Opera in Bavaria
Munich and Bayreuth | July 24 – August 4, 2018
Head to the homeland of German tradition for two of Europe’s most famous opera festivals. The tour begins in Bavaria’s capital with the historic Munich Opera Festival. Jonas Kaufmann and Nina Stemme star in Wagner’s Parsifal and Diana Damrau takes the lead in La traviata, alongside new productions of Verdi’s The Sicilian Vespers, Janáĉek’s From the House of the Dead and Haydn’s Orlando Paladino. Travelers may choose to extend their trip north into the Upper Franconian countryside for the renowned Bayreuth Festival, with performances of Jan Philipp Gloger’s The Flying Dutchman and the festival’s new production of Lohengrin directed by Yuval Sharon, artistic director of The Industry and OPERA America board member. For Ambassadors ($1,000) and above. Space limited.
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TUESDAY, JULY 24
Air Departures for Munich Independent air departures from North America to Munich (MUC).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
Arrivals and Welcome Dinner
Independent arrivals at MUC and transfer to the Platzl Hotel, perfectly situated at Sparkassenstrasse 10, directly in the Old City center. Settle in to your room for the next seven nights. In the evening the Ambassadors gather in the hotel’s Pfistermühle restaurant for a welcome dinner.
THURSDAY, JULY 26
Munich Orientation Tour and Les Vêpres siciliennes
We meet our Munich guide Susanna Waldorf and start with a driving tour that introduces us to the broader city. On return to the city center, Susanna will guide the group on foot in the immediate area surrounding Marienplatz and our hotel. Lunch and afternoon is independent. Verdi’s Les Vêpres siciliennes starts at 7:00 pm in the nearby National theater, a production directed by Antú Romero Nunes. Omer Meir Wellber leads a cast that includes Carmen Giannattosio as Hélène and Bryan Hymel as Henri. OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca will provide introductions to all operas throughout the tour.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
Munich Art and Orlando Paladino
Mid-morning we leave with Susanna for privately curated visits to two of Munich’s unique smaller museums, first a brief visit to the Villa Stuck, a fine example of the late 19th century Jugendstil movement and then on to Lenbachhaus, former residence of 19th century artist Franz von Lenbach, luminary in the Munich art world and founder the Blue Rider movement. Sir Norman Foster designed the building extension and restaurant Ella where we will pause for lunch. The early afternoon is at leisure, the opportunity to enjoy Maximilianstrasse and its surroundings.
We leave early evening by coach for the Prinzregenttheater and 7:00pm performance of Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, conducted by Ivor Bolton, in a new Axel Ranisch production.
SATURDAY, JULY 28
Day at Leisure and La traviata
The day is at leisure, with recommendations to visit one of Munich’s main art museums (Pinakotheks) or other sites.
Late afternoon we walk to the Nationaltheater for in-house dining by Dallmayr before the 7:00pm start of Verdi’s La traviata, staged by Günter Krämer and conducted by Asher Fisch, with Diana Damrau as Violetta and Charles Castronovo as Alfredo. Simone Piazzola sings the role of Giorgio Germont.
SUNDAY, JULY 29
Buchheim Museum with lunch and Lake Cruise
Our excursion today takes us out of Munich to the southwest and picturesque Starnberger See, where we will visit the Buchheim Museum der Fantasie, the stunningly situated art collection of Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Germany’s noted author and artist. We have a light lunch at the museum’s café and then leave for a cruise on Starnberger See, before returning to Munich for an independent evening.
MONDAY, JULY 30
Residenzschloss, Café Luitpold and From The House of the Dead
This morning we visit the Residenzschloss, the magnificent palace of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach, for a tour of the impressive interiors that includes the Antiquarium, Gallery of the Ancestors and the Porcelain Room. After a further short walking tour, we break for lunch at the historic Café Luitpold. Afternoon for relaxation.
This evening we attend the performance of Leoš Janáček’s bold From The House of the Dead, with a new production by stage director Frank Castorf and led musically by Simone Young.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
Final Munich Day and Parsifal
The morning is fully independent, with the option to participate in a visit the exceptional BMW Welt and Museum.
Mid-afternoon we leave for the final performance at the Nationaltheater. Richard Wagner’s last completed masterwork Parsifal, starting at 4:00pm. This Festival highlight is a new staging by Pierre Audi, conducted by Maestro Kirill Petrenko, with a magnificent cast that includes Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape and Nina Stemme. Post-performance celebratory drinks and refreshments back at the hotel brings our time together in Munich to a fitting close.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Independent departures or Extension to Bayreuth
Check out and transfer to the airport or other departure point. For those continuing on to Bayreuth, we transfer by road to the city of Bayreuth (approximately 2-3 hours) and arrive at Hotel Arvena Kongress, the preferred choice of Wagner aficionados. The rest of the day is at leisure for individual exploration of the surroundings.
In the evening we meet for dinner in the Arvena Kongress’ well regarded restaurant.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
After breakfast, we leave for a morning guided visit to the historic centre of Bayreuth and will include Wahnfried, Richard Wagner’s home and now a museum, recently re-opened. We lunch together at Restaurant Eule and return to the hotel to prepare for the opera.
The performance of Lohengrin starts at 4:00pm and will run through to approximately 10:00pm, with two sixty minute intermissions. The party will dine in style during the breaks at Walhall Lounge, set on a small hill steps away from the Festspielhaus.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
The final day is completely open.
Der fliegende Holländer will start at 6:00pm and runs without intermission.
Return to the hotel and we will dine again together to complete our Bayreuth Wagner experience.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Independent assisted departures.
- Seven nights Platzl Hotel with breakfast daily
- Five Bayerische Staatsoper performances, with best category seats
- Performance introductions by OPERA America President/CEO Marc A. Scorca
- Two dinners, three lunches and two receptions
- One full day and two half-day guided sightseeing events
- Private coach transfers
- OPERA America staff leadership throughout
- Guide, driver and restaurant gratuities
- Act 1 Tours tour management throughout Bayreuth Extension
- Three nights Hotel Arvena Kongress with breakfast
- Performances of Lohengrin and Der fliegende Holländer
- Private coach transfer from Munich to Bayreuth
- Taxi transfers
- Morning sightseeing with lunch
- Dinner during Lohengrin
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