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Ercole Amante ∙ Madama Butterfly ∙ Don Carlo

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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.

We stay at the Millennium Opera Hotel

Itinerary


DAY 1

Guests arrive at the Hotel close to the Opera Garnier and the Galeries Lafayette.
A welcome drink is followed by an introductory talk on tonight’s opera. Dinner will be in the hotel before we walk over to the Opera Comique for the performance of Cavalli’s Ercole Amante.
Raphaël Pichon directs the Ensemble Pygmalion with staging by Valérie Lesort and Christian Hecq.

DAY 2

We visit the Museum of the Romantic Life which celebrates Georges Sand and the artistic milieu of writers musicians and artists that gathered in the salons in this district during the early nineteenth century.
The afternoon is free for enjoyment before we meet again for a short talk to set the scene for tonight’s opera, Madama Butterfly. Dinner will be at a restaurant close to the Bastille opera house.

DAY 3

Today we visit the fabulous collection in the Museum of Instruments at the Cite de la Musique.
There is free time during the afternoon for optional visits and relaxation. A short talk on Verdi’s Don Carlo will precede dinner. Tonight’s performance at the Bastille includes René Pape in the title role and the conductor is Fabio Luisi.

DAY 4

After breakfast we visit the Villa André, former home of the wealthy patron Edouard André and the artist and insatiable collector, Nellie Jacquemart. Today it is home to their extraordinary collection of art acquired on their many travels. This visit ends our tour at lunchtime.
The itinerary of visits throughout can be adjusted to suit travellers and the size of the group.

The tour begins at the hotel allowing independent travel. We are happy to assist with travel arrangements and Eurostar bookings.