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“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 2018 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. Two additional highlights will be a solo Recital by the electric Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov; and an orchestral concert by the revered Vienna Philharmonic under the Italian maestro Riccardo Muti. 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.

Chronologically, our first opera will be Claudio Monteverdi’s extraordinary early masterwork, Il Coronazione di Poppea, with the MET stars Sonya Yoncheva and Kate Lindsay as the early Roman lovers (Poppea and Nero); Rossini’s delightful ‘bel canto’ comedy, L’Italiana in Algeri, being revived to showcase Cecilia Bartoli in one of her dazzling coloratura roles; Tchaikovsky’s gripping Russian melodrama, Pique Dame (‘The Queen of Spades’), featuring Evgenia Muraveva, Brandon Jovanovich and Hanna Schwarz as the pivotal protagonists of the Pushkin-based tale; Richard Strauss’s searing one-act German opera, Salome, with Lithuanian soprano Asmik Grigorian assuming the challenging title role; and Hans Wener Henze’s 20th century music drama, The Bassarids, in an English text following Euripides’ classical play, ‘The Bacchae’. With the sole exception of ‘L’Italiana’, 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’). 

Three of the operas will be enhanced by the luxury of the Vienna Philharmonic in the pit, under the leadership of Franz Welser-Möst, Mariss Jansons, and Kent Nagano; and Monteverdi’s early work will be illuminated by Sir William Christie and his peerless ensemble, Les Arts Florissants. The Daniil Trifonov Recital will offer a wide-ranging repertoire of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and others; and the Vienna Philharmonic concert boasts Riccardo Muti on the podium for a pair of Romantic works of Schumann and Schubert.  

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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 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.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

Double Occupancy: $6,385
Single Occupancy: $7,235