Adelaide Festival 2019

Join us in March for the 2019 Adelaide Festival for performances by world-leading artists and ensembles, including Barrie Kosky’s international opera sensation The Magic Flute.

Seen by over a quarter of a million people since its premiere at the Komische Oper Berlin in 2012, Kosky’s The Magic Flute has been performed at the opera houses of Europe, North America and China to critical success and acclaim.

The 2019 Festival program also includes Moscow’s haunting Sretensky Monastery Choir, the ballet Two Feet by Meryl Tankard, Swedish-Norwegian polyphonic vocal group Trio Mediæval, and concerts by acclaimed British cellist Natalie Clein and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Enjoy a concert by the Australian String Quartet exclusively for our group, as well as a private organ recital in Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, and visit Auchendarroch House in Mt Barker, furnished with works by the great English designer William Morris.

Arrive in Adelaide and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

At 16:00, join Mairi and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and a light early dinner.

Then, walk to the Adelaide Festival Theatre for the closing night’s performance of Barrie Kosky’s The Magic Flute, described as “a unique blend of German expressionism and British humour, of Weimar Republic cabaret and music hall, of animation and live performance”.


In the morning, enjoy a pre-performance talk by Mairi on the coming days’ performances.

Then travel to Mt Barker for a guided tour of historic Auchendarroch House. Originally constructed as the Oakfield Hotel in 1860, the building was expanded by wealthy Scottish immigrant Robert Barr Smith into a summer home for his family and renamed ‘Auchendarroch’ (derived from the Gaelic for ‘Field of Oaks’). As the Barr Smiths grew to become Australia’s wealthiest family in the late 19th century, the house was surrounded with beautiful gardens and adorned with exquisite wallpapers, fabrics and carpets by the firm of celebrated English design dynamo William Morris. Enjoy lunch at Auchendarroch House before returning to the hotel in the afternoon.

This evening, visit the Adelaide Town Hall for a concert by the Sretensky Monastery Choir. The choir, which dates back to the founding of its eponymous monastery in Moscow in 1397, was revived after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and its singers hail from the Sretensky Seminary as well as the Moscow Academy of Choral Art and the Moscow Conservatory. With a long tradition of Russian Orthodox choral music, the choir has in the past decade added to its repertoire traditional Russian, Ukrainian and Cossack folk songs, popular 19th century Russian ballads and even early 20th century waltz music, all sung in the choir’s haunting, echoic a cappella style.


In the morning, enjoy a pre-performance talk by Mairi on the coming days’ performances.

Then, travel to Seppeltsfield situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a guided tour of of one of Australia’s most renowned wineries, followed by lunch, followed by lunch.

Continue to the Barossa Regional Gallery, home to the restored Hill & Son Grand Organ originally installed in the Adelaide Town Hall in 1877. Take a tour of the inner workings of the organ, followed by a private recital.

In the evening, walk to the Dunstan Playhouse for a performance of Meryl Tankard’s ballet Two Feet. The Royal Ballet’s Natalia Osipova stars as ballerina Olga Spessivtseva, the finest classical ballerina of the 20th century, whose unending quest for perfection ultimately results in a nervous breakdown.


Today is a day at leisure to explore the capital of ‘The Festival State’ at your own pace. You may choose take the opportunity to attend events in the Adelaide Writers’ Week, one of the world’s foremost literary gatherings, which coincides with the Adelaide Festival.

This evening, in the atmospheric surroundings of St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, enjoy a performance by the Trio Mediæval, a Grammy Award-nominated Swedish-Norwegian vocal group specialising in polyphonic vocal works from the Middle Ages and traditional Nordic folk music. Tonight, they will be joined by versatile Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen, and will be performing works from their 2017 album Rímur.


This morning, attend an exclusive private concert by the Australian String Quartet, specially arranged for our tour.

Lunch and the afternoon are at leisure. In the evening, walk to the Adelaide Town Hall for a concert by cellist Natalie Clein. British-born Clein exploded onto the classical music scene in 1994 winning BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Eurovision Young Musicians’ Contest, and has gone on to establish herself as one of the world’s foremost cellists, performing both solo and with major international orchestras. Tonight, she performs with pianist Katya Apekisheva a program of works including Ernest Bloch’s From Jewish Life, Rebecca Clarke’s Viola Sonata (adapted for cello) and Ludwig van Beethoven’s radiant Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Major.


After a morning at leisure, enjoy a special farewell lunch with Mairi and fellow travellers at the restaurant in the city’s beautiful Botanic Gardens.

In the evening, walk to the Adelaide Town Hall for a final concert performance to conclude your week at the Adelaide Festival. Tonight, the superb Mahler Chamber Orchestra, comprising 45 world-leading musicians from 20 countries, will perform the final three symphonies of W. A. Mozart. Composed in a burst of creativity between June and August 1788, these are some of the finest works in the entire classical canon: the grand Symphony No. 39 in E-flat Major, the emotional, passionate Symphony No. 40 in G minor and the majestic, thunderous Symphony No. 41 in C Major Jupiter.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

For those who wish to extend their enjoyment of the Adelaide Festival, there is the option to attend a performance of the ballet Carmen by the Dresden Semperoper Ballett at 14:00 (not included in tour price, additional cost applies; please enquire with us).

If you are returning home today, make your own way to Adelaide Airport for suggested Qantas flights. Renaissance Tours can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour, and travel insurance (highly recommended).


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 4,350

Single supplement* from

AUD 950

Deposit, per person (at time of booking)

AUD 750

Tour prices

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

Final payment due

02 January 2019

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see Terms and Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Suggested airline

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in a choice of two centrally-located superior hotels, The Playford or The Mayfair, with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine
  • Category 1 tickets for all Festival performances included in itinerary
  • Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, classical music broadcaster Mairi Nicolson
  • Comprehensive sightseeing including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure
  • Airport and hotel porterage
  • Optional tours and performances
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

Your hotel options
The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel ****+
Situated in the heart of Adelaide’s arts and cultural precinct, the Playford Hotel’s boutique-style accommodation offers contemporary comforts coupled with a warm Art Nouveau feel. The Playford Rooms come with high-speed broadband internet access, Foxtel and access to the hotel’s Health Club with indoor heated pool, spa and sauna, open 24 hours for guest use.

The Mayfair Hotel *****
The Mayfair Hotel offers five star accommodation and contemporary dining in the heart of the city. A beautifully restored 19th century building, the chic, polished rooms feature Wi-Fi, rainfall showerheads and a complimentary range of L’Occitane skincare products. Hotel amenities include dry cleaning service, the stylish Mayflower Restaurant, and a rooftop cocktail lounge with terrace.

NB. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.