Experience the finest in classical music and opera vacation packages - geared to today's sophisticated traveler.

 

Berlin Strauss Festival

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April 4 - 12, 2016

Our annual visits to Berlin for the past twenty years have been increasingly focused on the remarkable Deutsche Oper which has given us rewarding performances. Now we are indebted to their General Music Director Donald Runnicles for announcing a thrilling Richard Strauss Festival encompassing five of his major operas.
 

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Paris Opera Highlights

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May 21 - 29, 2016

During the ideal weather of late May, our 2016 tour will encompass a total of SIX PERFORMANCES - four great operas of the Italian and German repertoire, a romantic ballet, and a piano recital. Our program will take us to three of the city's glamorous venues: the Bastille Opera, Palais Garner and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

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Northern Italy

June 30 - July 9, 2016

Our annual summer tour to Northern Italy remains among our most popular offerings. For 2016, our program will encompass two performances at Milan's legendary Teatro all Scala and three evenings in the spectacular Verona Arena. Between these two destinations, we will enjoy a three-night respite in the idyllic village of Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como.

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The Santa Fe Opera

August 1 - 6, 2016

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Santa Fe Opera's 2016 season will celebrate the company's 60th Anniversary with an irresistible variety of proven and unfamiliar works. We will include all five major opera productions, with a performance - or a concert - every evening. The open-air opera house offers an experience that no opera enthusiast should miss.
 


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The Glimmerglass Festival

August 11 - 14, 2016

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During the past few years, Glimmerglass Festival has set an example to other summer festivals with unusually creative programs. Last summer's choices ranged from Vivaldi's  'Cato in Utica' to Bernstein's 'Candide', and all four of the season's productions were presented in innovative productions.
 


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New York May Weekend

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May 3 - 6, 2016

During the second week of March, we found an irresistible four-night program of two operas at the MET and two unusual concerts - a choral masterwork by the NY Philharmonic and a Carnegie Hall program by the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Our upcoming May program includes performances at the MET, NY City Ballet and the Carnegie Hall 125th Anniversary Gala.

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Vienna Spring Highlights

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May 28 - June 5, 2016

For seventeen consecutive years, we have chosen an optimum spring week of the Vienna State Opera's season for our annual visit to Austria's vibrant music capital. Our 2016 program is exceptional, coinciding with the appearance of Jonas Kaufmann in a solo Recital.
 

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Munich Opera Festival

July 21 - 29, 2016

As in most recent years, Munich's traditional summer Opera Festival in 2016 offers a plethora of six major operas within a compact seven-night period. Seldom do we encounter such an enticing choice of pivotal works by the operatic giants - Mozart, Verdi and Wagner - as well as relative rarities by Rameau and Boito.


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Macerata & Pesaro

August 3 - 12, 2016

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Our third consecutive combination of Northern Italy's Macerata and Pesaro will offer an even more interesting repertoire of operas and notably upgraded casting. After receiving unanimous accolades from our travelers, we do not want to lose the momentum for this unusual tour which embraces two major opera festivals on Italy's Adriatic coast in the late summer.


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The Salzburg Festival

August 24 - September 1, 2016

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The Salzburg Festival remains the most prestigious and expensive of all summer festivals, renowned for its high level of artistic achievement and its elite atmosphere of European style. We are gratified that our 2016 tour will encompass a full week in this charming town and a varied and balanced program of six unusual performances.


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Washington 'Ring Cycle'

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May 17 - 22, 2016

The Washington National Opera (WNO) will be the next major company to mount Richard Wagner's towering Der Ring des Niebelungen. During a concise six-night period in May 2016, Great Performance Tours will host old and new friends for the four performances of the Ring Cycle at Washington's prestigious Kennedy Center.
 

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The Spoleto Festival

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May 29 - June 1, 2016

The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina is widely recognized as the country's most comprehensive arts festival, and Charleston itself recently ranked for three consecutive years as Condé Nast's foremost destination in the country. First and foremost will be the new production of George Gershwin's classic, Porgy and Bess.

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Tanglewood

July 28 - 31, 2016

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Tanglewood and the rolling hills of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts offer a wide range of superlative performing arts during the compact summer season. During the busy weekends of July and August, cultural aficionados are hard-pressed to choose between the glorious concerts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and several fine theatre festivals.

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Bayreuth & Nürnberg

August 10 - 17, 2016

Wagner 'aficionados' will be thrilled by the news that we are able to offer an overdue return to Germany's famed Bayreuth Festival for FOUR of his towering music dramas - Der Fliegende Holländer, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and Die Götterdämmerung. Our tour will being in Nürnberg, the location of the closest major airport to Bayreuth.



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The Lucerne Festival

August 28 - September 5, 2016

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The world's roomiest orchestras, conductors and soloists gather each year at Switzerland's prestigious Lucerne Festival for a final chapter of the summer's international festival season. The renowned acoustics of the contemporary state-of-the-art Concert Hall attract today's most sought-after stars.


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