Le Garçon de cuisine Jeanne Ireland.
Today we are free for sightseeing and enjoyment. The tour manager is happy to take people on an optional visit to the Gustave Moreau Museum, the Place de Vosges and the Maison Victor Hugo. We meet again after dinner for a performance by the Ballets de Monte Carlo at the Theatre de Champs Elysées.
Daphnis et Chloe Ravel, Le Spectre de la Rose Weber, Prelude de l’apres midi Debussy, Petrushka Stravinsky.
The day begins with an opera talk after which we walk to the Palais Garnier for a tour of its sumptuous interior.
Lunch follows with after a free afternoon. We travel to the Opera Bastille for the performance of Berlioz’s Le Troyens marking both the 150th anniversary of his death and the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Bastille opera house.
Conductor Philippe Jordan Director Dmitri Tcherniakov
Cassandre/ Le Fantôme Stéphanie d'Oustrac, Ascagne Michèle Losier, Hécube Véronique Gens, Énée Bryan Hymel, Chorèb/ Le Fantôme de Chorèbee Stéphane Degout, Panthée Christian Helmer Le Fantôme d'HectorThomas Dear, Priam/ Le Fantôme de Priam Paata Burchuladze
Check out will be available after a breakfast.
We will be happy to assist with travel arrangements. For those travelling by Eurostar, the hotel is a short taxi ride away. For those arriving at the airport, transfer to the hotel can be arranged.
This tour can be extended by a day or two for those who wish to spend more time in the city.