With La Gioconda (Kaufmann, Netrebko), Verdi’s Requiem (Kaufmann, Yoncheva, Pertusi, Kutasi), Lise Davidsen Freddie & De Tommaso recital, Pinchas Zukerman and Antonio Pappano conducting the Orchestra di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
This is an extraordinary meeting of the finest singers on the planet in picturesque Salzburg, with 7 nights accommodation at the 5-Star Hotel Bristol. Superb tours, 2 meals daily, top category seats for all performances.
Sunday, March 24
Independent departures for Salzburg (or Munich--transfer from MUC included).
Monday, March 25
Upon arrival in either Salzburg or Munich, you are met and transferred to the elegant 5-star Hotel Bristol, in one of the most beautiful locations in the heart of the Festival City of Salzburg, right next to the Mirabell Gardens and the Salzburg State Theatre. Tonight we gather in the lounge for introductions and cocktails prior to our Welcome Dinner.
Tuesday, March 26
10.00 Following breakfast (included each day), gather in the hotel lobby and depart for a guided tour “in the footsteps of Mozart”.
13.00 Following the tour, we enjoy lunch at the K+K Restaurant.
18:15 Walk to the Großes Festspielhaus for our first performance: a concert with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia featuring Pinkas Zukerman. 19.00 start.
Conductor JAKUB HRŮŠA
Viola PINCHAS ZUKERMAN
HECTOR BERLIOZ "Le carnaval romain"
BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ "Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca" H. 352
HECTOR BERLIOZ "Harold en Italie" op. 16
Wednesday, March 27
09.50 Depart for a private tour of the Festival venues. Lunch is at leisure.
17.15 We gather and walk to the Großes Festspielhaus for Ponchielli’s La Gioconda featuring Anna Netrebko and Jonas Kaufmann. (18.00 curtain).
21.35 Dinner is included after at the Stiftskeller St. Peter.
Conductor ANTONIO PAPPANO
Production OLIVER MEARS
Sets PHILIPP FÜRHOFER
Costumes ANNEMARIE WOODS
Light FABIANA PICCIOLI
Choreography LUCY BURGE
La Gioconda ANNA NETREBKO
La Cieca AGNIESZKA REHLIS
Enzo Grimaldo JONAS KAUFMANN
Alvise Badoero TAREQ NAZMI
Laura EVE-MAUD HUBEAUX
Barnaba LUCA SALSI
Zuane NICOLO DONINI
Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Co-production with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, London
Thursday, March 28
Enjoy the day at leisure to rest, shop or visit a museum of your choice.
17.00 Early Dinner is included at Restaurant Goldener Hirsch.
19.15 Walk to the Haus für Mozart for an evening of songs, duets and arias featuring Lise Davidsen and Freddie De Tommaso. Works by Wagner, Verdi, Giordano, Puccini and Strauss.
LISE DAVIDSEN Soprano
FREDDIE DE TOMMASO Tenor
JAMES BAILLIEU Piano
Friday, March 29
10.00 Gather in the lobby and depart by private coach for tours of Hellbrun Palace and Hohensalzburg Fortress.
17.00 Early dinner at Restaurant Meissl & Schadn.
18.45 Make our way to the Großes Festspielhaus for the Verdi Requiem (19:00 curtain). Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Soprano SONYA YONCHEVA
Mezzosoprano JUDIT KUTASI
Tenor JONAS KAUFMANN
Bass MICHELE PERTUSI
Saturday, March 30
10.00 Today we explore the Salzkammergut lake district, with lunch at the famed White Horse Inn. Early evening return to Salzburg.
Sunday, March 31
Enjoy the morning at leisure.
13.00 Farewell Lunch is included at Das Restaurant Wasserfall.
18.30 Make our way to the Großes Festspielhaus for our final performance, the Orchestra di Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under the baton of Antonio Pappano, performing works by Boccherini / Berio, Respighi, Sabata and Ponchielli.
LUIGI BOCCHERINI / LUCIANO BERIO "La ritirata notturna di Madrid"
AMILCARE PONCHIELLI “Elegia"
VICTOR DE SABATA “Juventus"
OTTORINO RESPIGHI "Fontane di Roma” "Pini di Roma"
Monday, April 1
Transfers to your departure airport are included.
Top Category seats for 1 opera and 4 concerts
7 nights Superior rooms at the 5-star Hotel Bristol Salzburg
Full breakfast plus 1 additional meal each day
Private tours as listed
On-site Tour Direction
Comprehensive Tour Guidebook
Flights are not included in tour pricing. Return flights should be booked to arrive in either Salzburg or Munich on March 25, 2024, with departure on April 1.
We provide airport/rail station—hotel transfers for arrivals and departures within within 3 days of the start/end of our tour. We also provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
There is minimal walking with some stairs and cobblestones during the guided tours. As for all of our tours, we are happy to accommodate you regardless of your mobility level. Please make clear your mobility concerns at the time of registration. We provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.
We strongly recommend that all tour members purchase cancellation insurance upon registration. We can assist you with this, though you are welcome to purchase a policy at your own discretion. For more information about our travel insurance, click here.
Your Tour Director
David Merritt is the owner and founder of Aria Tours and has been leading opera groups around the globe for nearly 25 years.