Wagner and Beyond

In the lead up to the orchestra’s 90th birthday in 2018, in 2017 West Australian Symphony Orchestra embarks on a two-year journey of discovery of the music of Richard Wagner, the composers Wagner influenced and those who inspired him.

Under the title ‘Wagner and Beyond’ and under the baton of Asher Fisch, Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser, the journey begins in 2017 with two concerts featuring the music of Marschner, Schumann, Liszt Bruckner, Chabrier, R. Strauss and Wagner – including major orchestral excerpts from Der Ring des Nibelugen.

Between the concerts, explore Perth’s vibrant art scene, public and private, and see the magnificent WA wildflowers at their peak in and around Perth.

NB. The journey continues in 2018 with two concert performances of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. Details available August 2017.


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Arrive in Perth and check-in to the Duxton Hotel, perfectly located on St Georges terrace adjoining the Perth Concert Hall.

Tour arrangements begin at 5.00 pm with a welcome briefing and pre-concert talk by Alan Dodge, followed by a pre-concert dinner.

This evening (7.30 pm) attend the first of your two ‘Wagner and Beyond’ concerts by West Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Asher Fisch, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor.

MARSCHNER – The Vampire: Overture
SCHUMANN – Scenes from Goethe’s Faust: Overture
LISZT – Mazeppa (Symphonic Poem No.6)
WAGNER – Das Rheingold: Entrance of the Gods
WAGNER – Siegfried: Forest Murmurs
WAGNER – Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey
WAGNER – Götterdämmerung: Siegfried’s Funeral
WAGNER – Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries


Depart the hotel for a full day of art, gardens and wildflowers.

Begin with a visit to one of Australia’s major private art collections, followed by a visit to Kings Park and Botanic Garden, home to the spectacular Kings Park Festival held all September with dazzling spring displays of WA wildflowers.

After lunch, continue to the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Founded in 1895, AGWA occupies a precinct of three heritage buildings on the south-eastern corner of the Perth Cultural Centre. The Gallery houses the State Art Collection, which includes one of the world’s finest collections of Indigenous art, the pre-eminent collection of Western Australian art and design, as well as Australian and International art and design.


Depart Perth for a day trip to the Avon and Swan River Valleys. Begin with a visit to York, the first inland settlement in Western Australia, which has maintained its many Victorian and Federation buildings. On the way expect to see masses of wildflowers in the Avon Valley.

Continue to Houghton Winery, located at the entrance to the Swan Valley. Houghton Winery has been producing award-winning Western Australian wines for over 175 years. The picturesque property is steeped in history featuring buildings constructed from handmade local bricks, magnificent, spacious gardens, 100 year old Norfolk pines and a breathtaking Jacaranda grove.

Return to the centre of Perth via the Swan River on board a Captain Cook Cruises boat, arriving back at the new Elizabeth Quay at sunset.


Enjoy a day at leisure to further explore Perth on your own. You may wish to take the ferry to Fremantle for the famous Saturday markets.

This evening join Alan for a pre-concert talk and dinner before your second ‘Wagner and Beyond’ concert featuring West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Asher Fisch with Shane Lowrencev (bass-baritone).

Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod
WAGNER – Die Walküre: Wotan’s Farewell
WAGNER – Parsifal: Good Friday Spell
WAGNER  Die Meistersinger: Wahn! Wahn!
BRUCKNER  Symphony No. 7 (second movement)
CHABRIER – Gwendoline: Overture
R. STRAUSS  Don Juan


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 1,850

Single supplement* from

AUD 500

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 500

*All prices are per person, in AUD.

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Tour prices

Classic Rooms
Per person, twin-share  AUD 1,850
Singe supplement*  AUD 500

River View Rooms
Per person, twin-share  AUD 1,950
Singe supplement*  AUD 600

Final payment due

24 July 2017

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.

Tour price includes

  • Four nights’ accommodation at the Duxton Hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Two dinners (D) as per itinerary, incl. wines
  • Full day tour to a private art collection, Kings Park and Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery of WA
  • Full day tour to the Avon and Swan Valleys, including York, lunch at Houghton Winery and a Swan River cruise
  • Premium-reserve tickets to two WASO concerts
  • Pre-performance talks

Tour price does not include

  • Flights to/from Perth
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)


Your hotel

Duxton Hotel****+
Situated in Perth’s city centre, the Duxton Hotel Perth is next to the Perth Concert Hall, with the Swan River a 5-minute walk away. Dining options include the ‘Firewater Grille’ restaurant, serving modern international cuisine and wines from Western Australia, as well as a bar. Leisure facilities include a fully equipped fitness centre with sauna and steam room, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.


NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.