Sun 28 Jan
Late morning arrival in Berlin and transfer by coach to Dresden (approx 2 hours) to check in at the traditional 4-star Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe, located in the centre of the city next to the Frauenkirche. Welcome dinner at the hotel.
Mon 29 Jan
Join your guide for a walking tour of Dresden ‘seen through musical eyes’. Following in the trail of Richard Wagner, Carl Maria von Weber and Johann Sebastian Bach, we discover famous sights including the Semperoper and the Catholic Court Church. This afternoon is at leisure before the first performance.
Tue 30 Jan
A free day to make your own choice of activity before the late afternoon performance at the Semperoper.
Wed 31 Jan
Today we make our way by coach to Moritzburg to visit the Moritzburg Hunting Lodge, built between 1542 and 1546 under the orders of Duke Moritz of Saxony. After lunch take the steam train to Radebeul before returning to Dresden by coach.
Thu 1 Feb
This morning we travel by coach to Pillnitz Palace, the riverside summer residence of Augustus the Strong, for a guided tour of the park and Castle Museum. Continue to Graupa to visit the Richard Wagner Museum before returning to Dresden. The afternoon is at leisure before the late afternoon performance at the Semperoper.
Fri 2 Feb
Join your guide to visit Colditz Castle, originally built 950 years ago, and best known as a prisoner-of-war camp for Allied officers during World War II. It’s most famous inmate was Winston Churchill’s nephew. Colditz clay was also an essential ingredient of the famous Meissen porcelain. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. Return to Dresden for the rest of the day at leisure.
Sat 3 Feb
This morning visit the Historic Green Vault followed by lunch in a local restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Sun 4 Feb
Day at leisure before the afternoon performance at the Semperoper.
Mon 5 Feb
Morning at leisure. Transfer to Berlin airport for your homeward journey.
CD: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Recorded at Bayreuth in 1955, the first Ring Cycle in stereo still outclasses many later rivals, thanks in no small part to the spellbinding conducting of Joseph Keilberth who rings every last drop of suspense and tension from the mammoth narrative. The singers, too, have rarely been bettered, particularly Astrid Varnay’s incandescent Brünnhilde, Gré Brouwenstijn’s urgent Sieglinde, and Hans Hotter’s towering Wotan, catching both the god’s authority and his fatal flaws like few others. (Testament; SBT141412)
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DVD: Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Referencing Marxism and the Industrial Revolution, Patrice Chéreau’s 1976 production caused controversy when it was first performed at Bayreuth to mark the festival’s centenary, but by the time it was filmed four years later it was acknowledged as a masterpiece for its astute exploration of the power-dynamics at work in the cycle. Boulez supports his vision with conducting of great clarity; in a strong cast, Peter Hofmann’s ardent Siegmund and Gwyneth Jones’s radiant Brünnhilde stand out. (Deutsche Grammophon; 0734057)
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Programme at the Semperoper
29 Jan 19.00
30 Jan 17.00
1 Feb 17.00
4 Feb 17.00
D: Willy Decker
C: Christian Thielemann
Cast includes: Petra Lang, Andreas Schager, Albert Dohmen, Christa Mayer, Gerhard Siegel, Kurt Streit, Georg Zeppenfeld
28 Jan London Heathrow – Berlin dep: 08.35 arr: 11.25
5 Feb Berlin – London Heathrow dep: 16.25 arr: 17.25
Flight schedules are subject to alteration.
Flights from other UK airports can be arranged on request.
Prices per person
|Single room supplement||£400|
|Club Europe flight upgrade from||£300|
|Land-only tour price||£2480|
Tour price includes: Flights and airport taxes, group transfers from and to airport and for included activities where applicable, accommodation, breakfast daily, one dinner, three lunches, sightseeing tours as described including guides and entrance fees, first category ticket for each included performance, opera synopses, restaurant guide and city notes, the services of our local representative or tour manager.
*High deposit due to great demand for tickets, which need to be paid immediately upon confirmation.