Friends Holidays

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

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