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CULTURAL TOURS TO CENTRAL EUROPE AND BEYOND

 

BERLIN FESTTAGE
Staatsoper Unter den Linden – Deutsche Oper
– Komische Oper – Philharmonie
17 - 23 April 2019


Daniel Barenboim started the Easter Festtage with the Berlin Staatsoper in 2006. The Staatsoper on Unter den Linden reopened recently after a prolonged renovation and we attend the first performance in the restored house of Andrea Moses’ acclaimed 2015 production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and a new production of Prokofiev’s “lyrical comic opera” Betrothal in a Monastery, based on Sheridan’s play The Duenna.

Barenboim and the Staatskapelle are joined by the soprano Anna Netrebko and the Rundfunkchor in a spectacular Verdi concert at the iconic Philharmonie.

At the Deutsche Oper in West Berlin we have Wagner’s first and last major operas : Rienzi in a classic production and Parsifal conducted by Donald Runnicles, their music director.

And to complete our attendance at all the main Berlin opera houses we have tickets at Barrie Kosky’s Komische Oper for the legendary Harry Kupfer’s new production of Handel’s 1731 London hit Poro, re dell’Indie to a libretto by Metastasio about Alexander’s invasion.

We have rooms at our favourite Berlin hotel, within easy walking distance of the Staatsoper, and walks and talks by our favourite guide, Tom Abbott.

Cost : £2240 includes return scheduled BA flights, transfers, 6 nights bed and buffet breakfast in twin-bedded room with private facilities at the 4* Hotel Albrechtshof, good tickets for all operas and concert. One dinner and 4 opera interval refreshments. Single supplement £190. Deposit £400 pp. Without flights £2090.

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Wednesday 17 April
BA flight departs Heathrow 12.55 arrives Berlin 15.50
Coach transfer to Hotel and supper

Thursday 18 April
Coach tour of Berlin with Tom Abbott. Free time in the afternoon then coach to the Deutsche Oper
RIENZI
Wagner’s first major success. A wonderful production with Torsten Kerl as the Heldentenor protagonist

Friday 19 April
Coach tour of Berlin with Tom Abbott. Free time in the afternoon then coach to the Deutsche Oper
PARSIFAL conducted by Donald Runnicles with Brandon Jovanovich (Parsifal), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Kundry) and Derek Welton (Klingsor)

Saturday 20 April
Theatre land and Jewish memories walk
4pm Philharmonie Anna Netrebko and the Staatskapelle Berlin with Daniel Barenboim Verdi arias and the Quattro Pezzi Sacra (Rundfunkchor)

7.30 Komische Oper PORO, RE DELL’INDIE by Handel in a new production by Harry Kupfer

Sunday 21 April
Museum Island and Unter den Linden walk
Staatsoper DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NÜRNBERG with Wolfgang Koch (Sachs), Eva Kleiter (Eva), and Burkhard Fritz (Walther), the Mastersingers include veterans Graham Clark, Siegfried Jerusalem, Reiner Goldberg and Olaf Bär. Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Monday 22 April
The Gemaeldegalerie
Staatsoper BETROTHAL IN A MONASTERY by Prokofiev in a new production with Violeta Urmana Conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Tuesday 23 April
Free morning
BA flight departs Berlin 14.35 arrives Heathrow 15.35


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