Dallas & Houston: April 26 - 30, 2017
Our recent Tours combining the Texas cultural capitals of Dallas and Houston have been rewarding experiences for our travelers, who have enjoyed such major events as the opening night of ‘Moby Dick’ in the new Winspear Opera House in Dallas, a brilliant ‘Tristan und Isolde’ in Houston pairing Nina Stemme opposite Ben Heppner, the 25th Anniversary production of Argento’s ‘The Aspern Papers’ in Dallas featuring Susan Graham and Nathan Gunn, and rich orchestral programs at the Dallas Symphony. capitals. Now for the spring of 2017, we are eager to repeat the combination of these major cities for a program of three major operas, an exciting concert, and a classic theatre production. All three of the operas are brilliantly cast with important artists from today’s MET roster.
We will begin in Dallas for two nights at the deluxe and traditional Fairmont Hotel, where all of the city’s major cultural institutions are now within easy walking distance of the hotel. The new Winspear Opera House, the Symphony’s Myerson Center, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center have all been centered in the revitalized Dallas Arts District reflecting unusually wise city planning with an eye to the future. We have especially focused on Dallas next spring in order to attend the Dallas Opera’s production of Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma – the pinnacle of Italian ‘bel canto’ – being mounted for the South African soprano Elza van den Heever after her MET success in last season’s Donizetti Tudor trilogy. At the esteemed Dallas Symphony, we are fortunate that our dates coincide with a popular program of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony.
Immediately after Dallas, we will transfer by private bus to Houston for three nights at the downtown Lancaster Hotel, a short walk across the plaza from the city’s acclaimed Wortham Center. The spring operatic highlight at the Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will be Richard Wagner’s towering ‘Ring’ music-drama, Die Götterdämmerung, boasting the young American soprano Christine Goerke in the challenging role of Brünnhilde. This fourth and final chapter will complete HGO’s triumphant production of ‘Der Ring des Niebelungen’, again conducted by the company’s Artistic & Music Director, Patrick Summers. A second opera and change of pace at HGO will be Mozart’s light-hearted The Abduction from the Seraglio, with Russian soprano Albina Shagimuratova repeating her portrayal of Konstanze from the MET last spring and the sought-after Rossini tenor Lawrence Brownlee as a mellifluous Belmondo. Our Houston weekend will conclude with a Sunday matinee of Arthur Miller’s gripping melodrama A View from the Bridge, being staged at the outstanding Alley Theatre adjacent to the Wortham Center.
Late April should be an ideal period of spring weather to explore the cultural wealth of Dallas and Houston. All of our events are concentrated within a convenient five-night period, which does not often happen between these important cities.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $2,975
Single Occupancy: $3,655