Friends Holidays

Christmas Oratorio in Leipzig

Location: Thursday 14 - Monday 18 December
Price: £1775 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £150
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Leipzig is the ideal place for a pre-Christmas break. You will hear Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in the Thomaskirche, where he was cantor for the last 27 years of his life. There will be 2 operas at Leipzig Opera House and plenty of free time to enjoy the Christmas Market with its wonderful atmosphere and lots of glühwein to keep you warm. Puccini: Turandot Director Balázs Kovalik, Conductor Matthias Foremny, Gewandhaus Orchestra Cast includes: Jennifer Wilson, Olena Tokar, Gal James, Martin Petzold, Randall Jakobsh, Derek Taylor Bach: Christmas Oratorio Thomaskirche Choir, Gewandhaus Orchestra, Conductor Gotthold Schwarz Elisabeth Breuer, Lisa Rothländer, Nicole Pieper, Georg Poplutz, Andreas Weller, Klaus Mertens Verdi: Don Carlo Director Jakob Peters Messer, Conductor Anthony Bramall, Gewandhaus Orchestra Cast includes: Gal James, Kathrin Göring, Magdelena Hinterdobler, Gaston Rivero, Sejong Chang We will be staying in the 4* Radisson Hotel on Augustusplatz, very close to the Opera House. There will be a guided tour of Leipzig followed by lunch in the famous Auerbachskeller. Price includes: >Flights from Manchester or London to Leipzig via Frankfurt >Tickets to 3 performances >4 nights b&b in 4* hotel >Airport transfers >Guided tour >2 meals with wine >Services of tour escort

Berlin

Location: Berlin
Date: Wednesday 28 February - Sunday 4 March
Price: Cost per person: £2345 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £300
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Operas at the newly renovated Staatsoper and the Komische Oper and a concert by the Berlin Philharmonic. Komische Oper - Handel: Xerxes Stefan Herheim director, Konrad Junghänel conductor Cast includes: Stephanie Houtzeel, Franziska Gottwald, Ezgi Kutlu Philharmonie - Berlin Philharmonic Daniel Harding conductor, Sir Gerald Finley bass baritone Schubert: Selected Lieder Richard Strauss: An Alpine Symphony op64 Staatsoper - Wagner: Tristan and Isolde Dmitri Tcherniakov director, Daniel Barenboim conductor Cast includes: Andreas Schager, Stephen Milling, Anja Kampe, Boaz Daniel We will be staying in the 5* Westin Grand Hotel just by Unter den Linden. There will be a guided tour of Berlin.. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow

Opera in Vienna

Location: Vienna
Date: Thursday 15 - Monday 19 March
Price: Cost per person: £1795 (based on 2 people sharing) Single supplement in double room: £160
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Two operas at the Vienna Staatsoper and a concert by the Munich Philharmonic in the Musikverein. Musikverein - Munich Philharmonic, Valerie Gergiev conductor Stravinsky: Funeral Song and Spring Sacrifice Beethoven: Symphony no7 Wiener Staatsoper - Puccini: La Bohème - Franco Zeffirelli production, Speranza Scappucci conductor Cast includes: Jean-François Borras, Anita Hartig, Alessio Arduini Wiener Staatsoper - Verdi: Otello - Christine Mielitz director, Dan Ettinger conductor Cast includes: Roberto Alagna, Dalibor Jenis, Aleksandra Kurzak We will be staying in the 4* Konzerthaus Hotel in the centre of Vienna. There will be a guided tour of Vienna with a local guide and a visit to the Spanish Riding School training session. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow

Wagner’s Ring in Leipzig

Location: Leipzig
Date: Tuesday 10 - Monday 16 April
Price: Cost per person: £2290 (based on 2 people sharing) Single Room Supplement: £300
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Richard Wagner was born in Leipzig in 1813. Leipzig Oper is staging a full Ring cycle Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen Rosamund Gilmore director, Ulf Schirmer conductor, Gewandhaus Orchestra. Cast includes: Iain Paterson, Robert Dean Smith, Christiane Libor, Gal James,Christian Franz, Meagan Miller, Kathrin Göring, Jürgen Linn, Karin Lovelius, Thomas Mohr, Rúni Brattaberg, Dan Karlström, Claudia Huckle, Wallis Giunta, Tuomas Pursio, Eun Yee You, Kay Stiefermann We will stay at the 4* Radisson Hotel on Augustusplatz, just across the square from the Opera House and the Gewandhaus. There will be a guided tour of Leipzig, a tour of the musical instrument section of the Grassi Museum and meals in the famous Auerbachskeller and Coffe Baum restaurants. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow

Opera in St Petersburg

Location: St Petersburg
Date: Wednesday 11- Sunday 15 April
Price: Cost per person: £2445 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £240
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Three operas at the Mariinsky Theatre’s “New Stage” Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Verdi: Un ballo in Maschera Shchedrin: Dead Souls We will be staying at the famous 5* Angleterre Hotel on St Isaac’s Square in the centre of St Petersburg, within walking distance of many famous sites, allowing you to soak up the atmosphere of this unique city. There will be a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress (birthplace of St Petersburg), Catherine Palace in Pushkin and Alexander Nevsky Lavra, where famous Russian composers and writers are buried. There will also be a free day for you to visit the wonderful Hermitage Museum in your own time. Flights will be available from London Heathrow

New York Met

Location: New York Met
Date: Tuesday 17 - Sunday 22 April (arrive 23rd)
Price: Cost per person: £3250 (based on 2 people sharing a double room)
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Three operas at the Metropolitan Opera House and a concert by the New York Philharmonic: Verdi: Luisa Miller - Elijah Moshinsky production (Conductor to be announced). Cast includes: Sonya Yoncheva, Olesya Petrova, Piotr Beczala, Luca Salsi, Alexander Vinogradov. New York Philharmonic: Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, Till Fellner, piano. Mozart: Piano concerto no22 Bruckner: Symphony no9 Massenet: Cendrillon - Laurent Pelly production Bertrand de Billy conductor Cast includes: Kathleen Kim, Joyce DiDonato, Alice Coote, Stephanie Blythe, Laurent Naouri Puccini: Tosca - Sir David McVicar production Bertrand de Billy conductor Cast includes: Anna Netrebko, Marcelo Alvarez, Michael Volle During this five-day break in New York we will stay in the 4* Lucerne Hotel conveniently situated within walking distance of the Lincoln Centre. A day of guided sightseeing in downtown Manhattan is on the agenda. Flights will be available from Manchester and London Heathrow

Opera in Riga

Location: Riga, Latvia
Date: Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 June
Price: Cost per person: £1995 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £170
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Riga Opera Festival in Latvia was founded in 1998 as the first festival of its size in Eastern Europe and has since become a national treasure. The high standard of performance is appreciated by both Latvian and international opera-lovers. We will be attending three operas as part of the festival. Stravinsky: Rake’s Progress Puccini: Turandot Donizetti: Don Pasquale We will stay at the 4* Wellton Centrum Hotel, very close to the opera house Flights will be from London Gatwick

Wagner’s Ring in San Francisco

Location: San Francisco
Date: Monday 25 June - Monday 2 July
Price: Cost per person: £4880 (based on 2 people sharing a double room), Single room supplement in a double room with queen size bed: £845
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

San Francisco Opera - Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen We will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Embarcadero area of the city close to Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. The hotel boasts panoramic views and a waterfront setting. Breakfast is included. Flights London Heathrow - San Francisco with British Airways

Aix-en-Provence

Location: Aix-en-Provence
Date: Tuesday 10 - Saturday 14 July
Price: Cost per person: £1845 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £200
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Three Operas at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s major opera festivals. Richard Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos - Purcell: Dido and Aeneas - Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel We will be staying in the Hôtel des Augustins, a former fifteenth-century convent in the centre of the city. We will have a guided tour of Aix with a local guide. Flights will be available from London Heathrow and Manchester

Opera in Munich

Location: Munich
Date: Thursday 12 - Monday 16 July
Price: Cost per person: £2145 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £210
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

This visit to Munich will include three operas at the Bayerische Staatsoper. Puccini: Tosca - Puccini: Il trittico - Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro We will be staying at the Torbräu Hotel in the centre of Munich. There will be a guided tour of Munich. Flights will be available from London Heathrow and Manchester

Drottningholm

Location: Drottningholm
Date: Wednesday 8 - Monday 13 August 2018
Price: Cost per person: £2345 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement: £325
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Drottningholm Palace Theatre is a beautiful eighteenth-century Swedish opera house, just outside Stockholm. It is the only theatre of that age still in use with original stage, sets and stage machinery. There will be an outing to Kopparberg in the centre of Sweden, where the Opera på Skäret perform in a disused saw-mill in the woods. “The only opera house in the world with its own railway station”. We will travel from Stockholm by vintage train where we will be served lunch and dinner. Staying in Stockholm, we will attend two operas and a candle-lit concert at the Confidencen Theatre. Concert at the Confidencen Theatre - Programme to be announced Drottningholm Theatre - Rameau: Pygmalion Opera på Skäret - Verdi: Don Carlo We will stay in the 4* Scandic Sergel Plaza hotel in the centre of Stockholm. There will be a guided tour of the city, a boat trip and plenty of time to explore this fascinating city and visit the many attractions. Flights will be available from London Heathrow and Manchester