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Located in the Southwestern corner of Germany’s pastoral Black Forest, a short distance from both France and Switzerland, the resort town of Baden-Baden has long been a favorite retreat of Europeans for the thermal waters and the old-world luxury of the facilities. Now this charming center has emerged as the home of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden-Arts Foundation, which has been sponsoring a number of major Festivals since 2000. Following our recent sold-out Tour for the 2018 Whitsun Festival, we are now planning a return in April of 2019 for the Easter Festival’s remarkable variety of thrilling performances. (We have included a full, leisurely week to maximize our enjoyment of Baden Baden.)

Our six Easter performances will embrace a pair of masterworks by Giuseppe Verdi: his penultimate work for the stage, Otello; and the emotional Verdi Requiem for chorus and a quartet of soloists. Baden-Baden’s stellar international casts wil feature Sonya Yoncheva, Stuart Skelton and Luca Salsi in their Shakespearean portrayals of ‘Otello’; and Vittoria Yeo, Elina Garance, Francesco Meli and Ildar Abdrazakov intoning the Latin text of the Requiem. The orchestra for both works will be the revered Berlin Philharmonic, with Daniele Gatti leading the opera and Riccardo Muti in charge of the Requiem. 

On a third evening, we look forward to an operatic premiere, offering Victoria Bond’s chamber opera, Clara. In the city’s smaller Baden-Baden Theatre, ‘Clara’ will delineate the life of Robert Schumann’s daughter and her relationships with her husband, her father, and Johannes Brahms.  

A fourth program is entitled Musikfest and will showcase members of the Berlin Philharmonic and the National Youth Orchestra of Germany in works of Verdi, Prokofiev, Mercadante, and Respighi (‘The Pines of Rome’) under the baton of Daniele Gatti

Our week will culminate with yet another highlight, with the Berlin Philharmonic under the dynamic Russian maestro Kirill Petrenko in a program of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. The piano soloist will be Lang Lang. Earlier on the same day, we will enjoy a matinee concert in the hotel’s Orangerie where The Philharmonic Salon will offer one of Verdi’s chamber works.

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April is an ideal month for you to relax in the local spas and to absorb the atmosphere of Baden-Baden’s unique vacation atmosphere. The cafes and restaurants specialize in the finest international cuisine, and you will want to enjoy a first-hand experience in the gambling rooms of the casino designed by the Parisian, Jacques Bénazet. We have planned an introductory walking-tour of the charming city center and a full-day excursion to the Baroque Residential Palace of Rastatt in the Upper Rhine Valley. 

Accommodations for seven nights at Baden-Baden’s renowned Brenner’s Park Hotel and Spa, with a lavish buffet breakfast in the spacious Salon Lichtenthal. “A stately mansion off the leafy Lichtentaler Allee, set on spacious private grounds” (Fodor), the Brenner Park ranks as the town’s most luxurious hotel and attracts the elite of Europe at all times of the year. As it is particularly popular during any Festival periods, we are fortunate to have our early confirmation. The thermal baths on the premises offer extensive steam rooms and saunas, and a range of massages from ‘Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi’ to ‘Arabian Nights at Brenner’s. (Our reservations include free use of the pool, the Saunarium Spa and the Fitness Centre.).

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,750
Single Occupancy: $7,430