Paris Opera Highlights: June 11 - 19, 2017
In recent years, our annual spring Tours to Paris have consistently rewarded our travelers with a wide variety of imaginative operatic repertoire in the city’s wealth of beautiful theatres. During the ideal weather of mid-June, our 2017 Tour will encompass a total of SIX PERFORMANCES – four great operas of the Italian, French and Russian repertoire, an evening of contemporary ballet, and a vocal recital. Our program will take us to three of the city’s glamorous venues – the state-of-the-art Bastille Opera which is now the home of the Opéra National de Paris; the lavishly appointed Palais Garnier – still beloved by the Parisians as the ‘old opera house’; and the elegant ‘art nouveau’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a short walk from our hotel.
All of our tickets have already been confirmed.
First, a pair of Italian operas will include Rossini’s ‘bel canto’ comedy La Cenerentola (‘Cinderella’) at the Palais Garnier ‘old house’ and Verdi’s ‘middle period’ Rigoletto at the state-of-the-art Bastille Opera House. The Russian work will be Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodrama Eugene Onegin in the Bastille. Yet another Bastille staging will be Calixto Bieito’s sensual new production of Bizet’s French masterwork, Carmen.
In addition to the four operas, we are fortunate that our dates coincide with the sold-out Recital by Germany’s leading soprano, Anja Harteros. Her concert in the Palais Garnier promises to be a highlight of the entire European season.
Finally, an evening of Ballet at the Champs-Elysées will present a contemporary dance company – Studio 3 Cia de Dança – exploring the life of the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos through his music.
Altogether, this unusual program will provide a wealth of musical rewards. Judging from our own recent experiences, we have come to expect no less from the variety of the major Parisian opera houses.
Mid-June promises to be perfect weather to enjoy the beauty of Paris and the richness of the city’s architecture. Our excursions will take us to the Louis Vuitton Foundation and into the countryside to Milly-La-Forêt, where we will visit La Maison Jean Cocteau and the nearby Chapelle de Sainte-Blaise-des-Simples.
Accommodations for a leisurely seven nights with a generous buffet breakfast included at the Hotel Franklin Roosevelt, a gracious and personal hotel on rue Clément Marot in the heart of the Champs-Elysées district. This stone-clad, late 19th century ‘hotel particulier’ has only 48 rooms, with public areas including a convenient bar, a wood-paneled lounge with a huge fireplace, and a spacious reception area with comfortable upholstered furniture. The friendly surrounding neighborhood is ideal for strolling through quiet streets, shopping in intriguing boutiques, and dining in characteristic French bistros and cafés. (While the hotel does NOT have a full restaurant, the Brasserie Chez André is directly across the street.) If you wish to arrive a day early to adjust to the time change, we will be happy to reserve your room for the additional night of June 11th. You should let us know NOW if you want the early night.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,940
Single Occupancy: $6,920