The Leipzig Ring & Prague

May 8 - 18, 2018

A Rosamund Gilmore production of the Ring, with Ulf Schirmer leading the world-renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. La clemenza di Tito & Roméo et Juliette in Prague. Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig; Aria Hotel Prague.

This year’s Wagner-Festtage at Oper Leipzig, in the composer’s home town, includes one of the five leading symphony orchestras in the world—the Gewandhouse Orchestra—led by Ulf Schirmer. Under the skilled direction of Rosamund Gilmore, this Ring is sure to be one of the best of the 2018 season.

Gilmore’s production is basically a safe, straightforward presentation of the Ring events, with little of the German ‘Regietheater’ that irks American audiences.

Leipzig has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe, ever since the New York Times listed it as one of its “places to go” in 2010, touting its music scene and burgeoning artist community. The historic central area of Leipzig features a renaissance-style ensemble of buildings from the 16th century, including the old city hall in the market place. There are also several Baroque trading houses and former residences of rich merchants. We stay at the elegant Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof and enjoy private, guided touring.

Prague is a true gem, lauded as the ‘City of a Hundred Spires’ because of its many churches and towers. Unlike much of central Europe, the city was not seriously damaged in World War II, and remains one of the most beautiful cities on the continent. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. As well as exploring the history that echoes through the streets of this city, we will attend performances of Roméo et Juliette, La clemenza di Tito, and a ballet performance of La fille mal gardée.

We are offering a “Leipzig only” partial tour as well (5 nights).
Leipzig Only Cost: $5995 USD
Single supplement: $750 USD
Deposit: $2000 USD
Balance due: February 8, 2018
Inclusions for the partial tour: Top Category seats for all ‘Ring’ performances/ 5 nights deluxe accommodation at the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof Leipzig/ Full breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 1 reception/ Private tours as listed/ Airport-hotel transfers/ On-site Tour Direction/ Comprehensive Tour Guidebook

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Itinerary

Tuesday, May 8

Departure from your country of residence for overnight flights.

Wednesday, May 9

Upon arrival (Leipzig, Dresden or Berlin) you are met and transferred to the Steigenberger Grandhotel Handelshof in Leipzig. Tonight our Welcome Dinner is at the hotel’s Brasserie Le Grand, a jewel in the crown of Leipzig’s culinary landscape.

Thursday, May 10

Following breakfast (included each day), we enjoy a guided tour of Leipzig (Marketplace, Old City Hall, Stock Exchange, churches of St. Nicholas and St. Thomas). This evening we hear Wagner’s Das Rheingold (Karin Lovelius, Kathrin Göring, Gal James, Sandra Maxheimer, Thomas Pursio, Thomas Mohr, James Moellenhoff) at the Leipzig Opernhaus. Dinner is included afterward at Restaurant Auerbachs Keller.

Friday, May 11

This morning we make the short walk to the Museum of Musical Instruments, where we enjoy a private tour. Tonight we enjoy a reception in our hotel before walking to the Leipzig Opernhaus to hear Die Walküre (Meagan Miller, Christiane Libor, Magdalena Hinterdobler, Anja Schlosser, Burkhard Fritz, Rúni Brattaberg, Iain Paterson).

Saturday, May 12

Today we take a short trip to Halle, birthplace of Handel, to see sites associated with his early life, as well as those related to Martin Luther and Napoleon. We enjoy lunch (included) before returning to Leipzig for Siegfried (Elisabet Strid, Danae Kontora, Daniel Frank) at the Leipzig Opernhaus.

Sunday, May 13

The day is at leisure. This evening, we dine early (included) and then take in Götterdämmerung (Christiane Libor, Gal James, Karin Lovelius, Kathrin Göring, Olena Tokar, Magdalena Hinterdobler, Sandra Maxheimer, Sandra Fechner, Thomas Mohr, Thomas Pursio, Peter Sidhom, Rúni Brattaberg) at the Leipzig Opernhaus.

Monday, May 14 (departure day / partial tour)

This morning we check out and depart for Prague, stopping in Dresden for a quick lunch. We arrive in Prague late afternoon and transfer to the chic Aria Hotel in the charming Castle District. Tonight we transfer to the Estates Theatre for a concert performance of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.

Tuesday, May 15

Following breakfast we tour the Castle District. Lunch is included at Kampa Park. Tonight we take our seats in the Karlin Theatre for Charles Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (7pm curtain). Since its première at the Théâtre Lyrique in Paris on April 27, 1867, Gounod’s setting of the immortal story of the Verona lovers has enjoyed ever-increasing popularity.

Wednesday, May 16

Today we tour St. Vitus Cathedral and the Vyšehrad Church/ Cemetery (Vysehrad National Burial Ground was established in the second half of 19th century). It is one of the most significant Prague cemeteries. Dinner this evening is included at Mlynec (set in a stunning location by the Vltava River, in the very centre of Prague, next to and overlooking Charles Bridge).

Thursday, May 17

Enjoy the final day at leisure in Prague. Tonight we enjoy a ballet performance of La fille mal gardée (7pm curtain). Some of the finest dancers worldwide have appeared in Sir Frederick Ashton’s highly-acclaimed ballet, which has been staged at more than 35 theatres around the world, including the Paris Opera, Bolshoi Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet and National Ballet of Canada. Our Farewell Dinner follows the performance.

Friday, May 18

Airport transfers are included and will be arranged on-site.