14 - 22 June 2017

Adám Fischer’s remarkable Ring cycle, performed this year over four evenings as the composer intended. This means sharing some roles and so we have the chance to hear Anja Kampe,
Irene Theorin, Johan Reuter, Christian Frank and Walter Fink
amongst others. The acclaimed “semi-staged” productions by Hartmut Schörghofer are at the award-winning Palace of Arts in Budapest where the seats are comfortable, the acoustics are first-rate and the air conditioning is silent. The Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Adám Fischer, who is their chief conductor, recent music director of the Budapest opera and veteran Ring conductor at Bayreuth and Vienna. The production is revised each year.

The Wagner Days with Fischer and the orchestra started some years ago with Parsifal, and this is returning with the incomparable Violeta Urmana, Peter Seiffert and Albert Pesendorfer.

And to make this a Wagner week to remember, there is a concert performance of Rienzi with Robert Dean Smith and Falk Struckmann. If you don’t know it, Wagner’s first success was inspired by Meyerbeer who also insisted on its triumphant first performance in Dresden in 1840.

We stay at the renovated Grand Hotel on the Margaret Island, the wooded paradise in the middle of the Danube in the heart of the Hungarian capital. Edwardian luxury is combined with the latest in recreational facilities. A pleasant outdoor pool and sunbathing area complement hot and cold indoor pools, steam rooms and saunas (all included) and various health treatments and massages (not included but very reasonable). A quick and easy journey to anywhere in the centre and of course we have a private transfer between hotel and opera. Very good meals are provided during the opera intervals. Those that wish have the opportunity to walk the length of the island afterwards, listening to the nightingales.

Cost: £1940 to include good tickets, transfers and interval meals, supper on arrival, sightseeing and 8 nights b&b accommodation with spa facilities. Single Supplement £190. Deposit £ 400 pp.

Flights are not included but we are happy to advise and book for you as required : British Airways, Wizzair, Easyjet or Jet 2 fly to Budapest from London Heathrow/Gatwick, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle or Luton.

Wednesday 14 June
Arrive, transfer to hotel. Supper

Thursday 15 June
Half-day tour of Budapest and lunch at Gundels.

Friday 16 June
Fine Art Museum and Millenium Park.

Saturday 17 June
Free day.

Sunday 18 June
Jewish Budapest tour.

Monday 19 June
RIENZI with Robert Dean Smith in a concert performance conducted by Sebastian Weigle

Tuesday 20 June
An excursion to the royal castle of Gödöllö, summer residence from 1867-1918 of the ruling Habsburg family. Free evening and suggested dinner at a fine Budapest restaurant.

Wednesday 21 June
PARSIFAL with Violeta Urmana, Peter Seiffert and Albert Pesendorfer

Thursday 22 June
Transfer to airport Departure

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