Vienna State Opera
The Wiener Musikverein
The Wiener Musikverein
Attend several spectacular performances – including Massenet’s Werther, Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s Macbeth featuring Simon Keenlyside – in Vienna’s celebrated State Opera House
Relish the playing of award-winning Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski in Vienna’s glittering Musikverein
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Vienna at this atmospheric time of year, including its famous Christmas markets
“The whole tour was well balanced with great musical events and time for sightseeing”
“This was a most enjoyable tour. Recommend strongly”
- ACE customers on a previous Opera in Vienna tour
“Vienna is a handsome, lively city, and pleases me exceedingly”
– Frédéric Chopin
Vienna has probably inspired more music than any other city. Rich in history, culture and romance, it was the capital of a vast multi-ethnic empire for several hundred years. Many of the world’s most celebrated composers lived and created works of musical genius among the city’s glorious surroundings.
Our winter tour to Vienna offers the opportunity to enjoy a series of performances based principally in the city’s opera house, which enjoys a famous heritage all of its own: Emperor Franz Joseph I and Empress Elisabeth attended the inauguration of ‘Vienna Court Opera’ in 1869, and in the 20th century the site underwent extensive restoration following bombardment during WWII. Over the years ‘Vienna State Opera’ – as it became known – developed rewarding relationships with composers including Gustav Mahler and Herbert von Karajan, and today’s visitors appreciate a uniquely historical yet forward-looking atmosphere.
We are delighted this year to be attending three full operas from three very different composers: Massenet’s Werther – an achingly tragic testament to romance and restraint, which premiered in Vienna in 1892; Puccini’s passionate yet perilous epic Tosca, set in 1800s Rome; and Verdi’s Macbeth, whose ‘Witches’ Chorus’, alongside other famous moments, is sure to send a chill down our spines. The latter will feature Simon Keenlyside in the eponymous role. A final performance at Vienna’s famous Musikverein, where we also hope to enjoy a guided visit, will send us home on a joyful note as award-winning Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski brings us excerpts from Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 31. “Breathtaking and unforgettable” (The Guardian) with “profound emotional response” (The Telegraph), Anderszewski has been particularly lauded for his recordings of Schumann, Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Mozart.
Complementing the evening performances, daytime visits will take in musical sites including the Beethoven Museum and Haus der Musik, as well as Vienna’s architectural and artistic treasures – including the sweeping Ringstrasse and the Kunsthistorisches Museum, housing one of the best fine art collections in the world. There will also be an opportunity to experience the delights of Vienna’s celebrated Christmas markets, magical yet temporary wonderlands, whose presence in the city dates back to the Middle Ages.
We will stay throughout at the four-star Hotel Kaiserhof Wien, a charming and welcoming establishment built in 1896 in the historical heart of Vienna. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the Musikverein and a 10-15 minute walk from the opera house.
To find out more about each opera, we would encourage participants to explore the Vienna State Opera House website which details cast members, provides comprehensive synopses and includes images from each production.
This tour will be led by Richard Wigmore, MA, AGSM, a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and former professional singer. In addition to leading tours for ACE, Richard frequently appears on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review and contributes to Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine among other journals.
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Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a classic twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, four dinners with wine, water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.
Not Included: travel insurance, petit double room for single use supplement £275.