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The Ring in Leipzig

Wagner’s epic opera cycle in the city of his birth

The Ring in Leipzig Tour

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 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.

This tour begins at the hotel allowing guests to plan their journey flexibly. All tickets to the operas are for very good seats in the stalls at first or second rank. Meals will be taken at the hotel, the opera house or at historic restaurants nearby.

Gilmore’s production is very inventive and brings dance to The Ring in order enhance its mythic elements and provide primal energy on stage. This is a very fresh and good-humoured production, the staging throughout is highly effective and suitably grand. It combines mysticism with colourful characterisation highlighting the eclectic nature of the tetralogy whilst preserving its unity.

Itinerary


DAY 1

This tour begins at the hotel.
We meet at Victors Residenz a splendid institution in central Leipzig just a short walk from the station and close to the historic centre. A welcome reception will be followed by a traditional German dinner in the Auerbachs Keller – a place immortalised by Goethe in Faust.

DAY 2  Das Rheingold

After breakfast we take a tour of the historic centre and visit the Alte Rathaus museum of the history of Leipzig. After time for lunch we move on to the Thomaskirche and the Bach Museum.
We stroll to the opera house in the late afternoon for the performance of the preparatory music drama in the cycle, Das Rheingold. Dinner follows in a local restaurant close to the Nicholaikirche.

DAY 3  Die Walküre

After breakfast we visit the Grassi Museum and the fine collection of over 5000 musical instruments.
A backstage tour of the opera house follows lunch.
After free time we will meet for an early evening performance of Die Walkure. A light meal is served during the first interval.

DAY 4

Today is a free day for exploration. There will be an optional trip to nearby Halle to see the excellent Handelhaus museum. The renowned Thomaschor usually sing at 6 pm on Fridays in the Thomaskirche. (Subject to confirmation).
All travellers are welcome to join the tour leader for dinner in the evening at a recommended restaurant.

DAY 5  Siegfried

During the morning we visit the Nicholaikirche and the house where Clara and Robert Schumann lived shortly after their marriage. Coffee follows at the Arabian Kaffee Baum – Europe’s oldest coffee house and haunt of the Davidsbundler. There is free time for lunch and browsing before the next stage of the cycle.
Tonight's performance of Siegfried begins at 17h00 and there will be a light meal served during the first interval.

DAY 6  Götterdämmerung

After a talk about the final opera in the cycle there will be a visit to the Mendelssohn Haus for a morning chamber concert in the Mendelssohn salon. There is an excellent display on Mendelssohn’s life and a particularly good exhibition on the life of his sister, Fanny, and her music. There will be a little free time before the final performance where the cycle reaches its culmination - Götterdämmerung.

DAY 7

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 Berlin and Leipzig/Halle airports and the journey from Berlin takes around seventy-five minutes by the hourly comfortable express train. Arrival at the Leipzig station is an experience in itself as this is one of the largest stations in Europe and was built to impress. Travel within Leipzig is on foot and by tram. The hotel, which serves an abundant breakfast, is opposite the station and within a few minutes of the centre. The walk to the opera house takes around eight minutes through a small park which includes a statue of Wagner

Testimonials from our Leipzig Ring Tour 2018