Vienna Spring Highlights: June 15 - 23, 2017
For eighteen 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 2017 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 pair of Verdi’s most popular masterworks – Rigoletto and Don Carlo; Donizetti’s ‘bel canto’ comedy, L’Elisir d’Amore; Richard Strauss’s emotionally searing Elektra; and a long overdue new production of Claude Debussy’s French landmark, Pelléas et Mélisande.
Among the principals in the casts will be Nina Stemme as Elektra opposite Waltraud Meier as Clytemnestra; Krassimira Stoyanova, Ramon Vargas, Placido Domingo and Ferruccio Furlanetto in ‘Don Carlo’; Verdi baritone Roberto Frontali as Rigoletto; Rolando Villazon as Nemorino and Bryn Terfel as a ‘buffo’ Dulcamara in ‘L’Elisir’; and Simon Keenlyside as Debussy’s protagonist, Golaud. For all five operas at the venerable Staatsoper, the revered Vienna Philharmonic will be in the pit. 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 orchestral highlight will be a sold-out Sunday morning Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna’s famed Musikverein. The Latvian maestro Mariss Jansens will conduct works of Dvorak, Richard Strauss and Stravinsky.
Mid-June is an is an optimum period to 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 through the scenic Vienna Woods to the Gothic Abbey of Heiligenkreuz (‘Holy Cross’) and the wine-village of Gumpoldskirchen for a ‘heurigen’ lunch; 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: $5,980
Single Occupancy: $6,960