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Intro | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


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Intro | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


WAGNER’S RING CYCLE IN SAN FRANCISCO - CYCLE TWO

18–25 JUNE 2018 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS & FOUR OPERA PERFORMANCES

Join Wagner expert Professor Heath Lees on our exclusive tour to Francesca Zambello’s production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco. Experience one of the most monumental works of art ever created, charting an epic course from the birth of nature to the fall of the gods and the dawn of a new age.

$9480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1170

First payment of $1200 due: 1 July 2017
Final payment due: 16 April 2018

PLACES AVAILABLE

tour leader

PROFESSOR HEATH LEES

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Overview | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Overview

Overview | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Overview

OVERVIEW

  • Premium seats to Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera.

  • Four exclusive private talks by Professor Heath Lees entitled “Opening Up The Ring”. The talks will take place in the comfort of our hotel.

  • A private panel discussion on the San Francisco Ring Cycle with Professor Heath Lees (Tour Leader, Wagner Expert), Kip Cranna (Dramaturg, San Francisco Opera) and a third panelist, who will be a member of the opera’s creative or production team.

  • 7 nights’ accommodation at the luxurious Omni San Francisco Hotel, with breakfast daily.

  • A sumptuous welcome dinner with an introduction by Professor Heath Lees and gourmet dinners during the intervals of Die WalküreSiegfried and Götterdämmerung.

  • Private guided sightseeing tours, including a tour of the Opera House, a tour of some of the masterpieces in the fabulous collection in the Legion of Honor Museum, and a tour of the Sonoma wine growing district which will include a delicious lunch.

  • Travel in a small group. A maximum of 20 people will be confirmed on this special tour.

tour leader

Half Scottish, half Kiwi, Heath Lees, MA, B Mus, PhD, FTCL, moved to New Zealand in 1978, and was for many years Professor of Music at the University of Auckland. In 1994 he founded the Wagner Society of New Zealand, where he and his wife Liz served as president and secretary respectively, for 15 years.

Heath is a world-recognised figure in Wagner circles. His recent DVD series “Wagner’s Ring - a Tale Told in Music” has sold many thousands of copies worldwide. In 2015 he made a lecture tour of the USA and Canada, and is a frequent visitor to Bayreuth. He has twice been the invited presenter for the Melbourne Ring introductions, and is in demand as a speaker for arts and music groups in New Zealand, Australia, France, and the UK. 

When in New Zealand, Heath broadcasts for Radio New Zealand Concert;  over the years he has chalked up some 400 programmes. Lately he has contributed articles and reviews for Barry Millington’s UK Wagner Journal.  

hotel

The Omni San Francisco Hotel provides luxury accommodation in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This building with its Florentine Renaissance architecture was built as a bank in 1926 and the lobby still reflects that ambiance with its Italian marble, rich fabrics and Austrian crystal chandeliers. The staff are outstanding, being knowledgeable, friendly and very attentive. The hotel's restaurant, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, serves delicious food, and there are also many good restaurants within easy walking distance. The recently renovated 1,500-square-foot fitness centre is open 24 hours a day and it is complimentary for all hotel guests. The hotel is conveniently located right on the cable car line and is only a short walk to Union Square, the San Francisco neighbourhood that has become a mecca for high-end shopping and art galleries.

18–25 JUNE 2018

$9480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1170

First payment of $1200 due: 1 July 2017
Final payment due: 16 April 2018

PLACES AVAILABLE

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Itinerary | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Itinerary

Itinerary | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | MONDAY 18 JUNE 2018

1ST OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

Guests arrive at our hotel, the luxurious Omni San Francisco located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. This building with its Florentine Renaissance architecture was built as a bank in 1926 and the lobby still reflects that ambiance with its Italian marble, rich fabrics and Austrian crystal chandeliers. The staff are outstanding, being knowledgeable, friendly and very attentive. The hotel's restaurant, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, serves delicious food, and there are also many good restaurants within easy walking distance. A delicious breakfast is served each morning. 

In the evening we attend a three-course welcome dinner. We meet our Tour Leader, Wagner expert Professor Heath Lees who will give an introduction to the tour.

DAY 2 | TUESDAY 19 JUNE 2018

2ND OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our first informative talk with Professor Heath Lees entitled “Opening Up The Ring”. The talk will take place in a private room at our hotel and will focus on this evening’s performance of Das Rheingold.

Our afternoon is free, either to rest before our first opera, or to do a little exploration of the city, possibly catching a cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf.

In the evening we travel by private coach to the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, and home to the San Francisco Opera since its opening night in 1932. 

At 7:30pm we attend Das Rheingold.

DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY 20 JUNE 2018

3RD OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our talk with Professor Heath Lees, which focuses on tonight’s opera, Die Walküre.

Our afternoon is free, either to rest or to do more exploration of the city. You might consider visiting Golden Gate Park with its beautiful Japanese Tea Gardens, and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. 

In the evening we travel by private coach to the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. At 7:00pm we attend Die Walküre and have dinner together during the long interval.

DAY 4 | THURSDAY 21 JUNE 2018

4TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

In the morning we have the wonderful opportunity of attending a discussion on the San Francisco Ring Cycle by a panel of experts gathered together exclusively for guests of Hayllar Music Tours. The panel will be composed of three experts on this opera; Professor Heath Lees (Tour Leader, Wagner Expert), Kip Cranna (Dramaturg, San Francisco Opera) and a third panelist, who will be a member of the opera’s creative or production team.

This afternoon we will have a private tour to see some of the masterpieces at the Legion of Honor Museum, an impressive neoclassical building, containing one of San Francisco’s most prominent art collections. There is a representative collection of European art, the largest portion of which is French. Its most distinguished collection is of sculpture by Auguste Rodin, however, there are individual works by many other artists, including François Boucher, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, David, El Greco, Giambattista Pittoni, Rubens, and many of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists - Degas, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Seurat, Cézanne and others. There are also representative works by key 20th century figures such as Braque and Picasso, and works of contemporary artists like Gottfried Helnwein and Robert Crumb. The museum also houses an impressive collection of Ancient art from throughout the Mediterranean and the Near East. Set on a headland of the Bay, the Museum also offers some truly amazing views of Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge. We will travel to and from the museum in the comfort of a private coach.

Our evening is free.

DAY 5 | FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2018

5TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our talk with Professor Heath Lees, which focuses on tonight’s opera, Siegfried.

Our afternoon is free, either to rest or to do more exploration of the city. It might be fun to visit Union Square sometimes described as the crown jewel of San Francisco’s shopping districts.

In the evening we travel by private coach to the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center and at 6:30pm we attend Siegfried.  We will have dinner together during the long interval.

DAY 6 | SATURDAY 23 JUNE 2018

6TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we go on a guided tour of the San Francisco Opera House.

After our Opera House tour we will set out on a delightful, scenic afternoon tour, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge and travelling through rolling Californian hills and green valleys to the town of Sonoma and the world famous Carneros wine region. We have lunch and then enjoy the vineyard scenery as we travel to some wineries for wine tastings. After we have sipped and savoured we can relax after our busy day while we are returned to our hotel in the comfort of our private coach. 

Our evening is free.

DAY 7 | SUNDAY 24 JUNE 2018

7TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our final talk with Professor Heath Lees, which focuses on the afternoon’s performance of Götterdämmerung.

The performance of Götterdämmerung is at 1:00pm. Dinner will be served during a long interval in the performance.

DAY 8 | MONDAY 25 JUNE 2018

Following our final breakfast at the hotel, the tour ends.

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Inclusions | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Inclusions

Inclusions | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Two


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

18–25 JUNE 2018

$9480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit $600 per person
Single supplement: $1170

First payment of $1200 due: 1 July 2017
Final payment due: 16 April 2018

INCLUSIONS:

  • Performances: Premium category seats for all four performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at San Francisco Opera. 

  • Tour Leader and Talks:
    − Four exclusive private talks by Professor Heath Lees entitled “Opening Up The Ring”. The talks will take place in the comfort of our hotel.
    − A private panel discussion on the San Francisco Ring Cycle with Professor Heath Lees (Tour Leader, Wagner Expert), Kip Cranna (Dramaturg, San Francisco Opera) and a third panelist, who will be a member of the opera’s creative or production team.

  • Hotel: 7 nights' accommodation at the luxurious four-star Omni San Francisco Hotel. Porterage of one piece of luggage at the hotel.

  • Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.

  • Meals/Drinks: Breakfast each morning. One lunch and four gourmet dinners. Wine with lunch and dinners. 

  • Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides at some sites. 

  • Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and for meals included in your itinerary.

  • Information Pack: Comprehensive pre-tour information pack.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • International/Domestic Travel: Hayllar Music Tours can provide you with a quote. Phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com

  • Airport Transfers: Transfers to/from the airport and the hotel at the beginning and end of the tour. These can be arranged at an additional cost. 

  • Special Taxes: Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will endeavour to advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart.

  • Visas: Costs associated with obtaining visas for countries visited on your tour. Please note that Australian and New Zealand passport holders are eligible for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). VWP travellers are required to apply for authorisation through the Electronics System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA), are screened at the port of entry into the United States and are enrolled in the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT program. 

  • Travel Insurance: Please note that you are required to have comprehensive travel insurance to cover you for the duration of your tour. Hayllar Music Tours can organise your travel insurance for you. Please contact us at phone +61 (0) 2 8091 2545 or email contact@hayllarmusictours.com 

  • Meals: Lunches and dinners not nominated in your itinerary.

  • Personal Expenses: Personal expenses such as laundry, phone calls and mini-bar.

  • Activities in Free Time: Costs associated with any activities suggested for you in your free time.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.

FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED - LEVEL 1

All members of the group must feel comfortable walking for 1–2 hours, standing for long periods of time in museums, art galleries etc and embarking/disembarking coaches.

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

Please note that booking terms and conditions apply. Click here for the booking terms and conditions.

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18–25 JUNE 2018 | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS & FOUR OPERA PERFORMANCES

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