Itinerary

Sun 26 Apr

Arrive mid-afternoon and transfer to the 4-star Kimpton Gray Hotel in downtown Chicago, a short walk from the Lyric. The hotel boasts stunning Georgia Gray marble throughout and is the ultimate in chic - including its daily complimentary wine hour. Enjoy welcome appetizers and the evening at leisure.

Mon 27 Apr

Start the day with a backstage tour of Lyric Opera of Chicago, the second largest opera house in the United States with stunning art deco interior. Independent lunch before the matinee performance of the first part of this highly-anticipated Ring cycle. Dinner that evening at a local restaurant.

Tue 28 Apr

Join your guide this morning to explore Chicago’s ‘Cultural Mile’. Stop first at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the world’s great art museums with its wide-ranging collection of art work, including the iconic ‘American Gothic’, then stroll along Millennium Park, an award-winning centre for art, music, landscape and architecture. Finish the tour at the Cultural Center which houses the largest Tiffany glass dome. The rest of the day is free to further explore this architecturally-inspiring city.

Wed 29 Apr

Roger Pines, dramaturg at Lyric Opera and a leading light on opera, will give a unique talk focusing on highlights of this new Ring cycle. This talk has been specially devised for Travel for the Arts clients. There will be time for a quick independent lunch before Die Walküre. The evening is at leisure.

Thu 30 Apr

Attend a noon-time discussion at the Lyric with Sir Andrew Davis and select cast members. In the afternoon take a boat along the Chicago River and witness a floating view of the many skyscrapers and buildings that have made Chicago the home of modern American architecture. This is followed by a visit to the Architecture Center with numerous exhibits devoted to celebrating architectural innovation. Dinner and the evening at leisure.

Fri 1 May

Today is the matinee performance of Siegfried with the rest of the day free for shopping or further sightseeing.

Sat 2 May

Morning transfer to Oak Park. America’s best-known architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked in this Chicago neighbourhood for 20 years. You will have a private guided tour of both his home and studio as well as the local area which has the world’s largest collection of buildings designed by Wright. Return to the hotel with time to rest before dinner in a local restaurant.

Sun 3 May

Enjoy a light lunch before the fourth and final installment of the Ring cycle. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Mon 4 May

Check out and transfer to the airport for the homeward flight.

Tue 5 May

Early morning arrival in London.

Programme

27 Apr 14.00

DAS RHEINGOLD WagnerInc

29 Apr 14.00

DIE WALKÜRE WagnerInc

1 May 14.00

SIEGFRIED WagnerInc

3 May 14.30

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG WagnerInc

D: David Pountney

C: Sir Andrew Davis

Cast includes: Christine Goerke, Burkhard Fritz, Eric Owens, Samuel Youn, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Brandon Jovanovich, Laura Wilde, Stephen Milling, Ronnita Miller, Robert Brubaker, Matthias Klink, Soloman Howard, Henning von Schulman

New Cycle

Flights

British Airways

26 Apr London Heathrow – Chicago O’Hare dep: 12:15 arr: 15:05

4 May Chicago O’Hare - London Heathrow dep: 17:05 arr: 06:50 (+1)

Flight schedules are subject to alteration.

Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.

Prices per person

Tour price £4695
Single room supplement £800
Business class flight upgrade from £3795
World Traveller Plus flight upgrade from £995
Land-only tour price £4195
Deposit required £1200
Tour code CHI1

Tour price includes: *High deposit due to great demand for tickets.

Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, two dinners, one lunch, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, main floor prime seats for each included performance, introductory talk, discussion, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the service of our local representative or tour manager.