The Munich Opera Festival: July 21 - 29, 2017
As in most recent years, Munich’s traditional summer Opera Festival in 2017 offers a plethora of six major operas within a compact seven-night period. Seldom do we encounter such an enticing choice of pivotal works by Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Giordano, Offenbach and Shostakovich. In chronological terms, the operas will be Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide, Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorite, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Forza del Destino, Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier, Jacques Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann, and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mzensk.
Munich’s Festival always boasts a sensational roster of the world’s leading singers. The 2017 casts will include Jonas Kaufmann in two of his signature roles (‘Forza’ and ‘Chénier’) with the ideal pairing of Anja Harteros in both works; Elina Garanca in the dazzling title role of ‘Favorite’ opposite Matthew Polenzani and Mariusz Kwiecien; Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona and Lawrence Brownlee as the ‘bel canto’ exponents of ‘Semiramide’, Michael Spyres and Diana Damrau as Hoffmann and the four ladies in his life (a ‘tour de force’ for Damrau); and Anja Kampe portraying Lady Macbeth’s spiraling decline. No less than four of the operas will be mounted in important new productions, and the conductors will include the recently-named Music Director Kyrill Petrenko, who has also been announced as the next leader of the prestigious Berlin Philharmonic. All six of the operas will be staged in the National Theater, home of the Bavarian State Opera.
Accommodations for a full seven nights at the deluxe Vier Jahreszeiten (‘Four Seasons’) Hotel, with a grand European buffet breakfast included. The Vier Jahreszeiten ranks as Munich’s finest, offering a wide variety of services in an old-fashioned Bavarian atmosphere. The hotel’s cuisine is renowned throughout Europe, and an indoor pool is situated on the penthouse floor with an open balcony for sunbathing. The ideal location is only two blocks from the opera house and a short walk from the central Marienplatz shopping area. For many reasons, the Vier Jahreszeiten remains everyone’s first choice in Munich. As there will be a performance on our first evening, you may wish to arrive a day early to adjust to the time change. We will be happy to reserve your room for the optional additional night of July 21st, if you notify us soon.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,100
Single Occupancy: $6,990