For the past twenty-four 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 2020, 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 three of the performances, and Daniel Harding will lead the fourth. All four evenings will take us into Salzburg’s Grosses Festspielhaus (Large Festival Hall), renowned for its brilliant acoustics and sightlines. 

The major operatic event will be an eagerly awaited new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s consummate Italian melodrama, Don Carlo, conducted by Thielemann. He will also lead his Dresden Staatskapelle ensemble in a concert of orchestral works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Ludwig van Beethoven (his Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5, honoring the 250th year of his birth in 1770); and Salzburg’s traditional Easter choral concert – this year devoted to Arnold Schönberg’s full-length Gurre-Lieder (for chorus, soloists and orchestra. Maestro Harding will be on the podium for Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, in the seldom-encountered five-movement version completed by Deryck Cooke. 

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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 nearby Austrian capital of Vienna, for four 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 will be Mozart’s classic comedy Le Nozze di Figaro; Camille Saint-Saëns’ 19th century French tragedy, Samson et Dalila; and Richard Wagner’s late music-drama Parsifal, an especially appropriate highlight of Vienna’s Easter Week. 

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. 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.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,880
Single Occupancy: $7,860