For the past twenty-two years, we have offered an annual four-night visit to the prestigious Salzburg Easter Festival encompassing the complete four-performance cycle of opera and concerts. For 2018, the Festival remains under the direction of the prestigious German conductor Christian Thielemann, and the orchestra will be the Dresden Staatskapelle. Maestro Thielemann will conduct three of the concerts as well as the opera. 

The major operatic evening will be an eagerly anticipated new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca, with an international cast showcasing soprano Anja Harteros at the height of her career. The concerts will offer works of Mozart, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Mahler – with such illustrious soloists as mezzo-soprano Elina Garanca, cellist Sol Gabetta, and the duo-pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque. The choral concert will be Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3. 

In most years, we have combined Salzburg with a second city where the opera program is the most enticing of the season – sometimes Munich, Vienna, Prague or Zürich. Immediately prior to Salzburg this year, we have chosen to return to the Bavarian capital of Munich, for three nights at the renowned Vier Jahreszeiten Hotel and three performances at the revered Bayerischer Staatsoper. Our first evening will be the company’s celebrated production of Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier – a peerless traditional staging with exquisite scenic designs – conducted by Music Director Kirill Petrenko. A second opera will be Giuseppe Verdi’s mature masterwork, Les Vêpres Siciliennes, in the original French version created for the Paris Opera. Our third evening in Munich will be the Premiere Production of Anna Karenina, a ballet version of Tolstoy’s romantic tragedy with an eclectic score by Rachmaninov, Lutoslawski and others.  

Munich and Salzburg are two of our favorite destinations. We look forward to this convenient combination of exhilarating music in two cities with enticing restaurants and state-of-the art theatres for our diversified performances. This Tour is highly recommended for those who have never experienced the refined ambience of Salzburg’s Easter Festival or the high musical standards of Munich’s State Opera. For this writer, our program is ‘not-to-be-missed because ofHarteros as Tosca, Mahler’s towering Symphony No. 3, Munich’s iconic ‘Rosenkavalier’, Verdi’s often overlooked ‘Sicilian Vespers’, and an adventurous new ballet version of ‘Anna Karenina’.

 


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,280
Single Occupancy: $6,930