Vienna & Salzburg Easter Festival: April 3 - 12, 2017
For the past twenty-one 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 2017, the Festival remains under the direction of the prestigious German conductor Christian Thielemann, and the orchestra will be the Dresden Staatskapelle. Maestro Thielemann will conduct two of the performances, and Myung-Whun Chung and Franz Welser-Möst will lead the others.
The major operatic evening will be a re-creation of the famed 1967 production of Richard Wagners’ Die Walküre conceived by Günther Schneider-Siemssen with Thielemann conducting. He will also lead the Dresden Staatskapelle in a Mozart and Bruckner program featuring the Russian piano sensation Daniil Trifonov. The choral concert will combine Gabriel Fauré’s lyrical Requiem with Camille Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, under Maestro Chung. The fourth evening will offer Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with Franz Welser-Möst in charge.
This year, we are able to include an extraordinary Fifth Concert in Salzburg! Christian Thielemann will lead the visiting Vienna Philharmonic and a quartet of international soloists in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (‘Choral’) in the Large Festival Hall.
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 Easter Weekend this year, we have chosen to return to the nearby Austrian capital of Vienna, for four nights at the renowned 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 first evening will be the romantic ballet of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin in the celebrated John Cranko version. This will be followed by Gioachino Rossini’s ‘bel canto’ comedy L’Italiana in Algeri and Richard Wagner’s sacred Easter music-drama Parsifal, appropriately scheduled on the day before Good Friday.
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. Wagnerian ‘aficionados’ should take note of both ‘Parsifal’ and ‘Die Walküre’ with exceptional casts. 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. For this writer, our program is ‘not-to-be-missed because of Nina Stemme in ‘Parsifal’, Anja Harteros in both ‘Die Walküre and Beethoven’s Ninth, and the unusual extra Salzburg concert by the Vienna Philharmonic.
Accommodations for four nights in Vienna, with a lavish buffet breakfast included at the deluxe Sacher Hotel, among a handful of Europe’s finest properties by virtue of the full personal service and the old-world charm of the bedrooms and public spaces. The Sacher enjoys an optimum position directly across the street from the Opera House and at the head of the shops along the Kärntnerstrasse. Both the main restaurant and the Café boast superb cuisine, and the concierge has earned an enviable reputation for arranging any independent activities. Your stay in Vienna will be greatly enhanced by the comfort and location of this renowned hotel.
Our accommodations in Salzburg are for four 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.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,670
Single Occupancy: $7,550