In the Tony Award-winning Best Play Copenhagen, German physicist Werner Heisenberg plied his mathematical brilliance in Munich. In the recently-closed Broadway production of Amadeus, Austrian composer Mozart brought his musical genius to Salzburg. How would you like to spend some time in Europe visiting the stomping grounds of these notable names while taking in an array of opera and musical performances and attend the opening night of a new production? This July 27 - Aug. 6, Playbill Travel, in association with Dailey-Thorpe Travel can take you there.
On July 27, Thursday afternoon, you'll be whisked away from New York to arrive in Munich the following morning, where you'll be staying at the sophisticated Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, the city's leading hotel. A morning tour of the elegant Bavarian capital will start your Saturday and a performance of Janacek's "Katja Kabanova" then dinner at the popular Spatenhaus an der Oper will conclude the day.
On Sunday, you'll enjoy a guided walking tour of the former city palace, the Residenz, and visit the grand Cuivillies Theatre. By night, you'll bask in the Mozart classic "Le Nozze di Figaro" at the Bavarian State Opera. The next day brings an array of European art when you visit the Alte Pinakothek, one of the most important and fascinating art museums. That evening, Wagner's work will grace your ears with the opera, "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg."
Tuesday morning you'll be transported by private coach to Salzburg. You'll begin the new month at the Crowne Plaza Salzburg Hotel Pitter, set nearby the Salzach River and the beautiful Mirabell Garden. That evening's performance of "Les Troyens" by Berlioz and dinner at the charming Zum Eulenspiegel will kick off your stay in the historic music town. Then comes a walking tour that concludes with a cogwheel train ride to the medieval fortress that possesses a wonderful view of the city. Later on that evening, you will relish Gluck's "Iphigenie en Tauride" to be sung in French.
The famous Hellbrunn Castle will be the onset of your Thursday where you will visit its fanciful gardens and playful fountains, and behold its signature trompe l'oeil decorations. Hellbrunn boasts one of the oldest water organs in the world and was the site of the first opera performances north of the Alps. Following that visit, you'll stop in the nearby Celtic Museum in Hallein, where salt mining began 2,000 years ago. Breaking from the opera lineup, you'll partake in an evening concert recital by Evgeny Kissin, whose fingers will dance upon the ivories at the Grosses Festpielhaus. An excursion to the lovely Lake District of Salzkammergut, the picturesque towns of St. Wolfgang and St. Gilgen will fill your next morning. Then, in his own hometown, revel in the splendor that is Mozart with an early evening performance of his "Cosi Fan Tutte" at Kleines Festspielhaus. The next morning it's even more Mozart at the Mozart Matinee, with performances by the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg and the Arnold Schoenberg Chorus.
Completing your extraordinary tour is a chance to experience the opening night presentation of Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde" at the Grosses Festspielhaus. Then bid a fond farewell to Salzburg with a toast at one of Europe's most famous dining rooms, the Goldener Hirsch Restaurant, before departing the following day.
You will also be able to spend plenty of time exploring the two treasure filled towns at your leisure amid the exciting itinerary that has been provided for you. Reserve your space for this fantastic European summer opera tour while you still can. Not including air transportation, the cost of the trip is $6,985 per person, with a single-room supplement for $1,065.00
Please make checks payable to: DAILEY-THORP TRAVEL, 330 West 58th Street, Suite 610, New York, NY 10019-1817.
For more details on this and upcoming trips, please call Director of Playbill Travel, Janice Marie Johnson at (212) 307-1555 weekdays. You can also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include your name, mailing address and telephone number. She will take care of all your flight and hotel arrangements and any special requests you may have.
Don't miss out on the chance to be able to say you attended a performance at the famous festival in the town where Mozart composed over 200 years ago. And that you were there on the opening night of a new European production. You will have lots to boast and reminisce about when you return from this trip packed with wondrous musical events. Book your trip today!