Opera Tours

London & the Glyndebourne Festival

June 21 - 30, 2012

La Boheme and Les Troyens at Covent Garden; 3 performances at Glyndebourne: Le nozze di Figaro, The Cunning Little Vixen and La Cenerentola. Top accommodations, dining and private touring

In London we will see two performances: an exciting new  McVicar production of Les Troyens under the baton of Antonio Pappano and featuring Anna Caterina Antonacci as Cassandre; and a John Copley production of Puccini's timeless La Boheme

Tickets for the Glyndebourne Festival are notoriously difficult to get, and it is easy to understand why: the productions, singing and playing are truly world-class, the venue - a lovely dedicated opera house on the Christie Estate in the East Sussex countryside - is unique and welcoming, and the overall experience is one of the finest to be had at any festival, anywhere. Here we will see le nozze di Figaro (Ticciati; Priante, Karthäuser, Matthews), The Cunning Little Vixen (Jurowski; Leiferkus, Crowe, Bell) and La Cenerentola (Gaffigan; DeShong, Stayton, Chiummo).

Join us for an unforgettable opera experience.

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Thursday, June 21

Departures from North America to London.

Friday, June 22 London

Upon arrival at Heathrow, transfer (included) to the elegant Covent Garden Hotel, ideally located at Seven Dials, near the opera house. Once settled, we meet in the hotel’s Brasserie Max for a Welcome Dinner.

Saturday, June 23 London

In the morning we will enjoy a private, behind the scenes tour of the Royal Opera House, after which the afternoon and dinner are at leisure. In the evening we gather in the hotel lobby and make the short walk to the ROH for a performance of  La Boheme, Puccini's timeless masterwork.

Conductor Semyon Bychkov / Maurizio Benini
Producer John Copley

Mimi: Anja Harteros / Barbara Frittoli
Rodolfo: Joseph Calleja / Roberto Alagna
Marcello: Fabio Capitanucci / George Petean
Colline: Yuri Vorobiev
Schaunard: Thomas Oliemans
Benoit: Jeremy White
Musetta: Nuccia Focile
Alcindoro: Donald Maxwell

Sunday, June 24 London

After breakfast we meet our guide and depart for an informative walk to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms. Along the way we will see (and visit) such sights as the National Gallery, St. Martin-in-the Fields, The London Coliseum (home of the English National Opera), Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey. Lunch is included following the tour. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Monday, June 25 London

Following lunch at Bocca di Lupo in Soho, we meet our guide Christine Hoodith for an informative coach and walking tour, including some of London’s masterpieces of Baroque architecture, and an inside visit at the Foundling Museum, London's first home for abandoned children, with its connection to Handel and a remarkable collection of art. The tour ends at the famous National Gallery, which you are invited to explore at your leisure.

In the evening we gather in the hotel lobby and make the short walk to the ROH for a performance of  a new production of Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens featuring Anna Caterina Antonacci. Written between 1856 and 1858, Les Troyens was Berlioz's largest and most ambitious work, the summation of his entire artistic career, but he never saw the opera performed in its entirety during his lifetime.

Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Producer: David McVicar
Choreographer: Andrew George

Cassandre: Anna Caterina Antonacci
Ascagne: Barbara Senator
Hécube (TBA)
Chorèbe: Fabio Capitanucci
Enée: Jonas Kaufmann
Panthée: Ashley Holland
Ghost of Hector: Jihoon Kim
Priam: Gwynne Howell

Tuesday, June 26 London - Glyndebourne

Today we transfer to East Sussex, our base to attend the Glyndebourne Festival. Our hotel will be the refined Horsted Place, one of the finest examples of Gothic revivalist architecture to be found in Britain today. Built by George Myers in 1850 for Francis Barchard, much of the detail was designed by Augustus Pugin, widely regarded as England’s most influential early Victorian Architect. Along the way, we stop for lunch and a visit to Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s residence and studio.

Wednesday, June 27 Glyndebourne

Late afternoon we transfer to the Christie Mansion and our first performance at The Glyndebourne Festival, Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. We enjoy a refined “Picnic” dinner at the long interval.

Conductor: Robin Ticciati
Director: Michael Grandage
Designer: Christopher Oram

Figaro: Vito Priante
Susanna: Sophie Karthäuser
Countess: Sally Matthews
Count: Audun Iversen
Bartolo: Andrew Shore
Marcellina: Ann Murray
Cherubino: Isabel Leonard
Don Basilio: Alan Oke
Antonio: Nicholas Folwell
Don Curzio: Colin Judson
Barbarina: Sarah Shafer

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Thursday, June 28 Glyndebourne

This morning we depart for Hastings and the nearby town of Battle, where we tour the site of the Norman Conquest of King Harold’s English army on October 14, 1066.

In the evening we attend our second performance of the festival, Leoš Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen with a buffet dinner at Nether Wallop.

Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
Director: Melly Still
Set Designer: Tom Pye

Gamekeeper: Sergei Leiferkus
Vixen (Bystrouška): Lucy Crowe
Fox: Emma Bell
Parson / Badger: Mischa Schelomianski
Harašta, a poacher: William Dazeley
Gamekeeper’s Wife / Owl: Jean Rigby
Schoolmaster/Mosquito: Adrian Thompson
Pásek, Innkeeper: Colin Judson
Innkeeper’s Wife: Sarah Pring

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Friday, June 29 Glyndebourne

After a morning at leisure, in the afternoon we depart for a brief tour of Monk's House, an 18th-century weatherboarded cottage which was novelist Virginia Woolf's country retreat – featuring the room where she created her best-known works.

Tonight at Glyndebourne, we attend our final performance Gioachino Rossini's La Cenerentola. During the interval,we enjoy an elegant Farewell Dinner at Middle & Over Wallop.

Conductor: James Gaffigan
Director: Peter Hall
Revival Director: Lynne Hockney

Cenerentola(Angelina): Elizabeth DeShong
Don Ramiro: Taylor Stayton
Don Magnifico: Umberto Chiummo
Dandini: Bruno Taddia
Alidoro: Shenyang
Clorinda: Elena Xanthoudakis
Tisbe: Victoria Yarovaya

London Philharmonic Orchestra
The Glyndebourne Chorus

Saturday, June 30

Individual transfers to Heathrow or Gatwick are included


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Tour Includes

  • Premium seating for 5 performances
  • 8 nights deluxe accommodations (London: Covent Garden Hotel; Glyndebourne: Horsted Place)
  • Full breakfast daily, 4 dinners and 3 lunches
  • Private guided tours as listed
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • On-site Tour Direction

Cost: $7995 USD
Single supplement: $1600 USD
Deposit: $2500 USD
Balance due: March 21, 2012

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London Heathrow June 22th, departing Heathrow June 30th.


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Mobility Requirements

Minimal walking with some stairs during the London tours. 7 minute walk to London performances; coach transfers for all Glyndebourne performances. Not a strenuous tour.


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