Vienna Spring Highlights: April 18 - 26, 2018
For nearly twenty consecutive years, we have chosen an optimum spring week of the Vienna StateOpera’s season for our annual visit to Austria’s vibrant music capital. Our 2018 program continues this tradition and coincides with the appearance of many of today’s leading artists in their signature roles at the Staatsoper. Only in Vienna are we able to offer the diversity of five major operas during the concise period of one week. The operas will be a trio of electric Italian masterworks – Verdi’s Aida, Puccini’s Turandot, and Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier; and a pair of romantic German landmarks- Beethoven’s stirring ode to freedom, Fidelio, and Wagner’s soaring RING music-drama, Die Walküre.
Among the principals in the casts will be the sensational pairing of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros as the protagonists of ‘Andrea Chénier; Lise Lindstrom, Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna in ‘Turandot’; Kristin Lewis and Anita Rachvelishvili as the rivals of ‘Aida’; Ricarda Merbeth and Peter Seiffert as the heroic lovers of ‘Fidelio’; and Iréne Theorin, Simone Schneider, Christopher Ventris and Tomasz Konieczny heading the roster of ‘Die Walküre’. For all five operas at the venerable Staatsoper, the revered Vienna Philharmonic will be in the pit. The superior conductors will be Jesus Lopez Cobos, Marco Armiliato, Frédéric Chaslin, and Adam Fischer for the two German works. PERFORMANCES AT THE VIENNA STATE OPERA FEATURE SIMULTANEOUS ENGLISH TITLES. THE TITLES ARE SIMILAR TO THE MET’S, IN FRONT OF EACH SEAT RATHER THAN OVER THE STAGE.
An instrumental highlight will be a Saturday morning Chamber Concert by members of the Vienna Philharmonic in the Staatsoper’s intimate Gustav Mahler Saal. The Philharmonic’s Nicolai Quartet will offer a program of Beethoven’s iconic quartets.
Mid-April is an optimum period to discover Vienna’s gourmet restaurants and priceless museums – before the hordes of summer tourists – and to enjoy the luxury of the renowned Sacher Hotel adjacent to the Staatsoper. Our excursions will take us into the Vienna Woods to the wine-village of Gumpoldskirchen ; and through the incomparable drawing and painting collection of the renovated Albertina Museum.
Accommodations for seven nights, 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 week in Vienna will be greatly enhanced by the comfort of staying in this famous hotel.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $6,180
Single Occupancy: $7,160