The Salzburg Festival: August 19 - 27, 2017
The Salzburg Festival remains the most prestigious and expensive of all summer festivals, renowned for its high level of artistic achievement and its elite atmosphere of European style. Our 2017 Tour will encompass a full week (seven nights) in this charming town and will include an unprecedented variety of five major opera performances, with innovative new productions for four of them. A sixth performance will be a Saturday morning orchestral concert by the revered Vienna Philharmonic. Every music aficionado is well aware that Salzburg’s August performances and leading hotels are already sold out months in advance.
Chronologically, our first opera will be George Frideric Handel’s Baroque landmrark, Ariodante, being staged for the Italian coloratura Cecilia Bartoli in the title role. Second will be Giuseppe Verdi’s grandest and most popular work, Aida. Third, Alban Berg’s brooding tragedy Wozzeck will offer German baritone Matthias Goerne in the acclaimed William Kentridge production on loan from the MET. Fourth, the sizzling Lady Macbeth of Mzensk by Dmitri Shostakovich will feature Swedish dramatic soprano Nina Stemme as Katerina opposite Italy’s bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as her overbearing father-in-law Boris. Finally, Albert Reimann’s Shakespearean update of Lear will showcase Canadian bass/baritone Gerald Finley as Shakespeare’s protagonist. With the sole exception of ‘Ariodante’, the other four stagings will be mounted in new productions. Our evenings will take us into all three of the Festival’s major venues – the expansive Large Festival Hall, the Haus für Mozart, and the historic Felsenreitschule (‘Riding School’).
Also with the exception of ‘Ariodante’, the other four operas will all be enhanced by the luxury of the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit, under the leadership of Riccardo Muti, Mariss Jansons, Vladimir Jurowski, and Franz Welser-Möst. On our last day, a morning concert will present the Vienna Philharmonic in Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 (‘Night Music’), conducted by Daniel Barenboim.
With upgraded and renovated accommodations (see paragraph below) at the classic traditional Pitter Hotel (now a member of the Crowne Plaza chain), we have planned an incomparable week of music and sightseeing in the foothills of the Alps and tranquil Salzkammergut Lakes. Old and new friends should respond immediately to avoid disappointment.
Our accommodations in Salzburg are for seven nights (with a generous buffet breakfast) at ‘The Pitter’ – a traditional Salzburg hotel centrally located near the Mirabel Gardens and a short walk from the Mozarteum. The Pitter retains the classic Austrian atmosphere that attracts local residents to its several well-known dining areas. Both the Rainerstube Keller and the gourmet Imlauer Restaurant serve regional menus before and after the Festival performances, and the Plaza Bar is a popular gathering spot for international visitors. Our twin/double rooms are upgraded to spacious Junior Suites, and our single rooms are upgraded to double rooms for single occupancy. Following a major renovation, the Pitter has recently reopened with important on-site improvements and services. The top floor now offers the Sky Restaurant Imlauer for breakfast with a beautiful view over Salzburg, and a fitness, sauna and relaxation area.
IMPORTANT: In the full Brochure that you will see through the link below, please note a change in cast. For the date of our performance of Aida, the title role will be sung by Vittoria Yeo. We did not learn of the alternate casting for this production until after our Brochure was published. We apologize for this unintentional error.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,180
Single Occupancy: $7,030