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The Kirker Music Festival on Lake Como

Italian Lakes 7 nights Prices on request

The destination for our new Kirker Music Festival is one of the most beautiful corners of Italy. Lined with villas, cypress trees and low-arching mountains that link the Alps with the plain of Lombardy, Lake Como has a peaceful timelessness like no other. The lake has inspired many composers, most notably Franz Liszt, whose works feature in our music programme, performed by a renowned group of international soloists, including Melvyn Tan, Benjamin Appl and sopranos Katherine Broderick and Rosa Feola. There will be an optional excursion to see Rosa on stage at La Scala, Milan in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, before she gives her recital which will close our Festival. We stay in the village of Moltrasio at the southern tip of the lake.


The Itinerary

We will visit two of Lake Como’s famed gardens at the Villa Balbianello and the Villa Carlotta. We will also visit the island of Brissago on Lake Maggiore to see the famous botanical garden and the villa where the composer Leoncavallo lived and worked. We will have lunch and enjoy a concert at the 17th century Villa Medici-Giulini.


Optional visit to La Scala, Milan 19 April

Don Pasquale by Donizetti. Rosa Feola is Norina and Ambrogio Maestri is the duped Don. Transfers and dinner in a restaurant close to La Scala will be provided. We will have further details and prices early in January.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Milan
  • Seven nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Five dinners and one lunch at the Villa Medici-Giulini
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities as described
  • Five concerts and one talk as described
  • The services of the Kirker Tour Leader

Flight Details

Flights with British Airways:

Depart London Heathrow 12.00 arrive Milan Linate 15.00
Depart Milan Linate 14.20 arrive London Heathrow 15.55

Departure Dates and Prices

Included Hotels

Lake Como, Italy, Italian Lakes, Europe

This lake front hotel has been a local favourite for many years and following extensive improvements is now set to become a favourite for discerning travellers looking for good facilities and good value on Lake Como.


Katherine Broderick


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Melvyn Tan


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Benjamin Appl


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Iain Burnside © TallWall Media

Iain Burnside


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Rosa Feola © Todd Rosenberg

Rosa Feola


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Music Programme

16 April: Katherine Broderick, soprano; Iain Burnsidepiano
A recital of songs based on Kennst du das Land by Goethe, set to music by Schubert, Liszt, Wolf, Beethoven, Du Parc and Schumann, together with songs by Liszt, and Wesendonck Lieder by Wagner

17 April: Melvyn Tan, piano, will give his first recital of works by Liszt, Debussy and others, which were inspired by water and gardens. Before the concert, Susan Sharpe will give a talk on Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship. Susan was a broadcaster on BBC R3 and has led many music tours for Kirker

18 April: Benjamin Appl, baritone; Iain Burnside, piano
‘The Italian Songbook’, a collection of Italian poems and folksongs set to music by Hugo Wolf

20 April: Melvyn Tan, piano, gives his second recital, this time of music by Liszt, including some of the composer’s best known transcriptions of Italian operas

21 April: Rosa Feola, soprano; and Iain Burnside, piano
A recital of Italian songs and bel-canto arias.
Four concerts are held in the hotel and one in the 17th century Villa Medici-Giulini near Briosco, a 35 minute drive from Moltrasio

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