L’elisir d’amore, Dialogues des Carmelites & Alcina at Glyndebourne; Lucia di Lammermoor (Sierra, Grigolo) & Elektra (Pappano; Stemme) at ROH; Rusalka, Un giorno di regno and Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Garsington. Tours of Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Tate Modern, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court and Oxford. Grand Hotel Brighton; Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel London; Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Oxford-Garsington).
Our annual trek to the UK is one of our most popular tours—always sold out, and always eliciting superlative feedback.
Tickets for the Glyndebourne Festival are notoriously difficult to get, and it is easy to understand why: the productions, singing and playing are truly world-class, the venue—a lovely dedicated opera house on the Christie Estate in the East Sussex countryside—is unique and welcoming, and the overall experience is one of the finest to be had at any festival, anywhere. It is posh without being pretentious, and the sublime music, superb cuisine (especially the formal picnic with butler service!) and even the friendly and extremely helpful Festival volunteers make for an unforgettable opera experience. We hear three performances at the Festival in 2020: L’elisir d’amore, Dialogues des Carmelites & Alcina. Our hotel is the luxurious, “Old World” Grand Hotel Brighton, where we enjoy Deluxe Ocean View rooms.
London is one of our favourite cities, with so much history and majesty in every direction. We will attend two performances at the Royal Opera House: Lucia di Lammermoor (Sierra, Grigolo) & Elektra (Pappano; Stemme). We will also attend one play (TBA). Our hotel is the Firmdale Covent Garden, a true gem, just a short walk from ROH.
The Garsington Festival is held each summer on the grounds of Wormsley Estate, a 2500-acre park which includes an 18th century country house once owned by Sir Paul Getty. Getty purchased the property in 1986 and spent several years restoring the house and estate back to its former glory. Our performances and meals here are always a highlight of the tour, and this year we see three: Dvořák’s beloved Rusalka, Verdi’s Un giorno di regno and Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto (not bad for a 14-year-old). Our hotel is the stately Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the finest hotels in England, and whilst there, we dine in its Michelin 2-starred restaurant.
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