Wagner - The Ring Cycle in Leipzig
Leipzig’s legacy of classical music leaves nothing to be desired, especially when it comes to The Ring Cycle being performed in its composer’s birthplace.
Wagner’s innovations and his artistic legacy are proudly celebrated in the city. Allow yourself to be transported by his monumental music drama, performed over four nights in Leipzig’s modern opera house.
No trip to this Saxony city is complete without stepping into the worlds of other famous German composers: Mendelssohn, Schumann and Bach. Their music is immortalised by museums and the houses they lived in, now preserved as monuments to their genius.
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We land in Berlin in the early afternoon and transfer to our hotel in the heart of historic Leipzig.
Upon arrival we are treated to welcome drinks, before relaxing with an enlightening evening lecture to set us up for our trip.
On our first morning in this music-lovers’ mecca, we head straight for a tour of the Leipzig Opera House. Originally founded in the late 17th century, this is the third oldest opera house in Europe – though its modern incarnation was not erected until the 1950s, after allied bombing reduced its predecessor to rubble. A formidable building, with more than its share of drama.
After taking some time to explore more of the city, we follow our lunch with a very special event: a member of the Wagner Foundation shares their secrets about the great composer’s life and legacy in a private and personal meeting.
At 5 o’clock we make our way to the opera to watch Das Rheingold, otherwise known as the first instalment of Wagner’s magnificent Ring Cycle. This evening dinner is served in a local restaurant.
Following breakfast we visit the house where Felix Mendelssohn lived and died, a beautifully-restored home containing informative displays on the composer’s work, as well as a selection of his own watercolour paintings. An exceptional insight into the world surrounding this man of many talents.
Our next stop is the nearby Grassi Museum, where we find the newly-renovated Museum of Musical Instruments. Within these chronologically-arranged exhibits we discover a wealth of musical heritage, with over 5,000 instruments including three 16th-century clavichords and a gorgeous Gothic harp.
After lunch, we tour the house of Robert and Clara Schumann, where they lived soon after marrying. We soak up the ambience of the reconstructed “Schumann Hall” – now a well-used concert room for contemporary performers – and step into Schumann’s office, where some of his greatest works were composed.
A rousing performance of Die Walküre awaits us later this afternoon, followed by a light buffet dinner.
Today is largely free for us to stroll the streets of Leipzig at our leisure. Go shopping in some of the city’s best boutiques, explore its collection of historic churches, or unwind in one of Leipzig’s lavish coffee-houses.
Later today the harmonies of Wagner’s fantastic libretto Siegfried transport us to a fantastical world of gods and monsters. A light meal at the end of the day helps bring us back to earth.
There is another special treat in store for us this morning: a private recital at the excellent Bach Museum – a truly thrilling way to start the day. While here we also take time to look around the museum itself, with its interactive exhibits and – most excitingly of all – the “Treasure Room”, where we can get up close to some of Bach’s original scores and manuscripts.
After lunch in the city, we go on to view our fourth and final opera of the trip, Götterdämmerung, also known as the “Twilight of the Gods”. A buffet dinner follows – our chance to raise a glass to all the legends of Leipzig we have encountered over the past few days.
After a hearty last breakfast we drive to Berlin airport and fly home.
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- Meals - All meals included with wine at dinner
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