The Bayreuth Festival

August 18 - 29, 2017

Marek Janowski conducts a Frank Castorf production of Der Ring des Nibelungen, plus Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal and Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Daytrips to Bamberg and Nürnberg.

Bayreuth Festspielhaus ExteriorThere 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, allconsuming 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.

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Friday, August 18

Independent departures from North America.

Saturday, August 19

Upon arrival in Munich or Nürnberg, transfer (included) to Bayreuth and the Hotel Arvena Kongress. Once settled, we gather for introductions and depart for our Welcome Dinner at Oskar. Transfers can be arranged to and from Frankfurt for a supplemental transfer fee.

Sunday, August 20

Breakfast and lunch are included each day at our hotel. Note: each performance morning at 10:30, pianist Stefan Mickish offers lectures, in German, and entertaining piano reductions of the operas. Today we also offer a guided walking tour of Old Town Bayreuth. Meet for a cocktail before Tristan und Isolde (4pm; Gould, Pape, Lang).

Monday, August 21

Enjoy the morning at leisure. 4pm: Parsifal (McKinny, Zeppenfeld).

Tuesday, August 22

Full-day excursion to Nürnberg (Nazi rally grounds, “art bunker”, sites associated with the Nuremberg trials). Lunch is included. Late afternoon return to Bayreuth, where the evening is at leisure.

Wednesday, August 23

Today we tour the Eremitage. This evening we gather and depart for Das Rheingold (6pm). Dinner is included afterward.

Thursday, August 24

Enjoy the day at leisure. Gather late afternoon for Die Walküre (4pm; Ventris, Lundgren, Nylund). Dinner is included at the Festspielhaus.

Friday, August 25

Late morning we depart for a full-day excursion (with lunch) to Bamberg. Return to Bayreuth for an evening at leisure.

Saturday, August 26

Enjoy the day at leisure. 4pm: Siegfried (Vinke, Conrad, Mayer). Dinner is included during the interval.

Sunday, August 27

Today we visit several of our favourite museums in the Old Town. 4pm: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (Volle, Groissböck, Schwanewilms). Dinner is included during the interval.

Monday, August 28

The final day is at leisure before Götterdämmerung (4pm) at the Festspielhaus. Our Farewell Dinner is included during the interval at the Steigenberger Festspiel Restaurant, adjacent to the Festspielhaus.

Tuesday, August 29

Departure transfers are included to Munich or Nürnberg Airport and will be discussed on-site.