When Rosamund Gilmore’s production of Der Ring des Nibelungen premiered in Leipzig in 2016, it was an instant hit. This was the first time in 40 years that the Ring Cycle had been performed in Wagner’s birthplace, and so enthusiastic was its reception that Gilmore’s staging was revived in 2017 and 2018. We will be there for the 2019 edition, on a trip that includes an overnight excursion to Bayreuth, as well as tours of Leipzig’s key museums. Germany’s “city of music” is undergoing something of a renaissance, as artists and innovators pour in from Berlin. It is a vibrant and atmospheric setting for Wagner’s masterpiece.
Independent arrival at the hotel.
We begin with a guided walking tour of central Leipzig, which includes the Thomaskirche where Johann Sebastian Bach was choirmaster. We finish at the Alte Nikolaischule, where Wagner was a pupil from 1828-1830, for a lecture and lunch together. After a break back at the hotel, we walk to the opera house for Das Rheingold.
Morning visit to the Bach Museum. Free time in the afternoon offers the chance to visit the museums devoted to Robert and Clara Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn. Later in the afternoon, we leave the hotel for the second performance, Die Walküre.
Overnight excursion to Bayreuth. We start with a tour of Haus Wahnfried – the composer’s former home is now the centrepiece of the Richard Wagner Museum, recently enlarged and refurbished. We then continue to the fabulously ornate Margravial Opera House, built in the Baroque style. Dinner together.
After a morning lecture, we tour the Bayreuth Festspielhaus. The innovative opera house, built by Wagner between 1872 and 1876, is noted for its unusual seating plan and concealed orchestra pit. Return to Leipzig in time for a short break before the third opera, Siegfried.
At the Grassi Museum we see one of Europe’s finest collections of historic musical instruments, including the oldest surviving pianoforte – built in 1726 by the man generally regarded as its inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori. A free afternoon is followed by the final opera, Götterdämmerung.
The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast.
Please note: surtitles will be in German only. English texts will be provided by the opera house.
Price – per person
£1,950 per person sharing in a double room
£2,140 for one person in a double room
The price includes the speaker and a tour manager, category two opera tickets, accommodation with daily breakfasts, one lunch and dinner with wine, transport by private coach, local guides, admissions to sites as mentioned in the itinerary.
Please note flights are not included.
The trip involves a fair amount of walking on our tours of Leipzig and Bayreuth, as well as to and from the opera house.
There is no minimum number of clients required for this trip to run.
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