• Attend the four critically acclaimed Ring Cycle performances in the city of Wagner’s birth
• Take a day trip to Dresden, home to the splendid Semper Opera House where Wagner premiered several works
• Enjoy the musical delights of Leipzig, from an exhibition on the young Wagner to the celebrated Bach-Archiv
is Musical Director of the Edinburgh Chamber Orchestra
Depart London Heathrow 1010, arriving Berlin 1300. Transfer to Seaside Park Hotel, Leipzig, for six nights. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by orientation walking tour of Leipzig. Free afternoon. Early evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Das Rheingold.
Morning lecture followed by visit to the Bach-Archiv (the world’s pre-eminent centre of Bach scholarship). Free afternoon. Early evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Die Walküre.
Whole day excursion to Dresden, including visit to the Frauenkirche, guided tour of the Semperoper (subject to confirmation) and free time for exploration. Free evening.
Morning lecture followed by visit to Mendelssohn House Museum with piano recital by Tour Director. Free afternoon. Early evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Siegfried.
Morning lecture followed by visit to the Alte Nikolaischule (exhibition on the young Wagner). Free afternoon. Early evening performance at Leipzig Opera House: Götterdämmerung.
Transfer to Berlin for 1350 departure, arriving Heathrow 1455.
14 Jan — 20 Jan 2020
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This tour will be taken at a relaxed pace with free time to relax around the performances. Participants should be comfortable undertaking short walking tours in Leipzig and Dresden, sometimes involving cobbles and uneven surfaces.
Cost of £2695 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four lunches, three opera plates, two dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £165.
Own flight reduction: £140.