Opera in presidential Prague, 16 June 2019
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 in Prague’s most famous venues – The Theatre of the Estates and The National Theatre.
Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre
Carmen in the National Theatre
• Return flights, taxes and transfers • Three-nights in the Design Hotel Metropole with breakfast • Historical city tour of Prague • Two pre-performance dinners in hotel • Two evening performances o Don Giovanni in the Estates Theatre o Carmen in the National Theatre • Guide assistance on walk from hotel to the venues • Free time for independent sightseeing
Your tour will start with an early afternoon flight to Prague. Your flight with Aer Lingus departs Dublin at 12:55 and arrives in Prague 16.25 (flight times subject to change). On arrival in Prague, meet your local guide and transfer to the Design Hotel Metropole where you booked for three-nights on a bed and breakfast basis. Your hotel: Design Hotel Metropole
Approximate arrival time at your hotel is 18:00.
The remainder of the day and evening is at your leisure.
Today, join your local guide for a historical tour of Prague. Discover Prague with on our half day guided tour. You tour will begin by coach taking you up to the Prague Castle district. 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. From here, take a leisurely walk back to the Old Town, seeing sights susch as the Powder Tower, one of the city’s medieval gateways; and the busy Wenceslas Square, the scene of the protests that marked the 1989 Velvet Revolution.
Afternoon at leisure for independent sightseeing.
The evening begins with a three-course pre-opera dinner in your hotel restaurant. After dinner, walk with your local guide (approximately 10 minutes) to the Theatre of the Estates for the evening performance of Don Giovanni. At the end of the evening, walk back to the hotel.
Performance details: Don Giovanni in The Estates Theatre
Start time: 19:00
The opera Don Giovanni, the Estates Theatre and the long-standing Mozart tradition are among the greatest glories of Prague’s cultural history. The Estates Theatre is globally unique in that it is the one and only preserved and still functional venue where a world premiere of a Mozart opera took place with the composer himself conducting. This premiere was – as is generally known – of the very “Opera of Operas”, Don Giovanni. And the Estates Theatre is all the more unique owing to the fact that this opera has been performed there for centuries. The world premiere of Don Giovanni on 29 October 1787 was a tremendous success and from Prague the new opera set out on its journey to global acclaim and admiration. Mozart’s “Prague” opera is one of the most frequently performed titles at the National Theatre. Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera is a work of Shakespearean multivalence, blending comedy and tragedy, “high” and “low”, giving rise to philosophical contemplations while at the same time affording entertainment replete with excitement and humour.
Running time: 3 hours 10 minutes
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, walk with your local guide to the National Theatre for the evening performance of Carmen.
Performance details: Carmen in the National Theatre
Start time: 19:00
The story of Carmen, a passionate Gipsy whose love can never be won for good and whose flighty life ends at the hand of a spurned lover, the soldier Don José, has captivated audiences worldwide for decades. Carmen is an opera abounding in sensuous and sultry melodies, which the stage director Jozef Bednárik has succeeded in shaping into a magnificent theatrical spectacle. The opera is staged in French original version Running time: 3 hours Musical preparation: Jiří Bělohlávek Conductor: Robert Jindra, Zbyněk Müller, Jakub Klecker Director: Jozef Bednárik Stage design: Vladimír Čáp Costumes: Ľudmila Várossová Chorus master: Pavel Vaněk Chorus master of the Kühn’s Children Choir: Jiří Chvála Dramaturgy:Jan Panenka
Today, you have the morning free in Prague for independent sightseeing. In the afternoon, meet your local guide for coach transfer to airport for return flight. Flight departs Prague at 17:05 and arrives Dublin 18:05.
Booking deposit is €250 pp. Balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure date. No credit card charge on deposit payments.
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