Adelaide Festival 2020

Join classical music broadcaster Mairi Nicolson for the 60th anniversary of the Adelaide Festival for performances by world-leading artists and ensembles.

The Festival’s hallmark production for 2020 is Mozart’s Requiem, in co-production with the Aix-en-Provence Festival, which will be directed by Romeo Castellucci.

To coincide with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, attend a unique tribute to the life of this legendary composer performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and directed by acclaimed composer Brett Dean.

Enjoy the final performance of the 150 Psalms series, featuring three international choirs, and attend an acclaimed theatre piece, The Doctor, starring the awarded British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, and a ballet performance, Trois Grandes Fugues, by the Lyon Opera Ballet.

Then, enjoy an intimate program of chamber music at UKARIA, the purpose-built concert hall nestled amongst the Adelaide Hills, with world-class soloists and ensembles.


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

Tour arrangements commence at 16:00 with a welcome briefing by your tour leader, Mairi Nicolson, followed by a light buffet dinner. Tonight, attend the final performance of the 150 Psalms series, featuring three international choirs – Netherlands Chamber Choir, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, The Tallis Scholars & The Song Company – performing psalms drawn from ancient Hebrew texts, each arranged by a different composer.

Note: For those who wish to begin their enjoyment of the Adelaide Festival early, there is the option to attend an evening performance by revered American pianist Garrick Ohlsson on Monday 02 March (not included in tour price; additional cost applies; please enquire with us for tickets and an extra night’s accommodation).


Begin the morning with a pre-performance talk by Mairi.

Then, enjoy a private guided visit of Government House. Completed in 1840, it is the oldest Government House in Australia, and features a ballroom with stained and painted glass windows, known as the ‘’Federation Windows’’, and other State Rooms where much of South Australia’s history has been decided over 175 years.

This evening attend a performance of the Adelaide Festival’s hallmark production of Mozart’s Requiem, a co-production with the Aix-en-Provence Festival and directed by Romeo Castellucci. This widely acclaimed production of Mozart’s final unfinished masterpiece features the original Aix-en-Provence cast of internationally renowned soloists including Sara Mingardo, Martin Mitterrutzner, Luca Tittoto and Australian Siobhan Stagg.


After a talk by Mairi in the morning, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. You may like to attend the final day of the Adelaide Writers’ Week (not included in tour arrangements). Alternatively, enjoy an optional visit with lunch to d’Arenberg Estate (see box opposite).

This evening attend a theatre piece entitled The Doctor starring the award-winning British stage and screen actress, Juliet Stevenson. This gripping production is adapted by director Robert Icke and centres on the ethical quandary accompanying the actions of an English doctor in a private hospital.


Begin this morning with a pre-performance talk by Mairi on this evening’s performance. Enjoy lunch and the afternoon at leisure to relax or explore one of Adelaide’s many cultural attractions.

This evening attend a performance of Trois Grandes Fugues by the Lyon Opera Ballet, a triple-bill featuring choreography by Luncinda Childs, Maguy Marin and Anne Teresa de Keersmacker, for six mixed couples who bring to life Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge composition in three distinct interpretations.


In the late-morning, transfer to the UKARIA Cultural Centre in the Adelaide Hills, a superb purpose-built concert hall specifically designed to host intimate chamber music performances. Enjoy lunch al fresco before a performance of works by Beethoven and English composer Michael Tippett, including Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1.

Return to Adelaide in the mid-afternoon.

This evening attend a performance of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra celebrating Beethoven’s life and legacy. The production showcases Beethoven’s most significant works and will be directed by acclaimed composer Brett Dean.


In the late morning return to the UKARIA Cultural Centre. After lunch, enjoy the second in a series of performances featuring compositions by Beethoven and Michael Tippett, including Tippett’s String Quartet No. 3 and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 9.

Later, delight in Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 1 in C Minor and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio, played by Anthony Marwood on violin, Stefan Cassomenos on piano and Timi-Veikko Valve on cello, set against the backdrop of the beautiful UKARIA gardens at twilight.

After the performance, enjoy a farewell dinner at UKARIA with Mairi and fellow tour members before returning to Adelaide.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.


Per person, twin-share from

AUD 4,450

Single supplement* from

AUD 950

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 750

Tour prices

The Playford Adelaide MGallery by Sofitel
Twin/Double AUD 4,450
Single Supplement* AUD 950

The Mayfair Hotel
Twin/Double AUD 4,750
Single Supplement* AUD 1,050

All prices are per person.

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

Room category upgrade available on request; please enquire with us.

Final payment due

20 December 2019

Optional tour to d’Arenberg Estate

AUD 275

This tour will operate with a minimum of 20 people. As numbers are limited, we suggest you reserve your place at the time of booking on the main tour.

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.


New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

Tour price includes

  • Six nights’ accommodation in a choice of two centrally-located superior hotels, The Playford and The Mayfair, with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with meals
  • Category 1 tickets for all performances included as per itinerary
  • Comfortable air-conditioned coach transportation throughout
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary including local guides and entrance fees
  • Lectures and talks with your tour leader, Mairi Nicolson
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and waiting staff
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers and arrival on departure
  • Airport porterage
  • Optional performance on Monday 02 March and optional tour on Thursday 05 March
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, minibar, taxis 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. Guest rooms come with high-speed broadband internet access, Foxtel and access to the hotel’s Health Club with indoor heated pool, spa and sauna.

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.

N.B. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.


Enjoy a day in the McLaren Vale at the d’Arenberg Estate for an exclusive tour of the winery and a tasting of their most well-known wines. After lunch at d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant, enjoy a guided tour of the d’Arenberg Cube, a Rubik’s Cube-inspired architectural creation designed to reflect the puzzles and complexities of winemaking.

d’Arenberg Cube, McLaren Vale © South Australia Tourism Commission

d’Arenberg Cube © d’Arenberg Pty Ltd photo Andre Castellucci

d’Arenberg Cube © d’Arenberg Pty Ltd photo Andre Castellucci