Berlin - Wagner's Ring Cycle: April 11 - 18, 2017
Berlin’s venerable Deutsche Oper has been widely hailed for its superlative production of Richard Wagner’s complete four-opera cycle of Der Ring des Nibelungen. With the Scottish conductor Donald Runnicles in charge of an exceptional international cast, the Götz Friedrich staging will be unveiled again over a concise period of only five nights next spring. We were fortunate to send a sold-out group a few years ago for a similar experience, and we do not want to miss the April ’17 revival.
Because ‘The Ring’ is typically staged in Europe over a considerably longer period, the Deutsche Oper’s five-night Cycle provides a unique opportunity of experiencing Wagner’s masterpiece during a short visit sensibly conceived for international travelers. Our six-night Tour will include two free nights (one before the Cycle begins and another between the two final performances) and of course the four nights of the operas. Our package therefore reflects by far the most advantageous price of any major European Ring in our thirty years of offering music tours. Optimum Orchestra Seats are already confirmed. Because we have enjoyed a rewarding relationship for many years, our seats at the Deutsche Oper are the best we ever receive for a European Ring.
The production is a revival of the acclaimed 1985 staging directed by the late Götz Friedrich, Germany’s revered director, for many years the guiding force behind the Deutsche Oper and a sought-after guest director at Berlin’s other houses and throughout Europe. The set designer is Peter Sykora, whose dramatic concept combines symbolic and natural elements to reveal a contemporary view of Wagner’s complex vision. The conductor is the Scottish maestro Donald Runnicles, who has earned his Wagnerian credentials with superlative performances as the San Francisco Opera and throughout Europe during the past several decades. An outstanding cast of experienced international artists is listed below:
Brünnhilde: Evelyn Herlitzius (Ricarda Merbeth for ‘Siegfried’)
Wotan: Samuel Youn (‘Rheingold & Siegfried) & Iain Paterson (‘Walküre)
Siegfried: Stefan Vinke
Siegmund: Brandon Jovanovich
Sieglinde: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Erda: Ronnita Miller
Fricka & Waltraute: Daniela Sindram
Hagen & Fasolt: Albert Pesendorfer
Gutrune: Ricarda Merbeth
Alberich: Werner Van Mechelen
Loge & Mime: Burkhard Ulrich
Our several excursions will focus on the incomparable museums within the central city of Berlin: the peerless European masters of the Gemäldegalerie (‘Painting Gallery’) and the celebrated antiquities of the Bode Museum on Museum Island, as well as an introductory tour of the major districts of the city. To visit Berlin ‘after The Wall’ is a revelation. Every traveler should discover the thrill of walking through the Brandenburg Gate and onto ‘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 a six 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 Eck 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: $5,850
Single Occupancy: $6,540