Berlin Opera Highlights: May 22 - 30, 2018
Berlin’s venerable Deutsche Oper commands an imposing site on Bismarckstrasse and has maintained an uninterrupted leading position in Berlin’s multifaceted musical scene. Especially in recent years, the company’s adventurous programming has rewarded Great Performance Tours with consistently sold-out Tours. The Deutsche Oper has surpassed our expectations for their extensive Richard Strauss and Wagner repertoire (our RING CYCLE Tour last season elicited unanimous enthusiasm from our travelers).
Now in the late spring of 2018, we have chosen a week-long program which will be highlighted by three evenings of the Deutsche Oper’s Verdi Festival embracing both Nabucco and Don Carlo as well as a Verdi Sonderkonzert (‘Special Concert’). The international casts of Verdi interpreters will include Anna Smirnova and Zeljko Lucic in ‘Nabucco’; Anja Harteros, Rolando Villazon and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo in ‘Don Carlo’; and Sonya Yoncheva and Fabio Sartori for the ‘Sonderkonzert’.
A fourth evening of sensational Italian vocalism at the Deutsche Oper will be Donizetti’s ‘bel canto’ tragedy Maria Stuarda. Soprano Diana Damrau, tenor Javier Camarena and baritone Nicolas Testé head the cast of this Concert Performance.
The Deutsche Oper now presents all of their operas with English surtitles.
In addition to the four operas, we are delighted to include a pair of important orchestral concerts. At the city’s landmark Philharmonie Hall, we will hear the peerless Berlin Philharmonic under Music Director Sir Simon Rattle performing Anton Bruckner’s final Symphony No. 9. We will also attend a concert by the visiting Bremen Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in the city’s Konzerthaus, the neo-classic jewel completed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel in 1821. The piano soloist will be Igor Levit.
Since the reunification of Germany in l989, Berlin has truly emerged as Europe’s most active cultural capital. Countless articles in travel and news journals continue to emphasize the massive reconstruction transforming the city. With our busy schedule of performances, we have left ample free time for you to experience many other highlights of Berlin’s on your own. To visit Berlin is a revelation. Every traveler should discover the thrill of walking along ‘Unter den Linden’ Boulevard – past where The Wall formerly blocked all passage. The survival, reconstruction and final reunion of Berlin add a moving chapter to modern political history, now reinforced by the return of the nation’s government to the Reichstag and other major sites reflecting the city’s turbulent 20th century upheaval.
Accommodations for seven nights with an elaborate buffet breakfast at the Bristol Kempinski Hotel. Combining old-world appointments and personal service with renovated furnishings, the Kempinski is a famous landmark and meeting place in Berlin. Located on the corner of the throbbing Kurfürstendamm adjacent to the city’s prime shopping area, the Kempinski features an indoor swimming pool and health club (complimentary for hotel guests) and several excellent restaurants. The gourmet Grill Room remains open for late suppers after the opera, and the convenient Café on the corner offers convenient snacks and all-day dining. All of our rooms are confirmed in the hotel’s Deluxe category.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,200
Single Occupancy: $5,940