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Opera & Music in Berlin

Berlin 6 nights from £2,139 per person
Departs: 07 Mar 2019, 04 Jun 2019
Departs: 07 Mar 2019

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Berlin's historic opera house, the Staatsoper unter den Linden, reopens during the 2017/18 season having been closed since 2010. The building as we see it today opened in 1844 but it was destroyed twice during WWII. It held such an important place for Germans that it was rebuilt during the war in 1942 and destroyed again,reopening once more in 1955. The Berlin Staatskapelle plays at every performance and, since 1992, its chief conductor and music director has been Daniel Barenboim. He gives many performances in Berlin throughout the year but the highlight is the annual Festtage when he invites his closest friends and colleagues to take part in a splendid series of concerts. Our music holidays will also include performances at the Deutsche Oper. The reopening of the Staatsoper puts Berlin back at the pinnacle of world class music making.

 

The Itinerary for both holidays:

We stay at the 4 star Marriott Hotel just off Potsdamer Platz, a mere five minutes’ walk from the Berliner Philharmonie. The hotel is stylish, with comfortably appointed bedrooms, bars, restaurants and an indoor swimming pool. We have opted for as much variety as possible and so in addition to the city’s world-class art collections at the Altes National Museum and the Gemäldegalerie we have included some visits which relate to more recent German history.We will see how political changes affected the life of Berlin’s citizens through the dark years of World War II and the Cold War which followed it during our excursions to the Deutsch Histerischel Museum, Check Point Charlie and the Berlin Wall Museum.

We will drive to Potsdam, once the residence of the Prussian kings,which was developed by Frederik Willian I and, later, his son Frederik the Great into one of the greatest assemblages of Baroque architecture and magnificent landscaped parks and lakes. We will visit the magnificent palace of Sans Souci as well as many smaller,more intimate pavilions. 

Afterwards, we visit the Max Lieberman villa on Wanasee which gives a fine introduction to more than 150 of the artist’s works, as well as the revolutionary garden that was designed for him.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights to Berlin
  • Six nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Three dinners
  • Music programme as described including 2nd category tickets for opera performances
  • All sightseeing as described, all gratuities and entrance fees
  • Services of a local guide and the Kirker Tour Leader

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 12.45 arrive Berlin Tegel 15.35

Depart Berlin Tegel 13.50 arrive London Heathrow 14.55

Departure Dates and Prices

Our prices are per person, based on the shared occupancy of a twin/double room.
Supplement for single occupancy as shown.

07 Mar 2019

Status Available

Price from£2139

Single Supp.£298

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04 Jun 2019

Status Available

Price from£2224

Single Supp.£336

Reserve Contact
Ger van den Munckhof

Ger van den Munckhof

Tour Leader

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Music Programme

Music Programme for March

9 March: Deutsche Oper
Boris Godunov by Mussorgsky, conductor Kirill Karabits. Sir Bryn Terfel sings the title role.

10 March: Deutsche Oper
Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. Etienne Dupuis sings thetitle role, Matthew Newlin is Lensky and Tatiana is sung by Nicole Car

12 March: Berlin Philharmonie, Kammermusiksaal
Moscow Cathedral Choir: Missa Mystica – Music for a Russian Easter
One of the world’s greatest choirs presents a spiritual programme linking East and West, from Gregorian songs of the West to the great traditions of the Russian Orthodox Church.The outstanding voices in the choir include the world’s deepest basses, known as octavists.

Optional Performances on 8 March:
Choose between the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Schoenberg:Violin Concerto Op.36; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E major Op.64
and Die Zauberflöte by Mozart at the Staatsoper: £120


 

Music Programme for June

5 June: Staatsoper
Rigoletto by Verdi. Cast includes Christopher Maltman in the title role, Michael Fabiano as the dissolute duke and the American soprano Nadine Sierra, whose performance of Gilda has been acclaimed on many of the world’s most important stages in the past two years.

8 June: Deutsche Oper
Otello by Verdi
American tenor Russell Thomas sings the Moor, George Gagnidze is Iago and Guanqun Yu is Desdemona.

9 June: Deutsche Oper
Manon Lescaut by Puccini, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.Maria Jose Siri from Uruguay is the hapless heroine and Jorgede León is Des Grieux.

Optional Concert 7 June:
Konzerthaus: Konzerthausorchester Berlin
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2 Op.19; Mahler: Symphony No. 1in D: £60

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