HESSIAN STATE THEATRE of WIESBADEN: WAGNER RING CYCLE
Situated on the Rhine less than twenty miles west of Frankfurt airport, Wiesbaden is the historic spa city and capital of the German State of Hesse and the setting for two complete Cycles of Wagner’s tetralogy as part of the Internationale Maifestspiele Wiesbaden next spring. We are extremely fortunate to have a very limited allocation of prime category (center stalls) seats for the first Cycle, starting with Das Rheingold on April 26 and finishing with Götterdämmerung on May 1.
The State Theatre was constructed on behalf of Kaiser Wilhelm II and inaugurated in 1894. With a capacity of just over 1,000 seats, it is the perfect intimate dimension for Wagner’s works. The new staging is by the Hessian State Theatre’s Artistic Director, Uwe Eric Laufenburg, a highly regarded artist who has been recently acclaimed for his direction of Bayreuth’s 2016 Parsifal and 2014/2015 Landestheater Linz Ring.
British conductor Alexander Joel will helm the Hessische Staatsorchester and lead a cast that includes Gerd Grochowski as Wotan, Andreas Schager as Siegfried and Evelyn Herlitzius as Brünnhilde. As this is being written, Joel is receiving most positive reviews for his conducting of Das Rheingold that is being premiered in November 2016.
We have selected Wiesbaden’s premier hotel, the five star Nassauer Hof, as the base for our group for the six-night stay and the hotel is just steps from the State Theatre. The program will be led by Ian Sale, Act 1 Tours’ Founding Partner and, in common with some other compact Ring Cycle tours (e.g. Bayreuth and Leipzig), the emphasis will be on the Wagner music while we will also make use of our time to visit two neighboring cities, Frankfurt and Darmstadt. There we will have guided visits to their own unique artistic centers of excellence and will experience opera performances of Rigoletto and Tannhäuser at two other highly regarded regional opera houses.
Artistic Cast (major roles):
Conductor Alexander Joel
Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg
Wotan/Wanderer Gerd Grochowski
Alberich Thomas de Vries
Fricka Margarete Joswig
Mime Matthäus Schmidlechner
Siegmund Richard Furman
Sieglinde Sabina Cvilak
Siegfried Andreas Schager
Brünnhilde Evelyn Herlitzius
Tuesday, April 25
Independent North American air departures for Frankfurt (FRA), or optional early arrival.
Wednesday, April 26
Independent arrivals at Frankfurt airport and transfer to the Nassauer Hof in Wiesbaden. The group gathers for a reception prior to walking over to the State Theatre for the 7:30pm start of Das Rheingold.
Thursday, April 27
A free day before the 5:00pm start of Die Walküre, finishing by 9:30pm and then post- performance dining together.
Friday, April 28
An excursion to nearby Frankfurt where we will explore the city center and then finish the afternoon with a curated tour at the renowned Städel Museum, focusing on the most important pieces of the large collection.
We then have dinner, before attending the 7:30pm performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto, featuring the exceptional American singers Quinn Kelsey in the title role and Brenda Rae as Gilda. Late evening return to Wiesbaden.
Saturday, April 29
Independent time and late lunch together. Siegfried at 5:00pm.
Sunday, April 30
Mid-morning departure for Darmstadt where we will be guided through the Mathildenhöhe and experience the wealth of Jugendstil architecture that still remains from the early 20th century when the city was a leading light in the burgeoning European Art Nouveau movement. We will also take the time to visit the exquisite Russian Chapel as part of our tour.
Lunch follows and then we head for the Staatstheater for the 4:00pm start of Wagner’s Tannhäuser, a new production by Amir Reza Koohestani and led by Will Humburg, the Staatstheater’s General Music Director. Return to Wiesbaden by approximately 10:30pm.
Monday, May 1
An independent morning and early afternoon. We lunch together and then, at 5:00pm we return to the State Theatre for Götterdämmerung, the finale to our week in Wiesbaden. Post-performance celebration back at our hotel.
Tuesday, May 2
Independent assisted transfers to Frankfurt airport or continuation.
- Six nights with Superior rooms at the 5-star Nassauer Hof
- Breakfast each day
- Prime center stalls seats for Ring Cycle operas
- Six lunches/dinners/receptions
- Excursion to Frankfurt with evening Rigoletto
- Excursion to Darmstadt with matinée of Tannhäuser
- Act 1 Tours’ Ian Sale throughout
$ 5,300 per person with double occupancy
$ 5,850 per person for single room occupancy
Additional Hotel Night:
- Superior room:
- $340 double occupancy
- $260 single occupancy
- Deluxe room:
- $400 double occupancy
- $320 single occupancy
- Deluxe room for 6 nights: Additional $360
$1,500 per person at registration ($1,000 non-refundable) with the balance by February 25, 2017.
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