Berlin - Wagner Festival: May 6 - 14, 2019
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 recent RING CYCLE elicited unanimous enthusiasm from our travelers). Now in the late spring of 2019, we have chosen a week-long program which will be highlighted by all four operas of the Deutsche Oper’s Wagner Festival. Chronologically, the four evenings will embrace Wagner’s rarely staged early work, Rienzi (premiered in Dresden, 1842), followed by Der Fliegende Holländer (Dresden 1843), Tannhäuser (Dresden 1845, revised for Paris in 1861), and Lohengrin (Weimar 1850). Only in Bayreuth or Berlin is it possible today to encounter four of Wagner’s non-RING music-dramas within the space of a week.
Berlin is also the seat of several great orchestras. For a change of pace, we will enjoy a concert by the Orchester der Deutschen Oper, with Donald Runnicles conducting Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 (‘Tragic’); and a second concert taking us back into the newly restored Berlin Staatsoper for Daniel Barenboim leading his ensemble in a program of Mozart and Prokofiev (the Cantata Alexander Nevsky, with Anita Rachvelishvili soloist).
All of our tickets have been confirmed in optimal locations. The Deutsche Oper now presents every opera with English surtitles.
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 venerable Bristol 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 preferred Executive category.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,500
Single Occupancy: $6,250