Friends Holidays

Venice & Trieste

Location: Venice & Trieste
Date: Monday 13 - Friday 17 February
Price: £1375 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £105
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Teatro Verdi, Trieste - Rossini: Barber of Seville La Fenice, Venice - Puccini: La bohème We will spend 2 nights at the 4* Hotel Savoia Excelsior in Trieste where we will have a guided tour of the cosmopolitan city and attend The Barber of Seville in the wonderful opera house, Teatro Verdi. Then we will be taken by coach and private boat to Venice where we will stay for 2 nights at the 4* Hotel Sant’Elena near the Biennale. There will be a guided tour of Venice, lunch by the Grand Canal and La Bohème at La Fenice opera house. Flights will be available from Manchester and London to Venice (direct) Price includes: >Return flights to Venice >4 nights Bed & Breakfast in 4* Hotels >Stall seat tickets to 2 operas >Vaporetto tickets >Guided walking tours of Venice and Trieste >3 meals with wine in restaurants >Coach and boat transfers >Services of tour escort

Budapest

Location: Budapest
Date: Thursday 30 March - Monday 3 April
Price: Cost per person: £1245 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £170
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

State Opera House - Verdi: Otello Franz Liszt Academy - Pumeza Matshikiza Sings Arias State Opera House - Wagner: Siegfried We will stay in the 4* K&K Opera Hotel next to the State Opera House. There will be a guided tour of the city with a local guide. Flights will be available from Manchester and London to Budapest (direct) Price includes: >Return flights to Budapest >Tickets to 3 performances >4 nights Bed & Breakfast in 4* K&K Hotel >Guided tour of Budapest >2 meals with wine in restaurants >Coach transfers >Services of tour escort

WNO in Llandudno

Location: Llandudno
Date: Tuesday 4 - Friday 7 April
Price: £675 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £75
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Three performances by Welsh National Opera at Venue Cymru in Llandudno Frank Martin: Le Vin Herbé Puccini: La Bohème Puccini: Madam Butterfly We will stay in the 4* St George’s Hotel in Llandudno. A private coach for Friends of Buxton Festival will be leaving from Buxton and picking up at Manchester Airport and Chester railway station Price includes: >Return coach travel from Buxton, Manchester Airport or Chester >Tickets to 3 operas >3 nights Bed & Breakfast in 4* St George’s Hotel >3 meals with wine >Services of tour escort

Leipzig & Dresden

Location: Leipzig & Dresden
Date: Thursday 11 - Monday 15 May
Price: £1345 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £145
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Dresden Semperoper - Verdi: Otello Leipzig Opera House - Richard Strauss: Arabella Staying in the centre of Leipzig at the 4* Victor’s Residenz Hotel a few minutes’ walk from the Opera House, Gewandhaus, Thomaskirche and Nikolaikirche. There will be guided tours of Leipzig and Dresden Flights will be available from London and Manchester to Leipzig with Lufthansa via Frankfurt or Munich Price includes: >Return flights to Leipzig >2 Sightseeing tours with guides >2 meals with wine >4 nights in 4* Hotel >Admission to 3 performances >All coach transfers >Services of tour escort

Aix-en-Provence

Location: Aix-en-Provence
Date: Sunday 2 - Thursday 6 July
Price: £1595 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £170
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

3 Operas at the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence, one of Europe’s major festivals. Philippe Boesmans: Pinocchio Bizet: Carmen Stravinsky: Rake’s Progress We will be staying in the Hôtel des Augustins, a former 15th 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 to Marseille (direct) and from Manchester to Marseille via Amsterdam Price includes: >Flights to Marseille >Admission to 3 performances >4 nights bed and continental breakfast in hotel >2 meals with wine >Guided tour of Aix >All necessary transfers >Services of tour escort

Plan Your Visit

Buxton Festival

Location: Buxton
Date: Thursday 20 - Sunday 23 July
Price: £745 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £59.50
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

This beautiful old Peak District spa town, with its gem of an Opera House, has hosted an opera festival for over three decades. It is now recognised as one of our most important festivals in the UK and includes a lively programme of concerts, talks and other events. We will be attending 3 operas. Britten: Albert Herring Mozart: Lucio Silla Verdi: Macbeth We will be staying at Lee Wood Hotel Buxton Price includes: >3 nights half board at Lee Wood Hotel >3 superior stall seat opera tickets >services of tour escort

Three Choirs Festival

Location: Worcester
Date: Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July
Price: £725 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £90
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

For nearly three hundred years the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester have taken turns to host an annual 'music meeting'. We will attend three concerts at Worcester Cathedral by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Festival Chorus: Jonathan Dove: There was a Child Fauré: Requiem Mozart: Mass in C 'The Great' Shostakovich: Symphony no12 'The Year 1917' Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music Finzi: Dies Natalis Howells: Hymnus Paradisi Staying at the Abbey Hotel in Malvern, there will be a transfer to Worcester Cathedral each day and the sightseeing trip will be to Elgar’s Birthplace Museum Price includes: >3 nights bed and breakfast at Abbey Hotel >Tickets to 3 concerts >2 meals with wine >Sightseeing trip >Transfers to Worcester Cathedral each day >Services of tour escorts

Santa Fe Opera

Location: Santa Fe
Date: Wednesday 2 - Tuesday 8 August
Price: £3295 (based on 2 people sharing a double-bedded room) Single room supplement £545
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

Santa Fe Opera is a well-established festival with an excellent reputation. We are offering three operas in the spectacular open-sided theatre with a panoramic mountain view, a few miles to the north of the town. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Golden Cockerel Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor Johann Strauss: Die Fledermaus Concert as part of the Santa Fe Chamber Music festival or Opera by Mason Bates: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (with £110 supplement) We will stay in the St Francis Hotel. Sightseeing trips will be to the Bandelier National Park and Taos. Flights will be on American Airlines from Manchester or London-Heathrow to Albuquerque via Chicago Price includes: >Flights to Albuquerque >6 nights at St Francis Hotel (breakfast not included) >Tickets to 4 performances >3 organised meals >All transfers >Sightseeing trips >Services of tour escort

Music in La Mancha

Location: Cuenca
Date: Wednesday 4 - Monday 9 October 2017
Price: £1625 (based on 2 people sharing) Single room supplement £130
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

John Whibley 'Holidays with Music' holds its own chamber music festival in Cuenca, one of the most fascinating mediaeval cities in Spain, perched on top of a hill, in the La Mancha region. We will be staying at the 17th century Posada San José very close to the Cathedral. This year we are happy to have the Borusan Quartet, Mario Mora Piano, Mamie Matsuda Soprano and José Antonio Domené Harp. They will perform 6 concerts in La Merced church, and the Cuenca Cathedral Flights will be from Liverpool to Madrid with Easyjet. We will provide a transfer from Buxton to Liverpool airport Price includes: >Return flights to Madrid >Sightseeing with a guide >4 lunches and 4 suppers with wine >Admission to 6 performances >5 nights in Posada San Jose >All coach transfers >Services of tour escort

WNO 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

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

Opera in Prague

Location: Prague
Date: November 2017
Price: £1475 (based on 2 people sharing a room) Single room supplement £240
Company: John Whibley 'Holidays with Music'
Telephone: 01663 746578

3 operas in this fascinating city Performance details will not be available until the new year but we intend to include: Direct flights from Manchester or London - 5 nights in a 4*Hotel in the centre of Prague - Guided tour of the city - 3 operas and 1 concert - Trip to Dvořák’s house in Vysoká - 4 dinners with wine/beer - Services of a tour escort