Opera and Music in Presidential Prague, 14 March 2019

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Visit Prague, ‘The City of a Hundred Spires’ on our opera and music tour. Prague is undoubtedly one of Europe’s most renowned and enthralling capitals. The city will delight you at every turn, with palaces, cathedrals, and churches located throughout. Then there are the splendid bridges arching across the river, none more famous than the exquisite 15th century Charles Bridge, plus historic churches and merchants’ houses adorning the beautiful old town. Not forgetting the fascinating “astronomical clock” on the city’s unpronounceable square, Staromesti Namesti. In the evening, attend performances of opera and music in Prague famous venues – The National Theatre, The Rudolfinum and the Church of St.Simon and Juda.

Inclusions

• Return flights, taxes and transfers • Five-nights in the four-star Clarion Old Town with breakfast • Historical city tour of Prague with visit to Prague Castle • Three-course pre-performance dinners on three of the evenings • Four evening performances o Czech Philharmonic Orchestra with Vodička in the Rudolfinum o Un Ballo in Maschera (Verdi) in the National Theatre o Andrea Chenier (Giodano) in the National Theatre o Spring Evening with Vivaldi with St.Simon and Juda • Coach transfer from hotel to concert venue with your guide on three of the evenings • Free time for independent sightseeing • Coach and guide as outlined throughout the itinerary

Itinerary


Day 1

Your tour will start with a morning flight to Prague. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin at 10:55 and arrives in Prague 14.25 (flight times subject to change). On arrival in Prague, meet your local guide and transfer to the 4* Clarion Old Town where you booked for five-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel: The 4* Clarion Old Town The Clarion Old Town Hotel is superbly located just a 5-minute walk from the Old Town Square in Prague’s historic centre. The hotel offer air-conditioned rooms with free internet access, flat-screen cable TV, a laptop safe, a trouser press, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Benada restaurant offers lunch and dinner menus. Approximate arrival time at your hotel is 15:45. The remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure.

Day 2

Today, join your local guide for a historical tour of Prague with visit to Prague Castle. Discover Prague with on our half day guided tour. Enjoy a panoramic city coach tour seeing sights such as the Powder Tower, one of the city’s medieval gateways; the National Theatre; and busy Wenceslas Square, the scene of the protests that marked the 1989 Velvet Revolution. After your drive, take a guided walking tour around the exterior of UNESCO-listed Prague Castle and listen as your guide enthralls you with tales of the castle’s history.

Afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing.

Your evening will begin with a three-course pre-concert dinner in your hotel restaurant. After dinner, coach transfer with your local guide to the Rudolfinum concert hall for the first of your four performances. At the end of the evening, private coach transfer back to hotel.

Performance details:

Start time: 19:30

Performers Jiří Vodička violin David Robertson conductor Czech Philharmonic Programme Igor Stravinsky Concerto in E Flat Major (“Dumbarton Oaks”) Sergei Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, Op. 63 Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 22 in E Flat Major, Hob I/22 (“The Philosopher”) Bohuslav Martinů Sinfonietta La Jolla, for piano and chamber orchestra, H 328

Day 3

Today, you have the morning and afternoon free in Prague for independent sightseeing.

Your evening will begin with a three-course pre-concert dinner in your hotel restaurant. After dinner, coach transfer with your local guide to the National Theatre for the second of your four performances.

At the end of the evening, private coach transfer back to hotel.

Performance details:

Un Ballo in Maschera in the National Theatre

Start time: 19:00

Musical preparation: Jaroslav Kyzlink Conductor: Jaroslav Kyzlink Stage director: Dominik Beneš Sets: Marek Cpin Costumes: Marek Cpin Chorus master: Pavel Vaněkce

Day 4

Today, you have the morning and afternoon free in Prague for independent sightseeing. This evening dinner is at your own expense. Your concert this evening is a Spring Evening with Vivaldi in the Church of St.Simon and Juda. The venue is located quite close to you hotel and for those interested, the guide will be available in the hotel to walk the group to the venue.

Performance details: Spring Evening with Vivaldi Church of St.Simon and Juda

Start time: 18:00

Antonio Vivaldi Concerto for two violins and minor RV 522 Concerto for Piccol C major RV 443 Concerto for two violoncelles in G minor RV 531 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH Concerto for Two Violins D minor BWV 1043 GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN Concert for three trumpets ANTONÍN REICHENAUER Concerto for oboe and bassoon in B major Hiroko TAKAHASHI, Jakub MAREK, Kateřina PENKOVÁ, František KOSINA | violin Petra MALÍŠKOVÁ, Petr MALÍŠEK | violoncello Petra HOĎÁNKOVÁ | piccolo Jan HOĎÁNEK | oboe Václav FÜRBACH | bassoon Marek ZVOLÁNEK, Marek VAJO, Lubomir KOVAŘÍK | pipe SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HL. M. PRAHY FOK Vojtěch SPURNÝ | conductor, harpsichord

Day 5

Today, you have the morning and afternoon free in Prague for independent sightseeing. Your evening will begin with a three-course pre-concert dinner in your hotel restaurant. After dinner, coach transfer with your local guide to the National Theatre for your final performance. At the end of the evening, private coach transfer back to hotel.

Performance details:

Start time: 19:00

Andrea Chénier from Umberto Giordano

A gem of Italian verismo opera, Giordano’s Andrea Chénier was presented at the National Theatre

in Prague in 1897, a mere year after its world premiere at La Scala in Milan, and three months

following its first performance in Hamburg, conducted by Gustav Mahler. Yet since that time it has

not been seen on our stage. Owing to the torrential dramatic music and extreme emotionality, as

well as the atmosphere of the story set in the time of the French Revolution, it is one of the pinnacles

of the period’s opera. The style of Andrea Chénier is markedly Italian, with its sound colour and

melody akin to that of Puccini and the forcibility of the crowd scenes reminiscent of Verdi’s late

operas. Also bearing witness to its being close to Puccini is the librettist, Luigi Illica, the author of the

texts for La bohéme, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, who adapted for Giordano the story of the

French poet André Chénier, one of the last victims of Robespierre’s Reign of Terror in 1793 and 1794.

Giordano’s opera depicts the drama of a love triangle, featuring the young aristocrat Maddalena,

the servant Gérard and the poet Chénier. As a result of the revolutionary events, the initially

innocent flirtation turns into a desperate and wild passion – the persecuted Maddalena writes

secret love letters to Chénier; Gérard, who has become a major representative of the Jacobin

regime, abuses his power for his personal interest in Maddalena; while the dreamer Chénier, the

omnipresent Terror notwithstanding, keeps believing in liberty, inspiration and love. Yet love amidst

a revolution is a dangerous matter indeed. The production is conducted by the Artistic Director of

the National Theatre Opera, Petr Kofroň, and directed by Michal Dočekal.

Approximate running time, including intermission: 2 hours, 30 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.

 

Day 6

Today, you have the morning free in Prague for independent sightseeing. In the early afternoon, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Prague at 15:05 and arrives Dublin 16:35.

Extra Information

Booking Information

  • Price is inclusive of one piece of hand luggage. Checked in luggage is extra according to airline fees at time of booking. Please advise at the time of booking should you wish to check-in a bag.
  • Single supplement €229
  • A non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €250 per person is required at time of booking (by debit card, cheque or credit card). No surcharge on deposit payments. Please note a 2% surcharge is payable on balances paid via credit card
  • Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • Minimum numbers required to travel or deposit refunded.
  • Prices, flight times & listed itinerary are subject to change. Please note that flight times are subject to change at airline discretion and changes to flight times are out of our control.
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  Cost per person: €897pp
  Number of nights: 5
  Dates available: 14 March 2019

Single Supplement €229

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