Paris Opera Highlights: June 13 - 21, 2018
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 2018 Tour will again encompass a total of SIX PERFORMANCES – four great operas of the French, Italian and Russian repertoire – a Recital by the glamorous Romanian diva Angela Gheorghiu, and a piano Recital by the Russian virtuoso Arcadi Volodos. Our varied 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. This Tour will be limited to 15 people.
First, a pair of the most popular 19th century French operas – Charles Gounod’s Faust and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila – will be performed at the Champs-Elysées. Jean-Francois Borras and Véronique Gens will bring authentic French style to ‘Faust’; and ‘Samson’ will offer Roberto Alagna opposite Marie-Nicole Lemieux as Saint-Saëns’ protagonists. At the Bastille Opera, our schedule will include the eagerly anticipated new production of Mussorgsky’s extraordinary Russian opera, Boris Godunov, starring Ildar Abdrazakov as the Czar and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski. Our fourth opera, also at the Bastille, will be Verdi’s ‘middle period’ masterwork, Il Trovatore, boasting a vocal quartet of Sondra Radvanovsky, Anita Rachvelishvili, Marcelo Alvarez and Zeljko Lucic.
At the Palais Garnier, we will attend a Recital by the Rumanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu, whose operatic roles embrace the works of Puccini, Verdi, Massenet, and Cilea. She continues to be one of the most sought-after singers in the world.
Finally, Russia’s Arcadi Volodos will lend his piano artistry to the Romantic repertoire of Schumann, Brahms and Schubert at the Champs-Elysées.
Mid-June promises to be perfect weather to enjoy the natural beauty of Paris and the richness of the city’s architecture. Our excursions will take us to Musée Gustav Moreau and into the country to visit the Renaissance Château de Courances from the era of Louis XIII.
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.)
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,280
Single Occupancy: $7,260