The Berlin Festtage ‘Ring’

March 31 - April 11, 2023

Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden under the baton of Daniel Barenboim. Plus Arabella and La forza del destino at the Deutsche Oper, Missa Solemnis and András Schiff in recital. 5-Star Hotel Regent.

We will return to Berlin in April of 2023 for the Dmitri Tcherniakov production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at the revitalized Staatsoper Unter den Linden. Superb casts under the baton of Daniel Barenboim will bring to life Wagner’s timeless opus. The performance slate also features a special concert with Maestro Barenboim and Elena Stikhina, Anna Kissjudit, Saimir Pirgu and René Pape, a recital by renowned pianist András Schiff, and one other performance (TBA).

We will stay in Deluxe rooms at the 5-Star Hotel Regent in the historic Gendarmenmarkt, a short walk from the Staatsoper. Our touring will include the most interesting and important historical sites in the city as well as the finest museums and galleries, and, as always, our included meals (and wines) will be second-to-none.

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Please join us for an unrivalled Wagner experience in one of the most vital cultural centres in the world.

CASTS
DAS RHEINGOLD
WOTAN • Michael Volle
DONNER • Lauri Vasar
FROH • Siyabonga Maqungo
LOGE • Rolando Villazón
FRICKA • Claudia Mahnke
FREIA • Anett Fritsch
ERDA • Anna Kissjudit
ALBERICH • Johannes Martin Kränzle
MIME • Stephan Rügamer
FASOLT • Mika Kares
FAFNER • Peter Rose
WOGLINDE • Evelin Novak
WELLGUNDE • Natalia Skrycka
FLOSSHILDE • Anna Lapkovskaja

DIE WALKÜRE
SIEGMUND • Robert Watson
SIEGLINDE • Vida Miknevičiūtė
HUNDING • Mika Kares
WOTAN • Michael Volle
BRÜNNHILDE • Anja Kampe
FRICKA • Claudia Mahnke
GERHILDE • Clara Nadeshdin
HELMWIGE • Christiane Kohl
WALTRAUTE • Michal Doron
SCHWERTLEITE • Alexandra Ionis
ORTLINDE • Anett Fritsch
SIEGRUNE • Natalia Skrycka
GRIMGERDE • Anna Lapkovskaja
ROSSWEISSE • Kristina Stanek

SIEGFRIED
SIEGFRIED • Andreas Schager
MIME • Stephan Rügamer
THE WANDERER • Michael Volle
ALBERICH • Johannes Martin Kränzle
FAFNER • Peter Rose
ERDA • Anna Kissjudit
BRÜNNHILDE • Anja Kampe
THE WOODBIRD • Victoria Randem

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG
SIEGFRIED • Andreas Schager
GUNTHER • Lauri Vasar
ALBERICH • Johannes Martin Kränzle
HAGEN • Mika Kares
BRÜNNHILDE • Anja Kampe
GUTRUNE • Mandy Fredrich
WALTRAUTE • Ekaterina Semenchuk
THREE NORNS • Noa Beinart, Kristina Stanek, Anna Samuil
WOGLINDE • Natalia Skrycka
WELLGUNDE • Natalia Skrycka
FLOSSHILDE • Anna Lapkovskaja

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ITINERARY

Friday, March 31
Independent departures from North America.

Saturday, April 1
Upon arrival in Berlin, you are met and transferred to the elegant Hotel Regent in the historic Gendarmenmarkt. Tonight we gather in the lobby for introductions and cocktails prior to our Welcome Dinner.

Sunday, April 2
Following breakfast (included each day), we gather in the hotel lobby and depart for a guided coach/walking tour of the city’s most significant points of interest (Brandenburg Gate, Pariser Platz, Unter den Linden, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church). Tonight we include an early dinner prior to a performance of Beethoven’s Missa solemnis at the famous Philharmonie. Missa solemnis is rightly regarded as one of the pinnacles in music history. The Classical Viennese school, the period during the height of the composer’s skill and artistic development, created a huge opus for vocal solos, choir and orchestra. Beethoven struggled to compose this work, incorporating numerous suggestions from traditions of church music and his contemporaries. For everyone involved in its performance, the Missa solemnis is a challenge of a special kind, a monolith in the history of Classical Romantic music.

CONDUCTOR Daniel Barenboim
CHORUS MASTER Martin Wright
SOPRANO Elena Stikhina
ALTO Anna Kissjudit
TENOR Saimir Pirgu
BASS René Pape

Monday, April 3
Today we tour to Potsdam to visit Sanssouci, Frederick the Great’s vast Rococo complex of gardens, palaces and pavilions. A special lunch is included. Upon return to Berlin, the evening is at leisure.

Tuesday, April 4
Today we select one of the superb museums on Museum Island for a guided tour, and then we explore the Gendarmenmarkt. Lunch is included afterward. This evening we make the short walk to the Staatsoper Unter den Linden for Das Rheingold. 18.00 curtain. Runs 2 h. 30 m.

Wednesday, April 5
This morning we tour the Jewish Museum in the Kreuzberg section of the city. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the museum is one of the outstanding institutions on the European museum landscape. Late afternoon we walk once again to the Staatsoper and the 16.00 curtain for Die Walküre. Dinner is included at the opera house during the interval.

Thursday, April 6
Today’s touring focuses on Berlin’s varied and influential architecture, concluding at the famous Reichstag where we enjoy lunch at the rooftop restaurant Käfer. This evening we meet and depart for Richard Strauss’s Arabella (Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Russell Braun, Robert Watson) at the Deutsche Oper under the baton of Sir Donald Runnicles. 19.30 curtain.

Friday, April 7
This morning we tour the incredible Pergamon Museum.  Lunch is included. Late afternoon we return to the Deutsche Oper for an early performance (17.00 curtain) of Verdi’s La forza del destino under the baton of Sir Paolo Carignani.

Saturday, April 8
Today we embark on a fun (and delicious) food and beer tour of Berlin. Mid-afternoon we depart for Siegfried at the Staatsoper. 16.00 curtain. Dinner is included at the opera house.

Sunday, April 9
This morning we hear renowned pianist Sir András Schiff in recital (11am). This evening we enjoy a special dinner cruise on the River Spree.

Monday, April 10
Enjoy the morning at leisure. Lunch is included prior to the 16.00 curtain of Götterdämmerung. A Farewell Reception is included following the performance.

Tuesday, April 11
Transfers to your departure airport are included.