For the past twenty-three 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 2019, the Festival remains under the direction of the German conductor Christian Thielemann, and the orchestra will again be the Dresden Staatskapelle. Maestro Thielemann is their Music Director and will conduct two of the performances, and Mariss Jansons and Christoph Eschenbach will lead the others. All four evenings will take us into Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall), renowned for its brilliant acoustics and sightlines. 

The major operatic evening will be a long overdue new production of Richard Wagner’s consummate human comedy, Die Meistersinger, conducted by Thielemann. He will also lead his Dresden Staatskapelle ensemble in a concert of orchestral works by Sofia Gubaidulina, Felix Mendelssohn (his iconic Violin Concerto), and Franz Schubert (Symphony No. 9, ‘The Great’). The second orchestral concert will be under the baton of Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons, when Franz Joseph Haydn’s mature Symphony No. 100 (‘Military’) will be followed by Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.  

Salzburg’s traditional Easter choral concert will be devoted to a performance of Antonin Dvorak’s seldom encountered Stabat Mater, a profound full-length sacred work requiring a quartet of vocal soloists and chorus. The German-born maestro Christoph Eschenbach will be on the podium. 


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 following Salzburg this year, we have chosen to return to the nearby Austrian capital of Vienna, for three nights at our favorite Sacher Hotel and three performances at the revered Wiener Saatsoper (Vienna State Opera). We will encounter the glorious sound of the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit for all three evenings. Our three operas are pinnacles of the German repertory which will showcase the Staatsoper and the peerless orchestra at its very best: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fidelio, his moving ode to freedom; Richard Wagner’s late music-drama Parsifal, an especially appropriate highlight of Vienna’s Easter Week; and Richard Strauss’s searing Salome, in the exquisite ‘art nouveau’ production modeled after Gustav Klimt. 

Vienna 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. Wagnerian ‘aficionados’ should take note of both ‘Die Meistersinger’ and ‘Parsifal’ with exceptional casts and conductors. 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 Vienna’s glamorous State Opera.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,670
Single Occupancy: $7,510