with DIE TOTE STADT and Martin Luther
28 January – 5 February 2018

The intelligent production of Wagner’s Ring by Willy Decker was the focus of our memorable visit when Fabio Luisi was in his honeymoon period with the Sächsische Staatskapelle and the Semperoper Dresden. We returned for the next cycle in 2010 when Mr Luisi made an abrupt departure. Now it reappears for two cycles with their present chief conductor, the superb Wagnerian Christian Thielemann. All tickets were snapped up in 24 hours but we have succeeded in acquiring a small number for the second cycle.

The superb cast includes the amazing Vitalij Kowaljow as Wotan, Petra Lang as Brünnhilde, Albert Dohmen - Alberich, Christa Mayer - Fricka, Erda and Waltraute, Kurt Streit is Loge, Gerhard Siegel - Mime and Andreas Schager - Siegfried.

We also have tickets for a rare performance of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s 1920 masterpiece Die tote Stadt conducted by Sir Jeffrey Tate with Burkhard Fritz and Manuela Uhl in a new production by David Bösch (Covent Garden’s Il trovatore).

English surtitles with all 5 operas

We stay in our preferred Dresden hotel with splendid views over the baroque centre and the Elbe. A lovely walk along the Brühlsche Terrasse to the Semperoper. With our favourite guide Tom Abbott we will have time to explore the treasures of Dresden and spend a whole day in Leipzig.

On our way back to Berlin we visit Wittenberg where Martin Luther sparked off the Reformation in 1517. We see the church door to which he supposedly nailed his 95 Theses and the town of Torgau with its Renaissance castle where the first German opera was performed.

Cost : £2390 to include return BA flight, accommodation with buffet breakfast at the Hotel am Terrassenufer, good tickets for 5 operas, transfers, excursions, one dinner and three lunches. Without flights £2240. Single use of double room supplement £200. Deposit £400 pp.


Sunday 28 January
BA flight from Heathrow Terminal 5 at 12.45 arrive Berlin Tegel 15.35 and coach to Dresden (approx. 2 hours). Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Monday 29 January
A walk through the historic centre and visit the rebuilt FRAUENKIRCHE
Free afternoon.


Tuesday 30 January
Coach to the the Military History Museum with its famous intervention by Daniel Libeskind. Hellerau, the first German garden city and an important cultural centre. Free afternoon.


Wednesday 31 January
MEISSEN with the famous porcelain factory and museum and great cathedral. Lunch included.
Free evening.

Thursday 1 February
Boat along the Elbe to the baroque riverside palace and grounds of Pillnitz.
A special visit to the award-winning 2001 New Synagogue that stands in place of the 1841 Gottfried Semper synagogue destroyed in 1938.


Friday 2 February
More galleries and a walk through the theatre and Jewish district.


bf mugt

Saturday 3 February
All-day visit to LEIPZIG via the Memorial to the Battle of the Nations (1913) including the British rocket brigade who made decisive contribution. The Bach churches, Mendelssohn’s flat and the house where Wagner was born are all visited and lunch is in the cellar where Faust and Mephistopheles drank. Free evening.

Sunday 4 February
The Green Vaults – the Wunderkammer of the Saxon princes restored to its original setting, the Zwinger and the picture gallery.


Monday 5 February
Coach to TORGAU and Schloss Hartenfels – then WITTENBERG Luther’s town with lunch. BA flight departs Berlin 17.55 arrives Heathrow 19.00

If you decide you must join me on both the Dresden and Berlin trips – the two best Wagner conductors of our day with probably the two best Wagner orchestras (whose members form most of the Bayreuth orchestra each summer) - we are offering a special
“German Package” with a £300 discount per person for both tours booked at the same time.

Please click here to download a pdf of the booking form