A new production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, plus Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer and Tristan und Isolde. Day trips to Bamberg and Nürnberg. Hotel Arvena Kongress.
There are many Rings, but only one Bayreuth. It is the ultimate Wagner experience, to hear the Maestro’s music, in his city, in his opera house.
The Bayreuth Festival has it all: pomp and pageantry, fanfare and feuding, musical epiphanies, production-related outrages, political clashes, foot-stamping approval and the occasional chorus of boos. It is evocative, exhilarating, all-consuming and unlike any other musical experience anywhere. You have likely heard tell of the bottom breaking wooden benches, of the lack of air-conditioning, of the hour-long intervals that make for seven-hour marathons at the Festspielhaus… but unless you have experienced it, you have not heard this music played live with such sublime perfection.
2022 is once again a “Ring Year” in Bayreuth, and the highly-anticipated new production will be staged by Austrian director Valentin Schwarz and conducted by Pietari Inkinen from Finland. Schwarz won the Ring Award in 2017, an international stage directors’ competition. He has staged Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Theater an der Wien and Maurizio Kagel’s Mare Nostrum at the Cologne Opera. Inkinen was the principal conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, the Orchestra of the Ludwigsburg Castle Concerts and the German Radio Philharmonic of Saarbrücken and Kaiserslautern.
Das Rheingold will star Daniel Kirch, Christa Mayer, and Olafur Sigurdarson while Die Walküre stars Klaus Florian Vogt, Georg Zeppenfeld, Lise Davidsen, Iréne Theorin, and Christa Mayer.
Siegfried features Andreas Schager in the title role with Olafur Sigurdarson, Okka von der Damerau, and Daniela Köhler. Götterdämmerung stars Stephen Gould, Michael Kupfer-Radecky, Olafur Sigurdarson, Albert Dohmen, and Iréne Theorin.
Our seats will be excellent, all in the orchestra stalls, and accommodation will either be at the simple but spacious (and air-conditioned!) Arvena Kongress.
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MONDAY, AUGUST 8
Independent overnight flights to Germany (Frankfurt, Munich or Nuremberg).
TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
Upon arrival in Frankfurt, Munich or Nürnberg, you are met by a driver and transferred to Bayreuth and the centrally-located Hotel Arvena Kongress.
19.00 This evening we gather for introductions in the lobby before departing for our Welcome Dinner at Restaurant Oskar.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10
Breakfast and lunch are included each day at our hotel.
10.00 This morning we take a guided walking tour of Bayreuth, featuring Haus Wahnfried, Wagner’s grave site, the tranquil formal gardens of the New Palace and more.
17.00 We gather in the lobby and transfer to the Festspielhaus for Wagner’s Das Rheingold. 18.00 curtain. Runs 2 h. 30 m.
20.30 Dinner is included afterward at Walhall.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11
10.00 Today we tour the Eremitage, the Old Palace of the Margraves, with its impressive grounds, Orangery and Sun Temple.
15.00 We gather in the lobby and transfer to the Festspielhaus for a late afternoon curtain (16.00) for Die Walküre. Runs 6 h. Dinner is included during the interval at the Steigenberger Festspiel Restaurant.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12
10.00 This morning we tour the spectacular Margraves Opera House.
15.00 We gather in the lobby and transfer to the Festspielhaus for a late afternoon curtain (16.00) for Tristan und Isolde. Runs 6 h. Dinner is included during the interval at the Steigenberger Festspiel Restaurant.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
15.00 We depart for Siegfried. 16.00 curtain. Runs 6 h. 20.30 Dinner is included during the interval at the Steigenberger Festspiel Restaurant.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14
10.00 Today we visit several of our favourite museums in the Old Town, including the Museum of Art and the Franz Liszt Museum.
15.00 We gather in the lobby and transfer to the Festspielhaus for Lohengrin. 16.00 curtain. Runs 6 h 20 m. Dinner is included during the interval at the Burgerreuth Restaurant.
MONDAY, AUGUST 15
Enjoy the day at leisure.
15.00 We gather in the lobby and transfer to the Festspielhaus for a 16.00 curtain of Götterdämmerung. Runs 6 h. 30 m. 18.00 Our Farewell Dinner is included during the interval at the Steigenberger Festspiel Restaurant.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16
10.00 This morning we depart for a full-day excursion (with lunch) to Bamberg. We meet our guide, Dr. Elisabeth Skantze, and tour the Cathedral, the Old Court, the New Residence, the Rose Garden, the Old Town Hall and Little Venice.
Return to Bayreuth by 15.00.
17.15 We depart for Der fliegende Holländer. 18.00 curtain. Runs 2 h 15m.
Afterward, the evening (dinner) is at leisure.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17
10.00 This morning we board our private coach for a day trip to Nürnberg, stopping at the Nazi Rally grounds on the way. Once there, we explore the sights associated with the Nuremberg trials, including a tour of the Nazi “art bunker.” Lunch is included.
16.00 We transfer back to Bayreuth, where the rest of the evening is at leisure.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18
The final day is at leisure.
15.00 Depart for Tannhäuser at the Festspielhaus. 16.00 curtain. Runs 5 h 50 m. Dinner is included at the long interval.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
Departure transfers are included and will be discussed on-site.