Verdi Requiem (Muti; Yeo, Garanca, Meli), Otello (Skelton, Yoncheva) and a violin concert in Baden-baden; Betrothal in a Monastery (Barenboim; Urmana), Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg (Barenboim; Koch, Youn), Rienzi (Rogister; Kerl), Parsifal (Runnicles; Westbroek), and Anna Netrebko in recital in Berlin.
In April of 2019, we indulge in the best of the Old and New Germany, with a program that highlights the finest works of Wagner and Verdi. All performances are under the batons of the world’s very best conductors, and feature the brightest stars of opera, including Sonya Yoncheva, Elīna Garanča and Anna Netrebko. And, as always, we stay in elegant hotels and explore the best museums, historical sites and restaurants in each location.
Baden-Baden is an overlooked cultural gem that once served as the playground for the European elite. Here we see three world-class performances on three consecutive nights: Daniele Gatti conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in a Robert Wilson production of Verdi’s Otello, featuring Stuart Skelton, Sonya Yoncheva, Luca Salsi and Anna Malavasi; Riccardo Muti leads the Berliner Philharmoniker through the Verdi Requiem, with soprano Vittoria Yeo, mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, tenor Francesco Meli and bass Ildar Abdrazakov; our final concert in Baden-Baden features Patricia Kopatchinskaja, without a doubt the most unusual phenomenon among world-class violinists, playing Schoenberg’s Violin Concerto, a work bristling with technical difficulties, before things take a more melodic turn with Tchaikovsky’s memorable Fifth Symphony. Kirill Petrenko conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker. Our hotel here is the glorious Brenners Park Hotel, one of Germany’s most luxurious and storied properties.
In Berlin, we use the ideally-located 5-star Hotel Regent, whose understated Old World luxury serves as our base for exploring the cultural and culinary highlights of the city. Our slate of performances is varied and exceptional: we hear Maestro Daniel Barenboim conduct two operas at the revitalized Staatsoper Unter den Linden: Prokofiev’s Betrothal in a Monastery (Garifullina, Urmana, Zhilikovsky) and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Koch, Youn), and we attend a special recital with Anna Netrebko (Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces) at the iconic Philharmonie. In addition, we hear two performances at the Deutsche Oper Berlin: Wagner’s Rienzi, conducted by Evan Rogister, and Wagner’s Parsiful, featuring Markus Brück, Günther Groissböck, Derek Welton and Eva–Maria Westbroek; Donald Runnicles conducts.
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