Vienna Spring Highlights: May 26 - June 3, 2019
For nearly twenty consecutive years, we have chosen an optimum spring week of the Vienna State Opera’s season for our annual visit to Austria’s vibrant music capital. Marking the landmark 150th Anniversary of the Vienna Staatsoper, our 2019 program continues this tradition with the appearance of many of today’s leading artists in their most challenging roles at the Staatsoper. Only in Vienna are we able to offer the diversity of such high quality during the concise period of one week. The operas will be the eagerly anticipated new production of Richard Strauss’s late masterwork, Die Frau ohne Schatten (‘The Woman Without a Shadow’); Umberto Giordano’s gripping verismo melodrama of the French Revolution, Andrea Chénier; and Jules Massenet’s romantic 19th century French opera, Manon.
Among the principals in the stellar international casts will be Anna Netrebko opposite her real-life husband Yusif Eyvazov as the doomed lover of ‘Andrea Chénier’; Wolfgang Koch opposite Nina Stemme as Strauss’s Dyer and his wife, Camilla Nylund and Stephen Gould as the Empress and Emperor, and Evelyn Herlitzius as the Nurse; and Nino Machaidze in the title role of ‘Manon’ opposite Juan Diego Florez as the Chevalier Des Grieux. The superlative conductors will be Christian Thielemann for the new ‘Frau’ and Frédéric Chaslin for both ‘Chénier’ and ‘Manon’. For all 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.
On our first evening, we will be uplifted by the Staatsoper’s production of the classic ballet, Le Corsaire, with the Vienna Philharmonic’s performance of Adolphe Adam’s lush romantic score. And a fifth Staatsoper performance will be a Saturday morning Chamber Concert of works by Haydn, Debussy and Beethoven in the intimate Gustav Mahler Saal.
Finally, we are grateful that our week will include a sold-out concert by the Vienna Philharmonic in Vienna’s famed Musikverein, Europe’s most venerable concert-hall. The Latvian maestro Mariss Jansens will conduct works of Robert Schumann and Hector Berlioz.
Our late spring visit will be at an optimum period to appreciate Vienna’s gourmet restaurants and priceless museums – before the hordes of summer tourists – and to enjoy the luxury of the renowned Sacher Hotel across the street from 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: $6,380
Single Occupancy: $7,360