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Glyndebourne, London & Garsington

June 4 - 16, 2019

La damnation de FaustCendrillon and Il barbiere di Siviglia at Glyndebourne; Andrea Chénier (Radvanovsky, Alagna) and Tosca (Opolais, Grigòlo, Terfel) at Covent Garden; Don GiovanniFantasio and The Bartered Bride at Garsington Opera. Tours of Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Westminster Abbey, Hampton Court and Oxford. Grand Hotel Brighton; Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel London; Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (Oxford-Garsington).

Glyndebourne Opera House ExteriorOur 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 2019: La damnation de FaustCendrillon and Il barbiere di Siviglia. 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: Andrea Chénier (Radvanovsky, Alagna) and Tosca (Opolais, Grigòlo, Terfel). 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: Don GiovanniFantasio and The Bartered Bride. 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.

A full daily itinerary for the tour will be published by early August, 2018.

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Tuesday, June 4

Departures from your country of residence for overnight flights.

Wednesday, June 5

Upon arrival at Heathrow, you are met and transferred to the Grand Hotel Brighton, where your Deluxe Ocean View room awaits. Tonight we gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Thursday, June 6

Today we tour Brighton and visit the Royal Pavilion, built as a seaside pleasure palace for King George IV. Tonight, our first performance at Glyndebourne is brand new Richard Jones production of Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust. Robin Ticciati conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Cast includes: Allan Clayton (Faust), Julie Boulianne (Marguerite), Christopher Purves (Méphistophélès). An elegant “white linen” picnic with butler service is included during the long interval.

Friday, June 7

Today we offer an optional tour to Lewes, including the Priory and Anne of Cleves House. This evening we return to Glyndebourne for a revival of the 2016 Festival production of Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. Rafael Payare conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Cast includes: Andrey Zhilikhovsky (Figaro), Levy Sekgapane (Count Almaviva), Hyesang Park (Rosina), Alessandro Corbelli (Bartolo), Adam Palka (Basilio), Janis Kelly (Berta). Dinner is included at the Mildmay during the long interval.

Saturday, June 8

Today we visit Hastings, site of the Norman invasion, stopping at Virginia Woolf’s cottage along the way. Late afternoon, we make our way to Glyndebourne for the premiere of a new Fiona Shaw production of Massenet’s Cendrillon. John Wilson conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Cast includes: Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon), Kate Lindsey (Le Prince Charmant), Nina Minasyan (La Fée), Agnes Zwierko (Madame de la Haltière), Lionel Lhote (Pandolfe). Dinner is included at the refined Middle & Over Wallop.

Sunday, June 9

Today we depart for London, where we check in at the Firmdale Covent Garden Hotel. Mid-afternoon we walk to the Royal Opera House for a matinee performance of David McVicar’s stunning production of Giordano’s Andrea Chénier. Roberto Alagna stars as the revolutionary poet alongside the sublime Sondra Radvanovsky as Maddalena di Coigny. Daniel Oren conducts. Dinner is included afterward at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand.

Monday, June 10

This morning we meet for a highlights tour of historic London, with an inside visit at Westminster Abbey. Tonight we walk to the Royal Opera House for Puccini’s Tosca. Alexander Joel conducts a star-studded cast that includes Kristine Opolais, Vittorio Grigòlo and Bryn Terfel. Dinner is included at the opera house pre-curtain, with dessert and coffee during the interval.

Tuesday, June 11

Today we enjoy two very special private tours: The Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Lunch is included. This evening we include a theatrical performance (TBA).

Wednesday, June 12

Enjoy the full day at leisure in London.

Thursday, June 13

Today we depart for Oxford, stopping first to tour Hampton Court, stopping for a quick pub lunch. We then check in at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, one of the finest hotels in the UK. Tonight we attend our first performance at Garsington Opera: Mozart’s masterful Don Giovanni. Dinner is included during the long interval.

Friday, June 14

This morning we tour Oxford, including the Divinity School (1488) and the Ashmolean, the world’s first university museum (1678–1683). Tonight our performance at Garsington is Offenbach’s rarely-performed Fantasio. Dinner is again included during the long interval.

Saturday, June 15

Enjoy the morning at leisure to stroll the grounds of Le Manoir. Midday we gather for an exquisite lunch in the Michelin 2-starred restaurant on site before our final performance at Garsington, Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. A Farewell Reception is included during the long interval.

Sunday, June 16

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