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Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Three | Hayllar Music Tours


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Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Three


WAGNER’S RING CYCLE IN SAN FRANCISCO - CYCLE Three

25 JUNE–2 JULY 2018 (8 DAYS) | EXCLUSIVE EVENTS & FOUR OPERA PERFORMANCES

Join Wagner expert Speight Jenkins 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.

AUD$9,480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,170

Final payment due: 16 April 2018

Booking Closed

Tour Leader Speight Jenkins

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Speight Jenkins

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


Overview

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


Overview

OVERVIEW

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

    Conductor - Donald Runnicles
    Brünnhilde - Evelyn Herlitzius
    Wotan - Greer Grimsley
    Siegfried - Daniel Brenna
    Sieglinde - Karita Mattila
    Siegmund / Froh - Brandon Jovanovich
    Loge - Stefan Margita
    Alberich - Falk Struckmann
    Hagen / Fasolt - Andrea Silvestrelli
    Fricka / Waltraute - Jamie Barton
    Mime - David Cangelosi
    Hunding / Fafner - Raymond Aceto
    Gunther / Donner - Brian Mulligan
    Erda / 1st Norn - Ronnita Miller
    Gutrune - Melissa Citro
    Woglinde / Forest Bird - Stacey Tappan
    Wellgunde - Lauren McNeese
    Flosshilde - Renée Tatum

  • Four exclusive private talks by Tour Leader Speight Jenkins on each of the four operas. The talks will take place in the comfort of our hotel.

  • A private panel discussion on the San Francisco Ring Cycle with Tour Leader Speight JenkinsKip 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 Tour Leader Speight Jenkins and gourmet dinnersduring 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 districtwhich will include a delicious lunch.

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

TOUR LEADER

SPEIGHT JENKINS

Speight Jenkins was General Director of Seattle Opera from 1983 to 2014. Recognised nationally as a leading authority on opera, a politically active arts advocate, and a beloved civic figure in Seattle, Jenkins was among the most influential and accomplished general directors in the United States. His passion for opera and deep knowledge of the art form influenced Seattle Opera’s many innovative productions, substantial publications, comprehensive education programs and services, and helped build the great audience for opera in Seattle. Jenkins strengthened and extended Seattle Opera’s reputation as a Wagner centre by producing all ten of Wagner’s major operas, including two very different Ring productions.

Because of his passion for the arts and energetic leadership style, the National Endowment for the Arts recognised Jenkins as a recipient of the 2011 NEA Opera Honors. The Seattle Times has named Jenkins one of the 150 most influential people who have shaped the character of Seattle and King County, and Opera News cited Jenkins as one of the 25 “most powerful” names in American opera. In 2008/09, as Jenkins celebrated his 25th Anniversary season at Seattle Opera, he received a Mayor’s Arts Award. For more than three decades, Jenkins was an annual guest on the Metropolitan Opera Quiz. For decades, his voice regularly introduced listeners to opera on 98.1 Classical KING FM, and his CD-lectures on Wagner’s Ring have become a mainstay in opera libraries.

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.

25 JUNE–2 JULY 2018 (8 DAYS)

AUD$9,480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,170

Final payment due: 16 April 2018

Booking Closed

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


Itinerary

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


Itinerary

ITINERARY

DAY 1 | MONDAY 25 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 Speight Jenkins who will give an introduction to the tour.

DAY 2 | TUESDAY 26 JUNE 2018

2ND OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our first informative talk with Speight Jenkins. 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 27 JUNE 2018

3RD OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our talk with Speight Jenkins, which focuses on tonight’s opera, Die Walküre.

Following the talk we travel by private coach to the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center where we go on a guided tour of the San Francisco Opera House. Following the backstage tour we travel back to the hotel by private coach.

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 early evening we travel by private coach to the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center where we enjoy a pre-performance dinner. At 7:00pm we attend Die Walküre.

DAY 4 | THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018

4TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning 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 5 | FRIDAY 29 JUNE 2018

5TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

This morning we meet for our talk with Speight Jenkins, 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 for a pre-performance dinner together, and at 6:30pm we attend Siegfried.

DAY 6 | SATURDAY 30 JUNE 2018

6TH 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; Speight Jenkins (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 7 | SUNDAY 1 JULY 2018

7TH OF 7 NIGHTS AT THE OMNI SAN FRANCISCO HOTEL

SAN FRANCISCO:

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

The performance of Götterdämmerung is at 1:00pm. After the performance we will enjoy a farewell dinner.

DAY 8 | MONDAY 2 JULY 2018

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

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


Inclusions

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


Inclusions

INCLUSIONS

25 JUNE–2 JULY 2018 (8 DAYS)

AUD$9,480 PER PERSON TWIN SHARE

Deposit AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,170

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 Speight Jenkins on each of the four operas. The talks will take place in the comfort of our hotel.
    − A private panel discussion on the San Francisco Ring Cycle with Speight Jenkins (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. Five lunches/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 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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Booking | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Three


Booking

Booking | Wagner’s Ring Cycle in San Francisco - Cycle Three


Booking

WAGNER’S RING CYCLE IN SAN FRANCISCO - CYCLE THREE

Booking for this tour is now closed. You might be interested in joining our Wagner's Ring Cycle in New York tour in 2019 instead.