Baden-Baden Easter Festival: April 2 - 12, 2020
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. 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. For the third consecutive year, we will return in April of 2020 for the Easter Festival’s thrilling performances. The revered Berlin Philharmonic is again the featured ensemble for all orchestral concerts, now under the leadership of Music Director Kirill Petrenko.
In order to include the Festival’s highlights, we have extended the Tour for an unprecedented nine nights. We have left ample free time to relax at Brenner’s Spa Hotel and to absorb the old-world ambience of the town.
Our six Easter performances will embrace a pair of Beethoven masterworks in honor of his 250th birthday celebration: both Fidelio (his only opera) and the choral Missa Solemnis will be conducted by Kirill Petrenko and will be sold-out months in advance. During the highly anticipated ‘Beethoven Year’, opera ‘aficionados’ from all over the world will be drawn to Baden-Baden for this combination of his two greatest vocal achievements – interpreted by Petrenko and the Berlin Philharmonic.
We will also encounter a pair of towering works by Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (‘Tragic’) led by Petrenko and Symphony No. 3 (with chorus and soloist) under Yannik Nézet-Séguin. A fifth orchestral concert will offer a program of Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky. Finally, an afternoon of Chamber Music will explore the variety of Beethoven’s intimate compositions.
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 French Alsation capital of Strasbourg.
Thursday, April 2nd, departure from New York’s Kennedy Airport at 9:55 pm on Lufthansa flight #405, arriving in Frankfurt at 11:40 am on the morning of the 3rd. (Or independent travel to Baden-Baden). Please note that our transfer from the airport to Baden-Baden will be for the designated flight. If you arrive on other flights, there is direct and efficient train service from Frankfurt Airport to Baden-Baden. You should contact your own travel agent if you choose this independent plan.
Accommodations for nine nights (instead of our usual seven) 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.).
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $8,380
Single Occupancy: $8,960