Verdi’s Requiem and Wagner’s Parsifal
Treat yourself to a star-studded weekend of opera and music at the Sydney Opera House! Experience the sweeping majesty, vocal power and emotional depth of these two great masterpieces by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, two of the 19th century’s greatest composers.
To realise these two concert performances in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Opera Australia has brought together a stunning international line-up of artists including Milijana Nikolic, Diego Torre and Roberto Scandiuzzi (Requiem) and Jonas Kaufmann, Jacqueline Dark, Michael Honeyman, Warwick Fyfe and Kwangchul Youn (Parsifal) with the Opera Australian Chorus and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted respectively by Renato Palumbo and Pinchas Steinberg.
Arrive in Sydney and check-in to the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel. Tour arrangements begin at 4.30 pm with a welcome briefing and pre-concert dinner, followed by a performance of Verdi’s Requiem in the Concert hall of the Sydney Opera House (7.30 pm). Alternatively expressing sorrow, desire, anger and fear – Verdi’s Requiem is a thrilling journey of intense human emotion, as dramatic as any opera.
The performance stars the Opera Australia Chorus and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra conducted by Renato Palumbo with an international cast of Verdi specialists including Milijana Nikolic (mezzo-soprano), Diego Torre (tenor) and Roberto Scandiuzzi (bass).
Today, journey north of the Harbour for a full day tour to three historically important places on Sydney’s North Shore, each resonating in its own way with the settings for the three Acts of Wagner’s Parsifal.
Begin with a visit to ‘Eryldene’ in Gordon, designed by visionary architect William Hardy Wilson for Prof. E. G. Waterhouse who created its internationally acclaimed camellia garden – a setting evocative of Klingsor’s magic garden.
Continue to St Patrick’s Estate in Manly, a complex of grand Victorian buildings in the Gothic style built in 1889 as the first National Catholic Seminary in Australia. Today the site is occupied by the International College of Management, whose hospitality students will prepare and serve a special lunch in the Dining Hall.
In the afternoon, experience the tranquillity and beauty of the Sydney Harbour National Park, North Head, with its panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. Within the National park, tour the former Quarantine Station, renowned for its important place in Australian history.
After breakfast, join Peter for an introduction to Wagner’s Parsifal, followed by a morning at leisure.
This afternoon, attend a matinee performance (2.00 pm) of Wagner’s Parsifal in the Concert Hall of the Opera House. Conducted by Pinchas Steinberg, the performance will star Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Jacqueline Dark (Kundry), Michael Honeyman (Amfortas), Warwick Fyfe (Klingsor), Kwangchul Youn (Gurnemanz) and David Parkin (Titurel) with the Opera Australia Chorus and Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra.
Following the performance enjoy a special farewell dinner.
Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast; departures from Sydney.
*All prices are per person, in AUD.
*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.
Four Seasons Hotel – Deluxe City View
Twin / Double AUD 1,950
Single Supplement* AUD 460
Four Seasons Hotel – Deluxe City/Harbour View
Twin / Double AUD 2,010
Single Supplement* AUD 530
Four Seasons Hotel – Deluxe Full Harbour View
Twin / Double AUD 2,090
Single Supplement* AUD 600
Supplement for Premium–reserve tickets
AUD 90 per person
Final payment due
26 June 2017
Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.
Tour price includes
- Three nights’ accommodation at the Four Seasons Sydney Hotel with breakfast daily (B)
- Dinners (D) and Lunch (L) as per itinerary, incl. wines
- A-reserve tickets to the concerts (supplement AUD90 for Premium-reserve)
- Pre-performance talks by Peter Bassett
- Full day tour to Eryldene, St Patrick’s Estate, North Head and the Quarantine Station
Tour price does not include
- Flights to/from Sydney
- Transfers on arrival and departure
- Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, minibar etc.)
- Travel insurance (recommended)
Four Seasons Hotel *****
Superbly situated in the historic Rocks district overlooking Sydney Harbour and a short walk from the Sydney Opera House, the hotel features 531 rooms decorated in a contemporary grand-luxe style, with rich silks, sophisticated marbles and exotic Honduran mahogany.
Hotel facilities include ‘The Woods’ restaurant and ‘Grain’ bar, both opened in 2012, the poolside Cabana, 24-hour in-room dining, a fitness centre, pool and a luxurious spa.