The Munich Opera Festival

July 11 - 20, 2020

Jonas Kaufmann in recital and in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt, Otello (Alagna, Harteros), Falstaff (Petrenko; Koch, Kurzak), Eugene Onegin (Nánási; Zubanovich, Breslik, Tsymbalyuk), Cuvilliés chamber concert; day trip to Regensburg. Bayerischer Hof Hotel.

In 2020 we make our annual trek to Munich to attend what may be the finest opera festival in the world. And, as always, we will do it in a way that no one else can–with best seats in all venues, the finest guide in the city, Deluxe rooms at the 5-star Bayerischer Hof Hotel, and superb meals and daytime events.

The only thing better than hearing Jonas Kaufmann sing is hearing him sing twice, and we have the privilege of doing just that on this tour, which begins with a rare opportunity to hear The Tenor of His Generation in recital and ends with his turn as Paul in Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt. The sublime Anja Harteros returns as Desdemona in Otello, with Roberto Alagna as the Moor who “loved not wisely, but too well.” We will also attend performances of Verdi’s Falstaff (Petrenko; Koch, Kurzak), Tchaikovsky’s monumental Eugene Onegin (Nánási; Zubanovich, Breslik, Tsymbalyuk), plus a chamber concert in the tiny jewel that is the Cuvilliés‐Theater.

We have secured our usual Deluxe rooms at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel, and we will enjoy superb cuisine (full breakfast daily plus 8 additional meals) in a mix of elegant and traditional restaurants. Our touring will include the best visual art experiences to be had in Munich, as well as a day trip to the UNECO World Heritage city of Regensburg.

This tour is limited to 16 guests and sells out quickly each year. To register now, click here.


Saturday, July 11

Departures from North America and beyond for overnight flights.

Sunday, July 12

Upon arrival at Munich Airport, you are met and transferred to the 5-star Hotel Bayerischer Hof in the city centre. This evening we gather in the hotel’s Garden Restaurant for an elegant Welcome Dinner.

Monday, July 13

Following breakfast, included at the hotel each morning, we embark on a private walking tour of the city’s historic centre. Lunch is included afterward at the Spatenhaus an der Oper. In the evening we attend our first performance: a very special recital at the Nationaltheater with superstar tenor Jonas Kaufmann, with pianist Helmut Deutsch.

Tuesday, July 14

Meet in the lobby and tour through the Englischer Garten (English Garden) by rickshaw, ending with lunch at the Seehaus Beer Garden. Coach return the hotel after lunch. Tonight we make our way to the Nationaltheater for a Mateja Koležnik production of Verdi’s Falstaff. Kirill Petrenko conducts, with Wolfgang Koch in the title role.

Wednesday, July 15

This morning we tour the collections at the Alte Pinakothek and Neue Pinakothek (Old and New Picture Galleries). These collections combine to make for one of the truly great gallery experiences in the world. Lunch is included at Leger am DomTonight we hear another Verdi masterwork: Otello, with Gregory Kunde as the jealous Moor and the inimitable Anja Harteros as Desdemona.

Thursday, July 16

Enjoy the full day at leisure in Munich. Early dinner is included at the famous Ratskeller before a chamber concert featuring English and French horn at the Baroque Cuvilliés-Theater.

Friday, July 17

We gather in the lobby and board our coach for a private tour of the Staatliches Museum Ägyptischer Kunst (Egyptian Museum), a small collection of the highest quality, deserving of its international renown. Lunch is included at the superb Cafe Luitpold. This evening we hear Tchaikovsky’s monumental Eugene Onegin, featuring  Pavol Breslik, Alexander Tsymbalyuk and Ulrich Reß.

Saturday, July 18

Today we embark by private coach for a tour to the gorgeous Medieval town of Regensburg, a Unesco World Heritage site with 1500 listed monuments. Lunch is included. The evening is at leisure in Munich, or, for those willing to stand, there is a free concert in the Marstallplatz (8:30pm), featuring the Bayerisches Staatsorchester under the baton of Kirill Petrenko.

Sunday, July 19

This morning we tour the stunning Residenz, the largest city palace in Germany and today the home of room decorations and displays from former royal collections. A Farewell Lunch is included at the Brenner Grill. This evening, we attend our final performance: Korngold’s Die Tote Stadt featuring Jonas Kaufmann and Marlis Petersen. Kirill Petrenko conducts.

Monday, July 20

Transfers are included to Munich Airport for departure flights.