Paris Opera Highlights: May 31 - June 8, 2019
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 early June, our 2019 Tour will encompass a total of FIVE PERFORMANCES. 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 elegant ‘art nouveau’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, a short walk from our hotel; and the city’s newest venue, the Philharmonie de Paris at the Cité de la Musique.
Our operatic evenings will include a pair of Italian masterworks at the Bastille – Verdi’s melodic and brooding tragedy, La Forza del Destino, and Puccini’s riveting melodrama, Tosca. We are delighted that a third opera will be Jacques Offenbach’s French ‘opéra comique’, Maître Péronilla, a French rarity at the Champs-Elysées. The superlative international casts will be headed by Sonja Yoncheva, Jonas Kaufmann and Luca Salsi in ‘Tosca’; Anja Harteros, Brian Jagde, and Zeljko Lucic in ‘Forza’; and Véronique Gens lending authentic French charm to Offenbach.
A change of pace will be an orchestral concert by the peerless Vienna Philharmonic, which will be visiting the Champs-Elyséeswith a program of Robert Schumann and Hector Berlioz under the Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons. A second instrumental evening will feature the charismatic Polish pianist Krystian Zimerman in a Recital at the Philharmonie.
Early June promises to be perfect weather to enjoy the natural beauty of Paris and the richness of the city’s architecture. Our several excursions will take us to the rose gardens and château of the Parc de Bagatelle; the Musée des Arts Forainsin the 12tharondissement; and Alexandre Dumas’ Château de Monte Cristo in St. Germain-en-Laye.
Accommodations for a leisurely seven nights with a generous buffet breakfast included at the Hotel Château Frontenac on rue Pierre Charon in the heart of the Champs-Elysées district. This art-deco hotel has an elegant cocktail bar, a spacious reception area with a lovely crystal chandelier and comfortable guest lounge. The friendly surrounding neighborhood is ideal for strolling through quiet streets, shopping in intriguing boutiques, and dining in characteristic French bistros and cafés.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,680
Single Occupancy: $7,660