Friends Holidays

Welsh National Opera Cardiff

Location: Cardiff
Date: Thursday 12 - Sunday 15 October
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Three operas at the Wales Millennium Centre Staying at the 4* St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay, 10 minutes’ walk from the theatre Welsh National Opera joins a Wales-wide commemoration of the Russian Revolution with a trio of Russian-themed operas. Full details will be announced in February 2017

Glyndebourne Touring Opera

Date: Tuesday 24 - Friday 27 October
Price: £690 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £90 Two opera option £630 (still 3 nights)
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

At present these dates are provisional because the exact performance dates won’t be published until March. However, we do know the 3 operas: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Rossini: The Barber of Seville Brett Dean: Hamlet Staying at the 4* Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne Price includes: >Visit to Batemans > All necessary coach transfers >Admission to 3 performances foyer circle seats >2 lunches and 1 dinner with wine >3 nights in Cavendish Hotel >Services of tour escort

Opera in Prague

Date: Thursday 26 - Monday 30 October
Price: £1745 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £290
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Mozart conducted the first performance of Don Giovanni in Prague’s Estates Theatre on 29 October 1787. Plácido Domingo will conduct the opera in the same theatre to celebrate its 230th anniversary. We will also attend 2 operas in the National Theatre - Puccini: Madama Butterfly Director Jiří Heřman, Conductor Martin Leginus Cast includes: Maria Kobielska, Lenka Čermáková, Peter Berger Smetana: Bartered Bride Director Magdalena Švecová, Conductor Jaroslav Kyzlink Cast includes: Petra Alvarez Šimková, Aleš Briscein, Zdeněk Plech, Jaroslav Březina Mozart: Don Giovanni (230-year celebration performance. Evening dress / Black tie) Conductor Plácido Domingo Cast includes: Simone Alberghini, Adrian Sampetrean, Irina Lungu, Kateřina Kněžíková Flights from Manchester or London >4 nights at the 4* Majestic Hotel in the centre of Prague >Guided tour >3 operas >Trip to Dvořák’s house in Vysoká >3 dinners with wine/beer >Services of a tour escort

Glyndebourne Touring Opera in Canterbury

Location: Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury
Date: Tuesday 31 October - Friday 3 November
Price: £695 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £149
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Two operas by the Glyndebourne Touring company at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury Mozart: Cosi fan tutte Director Nicolas Hytner, Conductor Leo McFall Cast includes: Bogdan Volkov, Ilya Kutyukin, José Fardilha, Kirsten MacKinnon, Rachel Kelly, Ana Quintans Rossini: The Barber of Seville Director Annabel Arden, Conductor Ben Gernon Cast includes: Jack Swanson, Tobias Greenhalgh, Laura Verrecchia, Filippo Romano, Janis Kelly, Anatoli Sivko We will stay at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, a unique hotel within the grounds of the Cathedral. There will be a guided tour of the Cathedral. Price includes: >3 nights half-board at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge >Top-priced tickets to 2 operas >Services of tour escort

Wexford Festival Opera

Location: Wexford, Ireland
Date: Thursday 2 - Monday 6 November 2017
Price: £1445 (based on 2 people sharing a room) Single room supplement £130
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

On the South-West coast of Ireland, Wexford holds this unique festival in the recently restored National Opera House of Ireland. Wexford has always staged operas which are rarely heard elsewhere. Luigi Cherubini: Medea Jacopo Foroni: Margherita Franco Alfano: Risurrezione Opera dress code: Evening dress / Black tie. Staying at the 4* Talbot Hotel in the centre of Wexford. There will be a guided sightseeing tour of Kilkenny Price includes: >Return Flights to Dublin >Admission to 3 operas >4 nights bed and breakfast in Hotel >Sightseeing trip >2 meals in restaurants >All transfers >Services of tour escort

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