London: Covent Garden Highlights - April 4 - 12, 2019
For our overdue return to London’s vibrant musical life, we have chosen a week during the early spring weather of April instead of the busy summer season when the crush of tourists can overwhelm the city. With three evenings at Covent Garden (two operas and a ballet), one at the English National Opera (ENO), and a midday chamber concert at Wigmore Hall, our program promises to offer an exciting variety of London’s superlative classical performances. (Our hotel is within comfortable walking distance of Covent Garden and the ENO.)
We have planned our week around one of the hottest tickets of the entire European season – the joint appearance of Anna Netrebko opposite Jonas Kaufmann in Verdi’s ‘middle period’ masterwork, La Forza del Destino, with Music Director Antonio Pappano conducting. (We have been able to secure a limited number of Premium-priced orchestra tickets for one of the very few dates when Netrebko and Kaufmann are singing together.) Our second opera will be Gounod’s melodic French landmark, Faust, featuring Erwin Schrott as Mephistopheles, Michael Fabiano as Faust, and Diana Damrau as Margeurite. A third evening in London’s most prestigious theatre will be the celebrated Kenneth MacMillan production of Romeo and Juliet, one of the most beautiful ballets in the entire repertoire, set to Sergei Prokofiev’s rapturous score.
At the esteemed English National Opera, we will enjoy Mozart’s multi-layered German Singspiel, The Magic Flute. To hear the familiar arias and the spoken dialogue in English will enhance our understanding of the spiritual elements of Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto.
We also plan to attend a midday Chamber Concert/Recital in the intimate ambience of London’s Wigmore Hall. We are always gratified whenever our schedule enables us to include a Wigmore Hall experience. On one of our evenings, we will enjoy a West End play to be chosen from the many new offerings to be announced in the fall. (Program TBA for Wigmore Hall and West End play.)
Thursday, April 4th, departure from New York’s Kennedy Airport at 6:30 pm on British Airways flight #112, arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport at 6:30 am on the morning of the 5th. Or independent travel to London.
Accommodations for seven nights with full English breakfast at the Strand Palace Hotel, which has recently completed a major renovation. Imposingly situated on the expansive Strand, this major property is a ten-minute walk from Covent Garden and the ENO. All of our rooms are in the upgraded Superior category. On-site dining facilities include the Carvery& Grill for leisurely meals, the Gin Palace and Lounge Bar for cocktails and light food, and the Sacred Café for coffee/tea & sandwiches/salads. There is also an on-site fitness gym.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,480
Single Occupancy: $7,070