Wagner - The Ring Cycle in Leipzig
This city’s rich history of classical music leaves nothing to be desired, especially when it comes to The Ring Cycle being performed in its composer’s birthplace. Richard Wagner’s innovations and artistic legacy are proudly celebrated here. 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: local boys Mendelssohn, Schumann and Bach. Their world-famous music is immortalised by museums and the houses they lived in, preserved as monuments to their genius. We spend time discovering more about their lives through personal artefacts and unique exhibitions, and the knowledge of our expert guide will give us a broader view of Leipzig’s rich musical heritage. So, join us on this cultural exploration of Germany and immerse yourself in its sounds & sights.
- Take a private tour of the Blüthner Piano Factory
- Be treated to a private recital
- Interval snacks at the Opera House
- Enjoy a personal meeting with the Chairman of the Leipzig Wagner Foundation
- Experience a privileged view of the Opera House with a special tour
- Cultural Excursion
- Special Access
- All Inclusive
We fly to Berlin from London. Upon arrival, we travel to Leipzig and check in to our hotel. This evening, we are welcomed by the Chairman of the Wagner Foundation at the opening of the festival.
Today we start with a talk on the operas. After, we discover the delights of Leipzig. Following a stop for lunch, we walk to the Opera House for the first performance of this tour, Das Rheingold. Later, we sit down to dinner at our hotel.
Our day begins at the Opera House, where we experience a private tour. Lunch follows. Later, we have our second opera of the week, Die Walküre.
We begin with a private tour at the Blüthner piano factory and then we head to the apartment where Robert and Clara Schumann lived. Here we enjoy a brief piano recital before going to lunch at the Gohliser Schlösschen. Our afternoon is free and tonight’s dinner is at a local restaurant.
Depart for Mendelssohn House, where he lived and died. Next, visit Grassi Museum and the newly renovated Museum of Musical Instruments, home to over 5,000 instruments including three 16th century clavichords and a Gothic harp. Later, enjoy our third performance.
This morning we visit the Bach Museum, as we are treated to a private recital. Our final opera awaits us later, the great Götterdämmerung, known as “Twilight of the Gods”.
Fly home to London from Berlin Airport.
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Tour Manager
- Local Travel - Private a/c coach
- Meals - Most meals included with wine at dinner
- Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
- Opera Tickets - Entry to all performances in the programme. We request the seats in the centre stalls as these offer the best view although seats in boxes are usually more expensive. There is no guarantee that we will get the seats requested as availability is often limited. Where it is possible to avoid boxes as an alternative we will, but in some cases it may be the only option.
The weather may be a little unpredictable in May although temperatures should be pleasant averaging 15-20° C. We suggest layers and something suitable for rain, just in case.
All the sites we visit are within walking distance. Most of the walking will occur day 3 when we visit three museums although there will be breaks and chances to sit down. The longest distance will require about 20 minutes. As there is a fair amount of walking generally we suggest packing some comfortable shoes.
Lunch will be provided each day except on day 6, the day of departure. On arrival, we will have a light lunch en route to Leipzig from Berlin airport and other lunches will be in restaurants in Leipzig. All dinners are included.
With the exception of the first opera, Rheingold, the others have a duration of 5 – 6 hours. Because of this, we will be having dinner at the hotel after the performance of the first opera only. During the interval for the other three operas, the opera house provides something to eat. These meals are set by the opera house and it is not possible to seek alternatives – even the wine is chosen for us. However, there will be a different dish for each evening so that there will be some variety.
Although there is no rule regarding dress to the opera you may feel more comfortable in smart/casual clothing. Malcolm Miller, your guide lecturer, will be giving information on all the operas and providing a synopsis. Programmes are available to buy at the opera house for €5 each. Surtitles are in German only.
For any personal purchases you may wish to make, credit/debit cards can generally be used although you may wish to have a little cash (Euros) on you as some shops, cafés and restaurants do not accept cards.
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