The Salzburg Festival: August 21 - 29, 2019
The Salzburg Festival remains the most prestigious and expensive of all summer festivals, Trenowned for its high level of artistic achievement and its elite atmosphere of European style. Our 2019 Tour will encompass a full week (seven nights) in this charming town and - similar to last year - will include a remarkable variety of five major opera performances, with innovative new productions for three of them. We are also fortunate ticket-holders for an all-Mahler orchestral concert by by the revered Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Barenboim. Every music aficionado is well aware that Salzburg's August performances and leading hotels are already sold out months in advance. All of our tickets have been confirmed.
The sensational production of Richard Strauss's Salome was the runaway hit of last summer's Festival, causing a frenzied demand for unavailable tickets. We are gratified that 'Salome' is returning on our 2019 subscription, again starring the Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian in the challenging title role. Our program will also include a pair of Italian masterworks by Giuseppe Verdi - his early success, Luisa Miller, and his mature Simon Boccanegra. The international casts will include Nino Machaidze, Pyotr Beczala and Placido Domingo in 'Luisa Miller'; and Marina Rebeka, Charles Castronovo, Luca Salsi and Rene Pape in ' Simon Boccanegra'. Finally, Jacques Offenbach's comedy, Orpheus in the Underworld, will provide a light-hearted evening of French lyricism; and George Enescu's 20th century Rumanian rarity, Oedipe, promises to be a searing psychological study with Christopher Maltman as Oedipus. 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'). , The operas will be enhanced by the luxury of the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit, under the leadership of Franz Weiser-Möst, Valery Gergiev, Ingo Metzmacher, James Conlon, and Enrique Mazzola.
With upgraded and renovated accommodations (see paragraph below) at the traditional Imlauer Hotel Pitter, 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 lmlauer 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. The top floor now offers the Sky Restaurant Imlauer for breakfast with a beautiful view over Salzburg, and a fitness, sauna and relaxation area.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,490
Single Occupancy: $7,365