22 days
Duration
British Isles, Europe
Destination
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Classical Music small group tours

The Theatre-Opera-Ballet and Classical Music Small group tours offered by Odyssey Travellers Australia  is unique.

This Theatre-Opera-Ballet and Classical Music Small group tour is a  24 day extravaganza, which often encompasses two continents. However, this year the tour has a European focus. We have also chosen to use the high speed rail network once in Europe to travel around on to reach each centre.

Each year Odyssey Travellers Australia  seeks to put together the very best of  the  performing arts into one program to celebrate the start of the new year. Going into 2018 the program will not be any different.This year the tour spends 24 days in these 4 great locations:

  • Berlin (6 nights)
  • Hamburg (4 nights)
  • Amsterdam (6 nights)
  • London (7 nights )

This tour from Odyssey Traveller Australia includes tickets to at least 12 performances during the 24 days as well as guided city tours to the main museums and art galleries in most locations. The group is limited to a maximum of 10 people. Robert Wickham, who led the tour last year and received some great reviews, will lead the tour again this year.

Performances range from Sir Simon Rattle conducting the Berlin Philharmonic on New Year eve with Joyce DiDonato. With her flexible, slender but darkly timbred mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato has already delighted audiences at the Philharmonie on several occasions. Now she is the star guest at Sir Simon Rattle’s side during the New Year’s Eve Concert, singing Richard Strauss’s lavishly beautiful orchestral songs. The programme also includes works by Dvořák, Stravinsky, Bernstein and Shostakovich – full of virtuosity, gracefulness and humour. Whilst in Berlin we attend on New Years day Beethoven' symphony no.9 in D minor "choral", op.125. Daniel Barenboim conducts, Simon O'Neill sings tenor and Rene Pape bass.

 

We also attend two performances in Hamburg.   We will see Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Staatsoper. This really is an all-star production. Kent Negano is conducting, Lisa Lindstom, who recently sang Brunnhilde in the Melbourne Ring Cycle to great acclaim, encores her performance of this role. Liang Li, recently seen in Sydney with Jonas Kauffmann in Parsifal, sings Hunding, and Matthias Goerne, one of the great bass-baritones of our time, sings Wotan. As well we expect to  attend a performance in the new Hamburg concert hall, at the Elbphilharmonie

As well as visiting new places this performing arts tour spends 6 days in Amsterdam, visiting the galleries and attending performances.

In London, where we stay for  a week we attend a mix of  performances at the theatre, ballet, and opera.

Included for the London section of the tour are the following performances:

  • Antony & Cleopatra by the Royal Shakespeare company at the Barbican
  • Tosca, at the Opera house
  • Opening night of Giselle also at the Covent garden Opera house

Odyssey Traveller Australia  secures good to better than average seats on this program and will typically provides taxis back to the hotels after evening performances. These classical music small group tours travels by high speed rail from Berlin to London and all intermediate locations.

The cost for this classical music small group tour of 24 days  including at least 12 concerts is priced from AUD $16,995 per person for a twin share excluding international flights to and from Europe. For a single traveller the price $19,495, excluding flights. 

For more details about these classical music small group tours, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

Check out the blog post in which we profiled some new recently opened European concert halls here!

This tour is featured as Winter Odyssey with a Twist in Odyssey Travellers Australia  brochure.

Tour Notes
  • Once performances have been finalised the itinerary will be updated and forwarded to registered participants.
  • Group size is limited to 10 participants.

PDF of Tour PDF of Reading List

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Attend performances at the new Concert hall in Hamburg
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Attend opening night of Giselle at the Royal Opera House Covent garden
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Enjoy Joyce DiDonato perform with Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin philharmonia
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Back stage tours of major theartes, including The National in London and the Paris Opera.
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Visit major art museums in Berlin, Amsterdam & London including current special exhibitions.

Overview: After arriving in Berlin, we make our own way to the hotel. Once here, we come together for a welcome dinner and program orientation.

Accommodation: Stay four nights in Berlin. Hotel to be confirmed

Overview: Today, we are attending this evening the Philharmonie.

Philharmonie: Großer Saal, BerlinDvořák, Stravinsky, Strauss, Bernstein,ShostakovichMORE INFO Dvořák, Carnival Overture, Op.92Stravinsky, Apollo (Apollon musagète) (Pas de deux) Strauss R., Orchestral SongsBernstein, On the Town: Three Dance Episodes Bernstein, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Take Care of This House Shostakovich, The Golden Age: suite, Op.22a Berliner Philharmoniker Sir Simon Rattle, Conductor Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-soprano

Accommodation: To be confirmed

Overview: A day touring around Berlin with local guides. Visiting museums  galleries and relevant historic locations.

Accommodation: To be confirmed

Overview: Tonight we attend a performance of Beethoven’ symphony no.9 in D minor “choral”, op.125. Daniel Barenboim conducts, Simon O’Neill sings tenor and Rene Pape bass.

Accommodation: To be confirmed

Overview: Today is free day to explore Berlin.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: A day touring around Berlin with local guides. Visiting museums  galleries and relevant historic locations.

Tonight we attend a performance of the Nutcracker performed by the Staatballett Berlin.

When the curtain rises for “The Nutcracker”, the audience meets the Stahlbaum family at Christmas eve and the celebration is already in full swing. Guests wear fine robes in the style of the Belle Epoche and move with elegance through a spacious Art Nouveau apartment. Without much ado, Nacho Duato has transferred the plot to the year 1913. This rather unusual time travel – the ballet is normally set in the late 19th  century –  does not only influence the set and costumes design by Jérôme Kaplan, but also the dance movements: The elegant fashion of the early 20th century gives  the ensemble more freedom of movement than the stiff costumes of the previous century. A congenial idea, which also lets a magical Christmas wonderland unfold on stage, full of wooden toys and little sailor suits, which in this way can only be imaged in our most beautiful dreams.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: The group leaves Berlin mid-morning for the short journey to Hamburg. Tonight we enjoy a group dinner.

Accommodation: TBA.

Overview: A day touring around Hamburg with local guides. Visiting museums  galleries and relevant historic locations.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we will see Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Staatsoper. This really is an all-star production. Kent Negano is conducting, Lisa Lindstom, who recently sang Brunnhilde in the Melbourne Ring Cycle to great acclaim, encores her performance of this role. Liang Li, recently seen in Sydney with Jonas Kauffmann in Parsifal, sings Hunding, and Matthias Goerne, one of the great bass-baritones of our time, sings Wotan.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we attend a performance in new concert hall Elbpphilharmonie Hamburg grosser Salle.

Blechschaden is Bavaria’s best export after beer and the football club Bayern München; the 11 brass players plus a percussionist from 6 different countries also refer to themselves as »the foreign legion of the Munich Philharmonic«. They are virtuosi to a man, always up for a lark and able to perform pièces de résistance effortlessly. Blechschaden is a mixture of the Last Night of the Proms and the New Year’s Concert in Vienna.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Leaving Hamburg mid morning by train we travel to Amsterdam.

We have a group meal tonight

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today is a free day in Amsterdam, where we can continue to explore the city at our own pace.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we enjoy a concert at the Concertgebouw.

The first program is

Bruch – Eerste vioolconcert in g, op. 26
Mahler – Eerste symfonie in D ‘Titan’

The conductor is Daniele Gatti. Janine Jansen is the violinist for this performance.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is widely considered one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound. The extraordinary acoustics of The Concertgebouw and the exceptional musicians themselves play an important role in this respect. Another important contributing factor is the influence exerted on the orchestra by its chief conductors, of whom there have been only seven since 1988. Daniele Gatti was appointed chief conductor in September 2016. The orchestra has its own in-house label, RCO Live, and the RCO Academy successfully trains talented young orchestral musicians.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today local guides assist the group in exploring Amsterdam.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today we spend the day exploring Amsterdam.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we attend our second performance at Concertgebouw. Martin Frost plays clarinet. Nicholas Collon is the conductor. The program for the evening is as follows.

De Graaff – Café de nuit (wereldpremière)
Borisova-Ollas – Golden Dances of Pharaohs
Hillborg – Peacock Tales
Stravinsky – Petroesjka

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today we travel from Amsterdam to London via Brussels. Their will be a group dinner this evening.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we attend Tosca at the Covent garden Opera house.

Three casts, led by Adrianne Pieczonka, Angela Gheorghiu and Martina Serafin and conducted by Dan Ettinger and Plácido Domingo, star in The Royal Opera’s production of Puccini’s thriller.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: The day is free to explore at your leisure.

Tonight’s performance is yet to be announced.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today we visit with local guides relevant museums and art gallery exhibitions.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Tonight we head to the Barbican to watch the Royal Shakespeare company’s production of Antony & Cleopatra.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Today we visit relevant galleries and museums to the tour. Local guides assist the group.

Accommodation: TBA

Overview: Returning to the Royal Opera House.

Tonight we watch  the Japanese dancer Akane Takada who is  a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She danced with the Company on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship in 2008 and in 2009 entered the Company as an Artist. She was promoted to First Artist in 2010, Soloist in 2011, First Soloist in 2014 and Principal in 2016.

Tonight Akane Takada is the principal dancer in the ballet Giselle.

The greatest of all Romantic ballets, Peter Wright’s production of Marius Petipa’s classic  Giselle is a tale of betrayal, the supernatural and love that transcends death.

Overview: The program concludes after breakfast.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 23 nights hotel accommodation in Europe  and the UK.
  • Breakfast daily and 7 dinners.
  • Tickets to selected performances.
  • Transport Passes in London
  • Transport, field trips, concerts and excursions as indicated.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach as well as public transport.
  • Rail services
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Detailed Tour Information Booklet.
  • Services of a study / group leader.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls and laundry.
  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
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Tour Reviews

March 16, 2017

Robert’s knowledge and expertise was greatly appreciated especially as I was the least culturally aware of the group. I enjoyed every minute of the tour, and his cheerfulness even in times of trial ( the weather) and the usual small things that go wrong were met with enthusiasm and help.

March 16, 2017

The tour was compact, well planned and intense of course, having to include so much in a short space of time, compared with what we would do and see normally at home. A bit overwhelming, but wonderful for looking back, and a challenge to see how much one can remember.

March 16, 2017

Robert was an excellent leader who made things run smoothly. He had great knowledge about all aspects of the content of this expedition. He interacted with all members of the group. I would be very happy to go on another tour with Robert as leader.

March 16, 2017

This trip could have been planned for me as all my interests were included – ballet, theatre, concerts, opera and visits to magnificent museums and galleries.

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