Mozart: His Life & Music - Salzburg, Vienna, Prague & Munich
Mozart: His Life & Music - Salzburg, Vienna, Prague & Munich
27 JANUARY–9 FEBRUARY 2020 (14 DAYS) | THREE PERFORMANCES AT MOZART WEEK, FIVE FURTHER OPERA & MUSIC PERFORMANCES & INSIGHTFUL TALKS
Enjoy a musical celebration of Wolfgang Amadeus with three concerts at Salzburg’s thrilling Mozart Week. Follow Mozart’s journey through Europe to the beautiful cities of Salzburg, Vienna, Prague and Munich and discover the genius of his music with Mozart specialist Stephen Cleobury. Attend five further performances at some of Europe’s finest opera houses and experience the beauty of Europe in winter.
Photo credits: Munich Opera House © Felix Loechner
Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,650
Final payment due: 25 November 2019
Three concerts in Salzburg’s Mozart Week, including:
- Austrian harpist Christina Pluhar and early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata performing works including Mozart’s Solemn Vespers for a Confessor with soprano Julia Lezhneva.
- Vienna Philharmoniker and conductor Lahav Shani performing Mozart’s Concerto in C major for flute, harp and orchestra, Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra and Symphony No. 40 in G minor.
- La Cetra Baroque Orchestra performing Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae and Mass in C minor.
Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the National Theatre, Munich, home of the Bavarian State Opera since 1818.
Two performances at the renowned Vienna State Opera.
Two performances in Prague at either the National Theatre or the Estates Theatre.
Background talks by our Tour Leader, Mozart-expert Stephen Cleobury, on the music we will hear, and on important aspects of Mozart’s life and music.
Private guided tours of Mozart’s Birthplace, of Mozart's Residence and of the Hohensalzburg Fortess in Salzburg.
Private tours in Schönbrunn Palace, and of the Picture Gallery at Vienna’s Kunst Historishes Museum.
A guided walking tour through Prague’s Old Town and a guided tour of spectacular Prague Castle.
Exclusive guided tours of Schloss Nymphenburg and of the Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich.
13 nights staying in 4-star and 5-star luxury hotels.
Travel in a small group (maximum 20 people), attend exclusive events, stay in luxurious hotels, travel by private coach and enjoy fine dining.
Stephen Cleobury has for thirty five years been associated with one of the world’s most famous choirs, that of King’s College, Cambridge. His work at King’s has brought him into fruitful relationships with many leading orchestras and soloists, among them the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Philharmonia, Britten Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and the distinguished ensemble, Endymion, and he has worked with many artists - singers and instrumentalists - of international repute. He complements and refreshes his work in Cambridge through the many other musical activities in which he engages.
Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg is conveniently located five minutes’ walk from the Mirabell Palace, with its lovely gardens, and less than 15 minutes’ walk from the picturesque, historic district of Old Salzburg. Dining options include a charming Austrian restaurant, an elegant international restaurant featuring a rooftop terrace and an American-style bar. The hotel’s facilities include a gym and a sauna.
This luxury hotel was created in 1863 to be the Viennese residence of the Prince of Württemberg. Its location on Vienna's famous Ringstraße, next to the Musikverein, Vienna, and less than 15 minutes’ walk from the Hofburg Palace makes it a perfect place from which to explore imperial Vienna. Haute cuisine is available at the OPUS Restaurant, and traditional Austrian cuisine is offered at the Café Imperial. The hotel also has a gym.
Located in the historical centre of Prague, this palatial, Art Nouveau-style hotel is just over a 5-minute walk from the city’s bustling, stimulating Old Town Square. French and traditional Czech cuisines are available in the Sarah Bernhardt Restaurant and the Café de Paris coffee house. There is a Wellness & Spa Centre, which offers Thai massages.
The Platzl Hotel is located in the heart of Munich, a block from the Hofbräuhaus, the famous 16th-century beer hall, and a 5-minute walk from Marienplatz, the city’s administrative and historical centre. The hotel has a Bavarian fine-dining restaurant, a quaint tavern with terrace seating, and a stylish lobby bar. Other amenities include an exercise room, a relaxation area, a steam room and a sauna.
Single supplement AUD$1,650
1ST OF 4 NIGHTS AT IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER SALZBURG
MUNICH TO SALZBURG:
We meet in the morning at our Munich hotel, the Platzl Hotel, and travel in luxury on our private coach from Munich to Salzburg. In January and February each year the City of Salzburg honours Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on his birthday with an internationally acclaimed concert series. The Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has hosted Mozart Week every year since 1956. It is a festival with a worldwide reputation, drawing the world’s best artists, and audiences who come to enjoy and be stimulated by Mozart’s music and by the wintry beauty of Salzburg. On arrival in Salzburg we check into the Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg. In the evening we gather over drinks and canapés to meet our Tour Leader, Stephen Cleobury, who will give an introduction to Mozart’s life and works.
2ND OF 4 NIGHTS AT IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER SALZBURG
This morning we have a talk on the music to be heard in the evening’s concert. We then have a private guided tour of Mozart’s birthplace, No. 9 Getreidegasse. The Mozart family occupied an apartment on the third floor for 26 years, from 1747 to 1773, and Mozart was born here on 27 January 1756. With parents Leopold and Anna Maria as well as sister Maria Anna, ‘Nannerl’, Mozart spent his childhood and much of his youth there. Today it is a museum where Mozart’s childhood violin, clavichord, family letters and documents, and a collection of portraits are among the many items on display.
The afternoon is free and you might like to explore the old town. Located between the Salzach River and the surrounding mountains, it is rich in buildings from medieval times to the 20th-century, including many examples of beautiful gothic and baroque architecture. This charming district has many warm shops crowded with Austrian specialties and many snug coffee shops where you can escape the cold and enjoy the ambiance of old Salzburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the evening we attend our first concert as part of Mozart Week, Salzburg’s sparkling celebration of Mozart’s birthday. The performance features Austrian harpist Christina Pluhar and early music ensemble L’Arpeggiata performing works including Mozart’s Solemn Vespers for a Confessor with soprano Julia Lezhneva at the Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal.
3RD OF 4 NIGHTS AT IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER SALZBURG
This morning we have a talk on the music to be heard in the evening’s concert. Then, well wrapped up in warm clothing, we visit Hohensalzburg Fortess, one of Europe’s best preserved and largest medieval castles. A private guided tour will help us to understand the history contained within the powerful walls of the fortress and will briefly connect the history of the Prince-Bishops who ruled Salzburg to Mozart’s early life as a musician who worked for them. From the fortress there are wonderful panoramic views of Salzburg and the surrounding mountains.
Our afternoon is free to explore Salzburg further, or to rest in preparation for the evening’s performance.
In the evening we attend a concert from the Mozart Week program. The performance features the Vienna Philharmoniker and conductor Lahav Shani performing Mozart’s Concerto in C major for flute, harp and orchestra, Concerto in B flat major for piano and orchestra and Symphony No. 40 in G minor with soloists from the Vienna Philharmoniker at the Großes Festspielhaus.
4TH OF 4 NIGHTS AT IMLAUER HOTEL PITTER SALZBURG
This morning we have a talk on the music we are to hear in the evening’s performance. We then visit Mozart’s Residence in Makartplatz, where we have a private tour. The Mozarts moved into their apartment on the first floor of this house in 1773, because the home on Getreidegasse, where Mozart was born, had become too small for the family, or to host social gatherings appropriately. The family lived at the house on Makartplatz until 1787. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lived there until he moved to Vienna in 1781. His mother had died in 1778 and his sister, Maria Anna, ‘Nannerl’, got married in 1784, moving to St. Gilgen. After that his father first lived alone in the apartment, and from 1785 with a grandson. The spacious eight-room apartment on the first floor is now a museum, which has on display, in addition to Mozart’s fortepiano, many original documents and portraits. The exhibition provides an array of interesting facts about the history of the house, Mozart’s Salzburg years and the life of the Mozart family.
After our visit to Mozart’s residence, we visit an elegant nearby restaurant for a gourmet lunch, at which specialties of Austrian cuisine will be offered.
In the evening we attend our final concert from the Mozart Week program. The performance features La Cetra Baroque Orchestra performing Mozart’s Litaniae Lauretanae and Mass in C minor at the Stiftung Mozarteum, Großer Saal.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL IMPERIAL, VIENNA
SALZBURG TO VIENNA:
This morning we travel to Vienna on our warm, private coach.
On arrival in Vienna we travel to Café Frauenhuber, to have lunch and to experience the famous Viennese coffee culture in Vienna’s oldest coffee house. Mozart enjoyed a period of great success in Vienna, as for example, in 1784, when his concert was sold out. However, people stopped coming to the concerts and Mozart resorted to performing in local cafes. This café is the only one that still exists from that time. Ludwig van Beethoven also performed in this cafe. Mozart’s last public performance was here on 4 March 1791. We can enjoy delicious traditional Viennese food here while reminiscing about Mozart.
Following lunch we travel to our luxurious hotel and settle in.
In the afternoon we have a talk with our expert Tour Leader about Mozart’s time in Vienna.
The evening is free.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL IMPERIAL, VIENNA
This morning we visit Schönbrunn Palace, where we enjoy a private guided tour of this magnificent 1,441-room Baroque palace, one of the most important architectural, cultural, and historical monuments in Austria. Schönbrunn Palace was built in 1642 as the summer residence of the powerful Habsburg dynasty. This baroque palace, with rooms decorated lavishly in the Rococo style, is now a UNESCO cultural heritage site. Included in the tour are some rooms where Mozart performed at various times: the Mirrors Room where Mozart presented his first concert at the age of six before Empress Maria Theresa, and the Palace Orangery where Mozart performed in 1786. After the tour some time will be allowed to explore our own particular interests, maybe taking a brisk walk in the gardens, or visiting the palace gift shop, or cafe.
The afternoon is free.
We meet in the early evening to hear a talk about the music we will hear this evening. We then attend a performance at the Vienna State Opera.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL IMPERIAL, VIENNA
This morning we have a talk on the music we will hear in the evening’s performance. We then visit the Picture Gallery at Vienna’s Kunst Historishes Museum. Developed from the art collections of the House of Habsburg, the collection includes 16th-century Venetian painting (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto), 17th-century Flemish painting (Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony Van Dyck), Early Netherlandish painting (Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden) and German Renaissance painting (Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach). Among the other highlights are pictures by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, as well as masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters. Our private guided tour will take us to some of the highlights of this extensive collection.
Our afternoon is free and you might like to visit Mozarthaus Vienna, where Mozart lived from 1784 to 1787. This is Mozart’s only surviving Viennese residence and it is now a museum, presenting information about the composer in combination with historical exhibits and audio-visual installations. It was in his imposing first floor apartment that Mozart wrote some of his greatest compositions, including one of his most popular operas, The Marriage of Figaro.
In the evening we attend a performance at the Vienna State Opera.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE
VIENNA TO PRAGUE:
This morning we travel in our private coach to Prague. After our journey we have a free afternoon in which to relax or do a little exploring. Our hotel is conveniently located near the Old Town and so there is much to see close by.
In the evening we enjoy a gourmet 3-course dinner at which specialties of Czech cuisine will be offered.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE
This morning we have a talk about this evening’s performance. We then have the option of going on a brisk guided walk through Prague’s Old Town, which gives us an introduction to historic Prague, and also includes sites relevant to Mozart on his visits to the city. Mozart only made a few brief visits to Prague but his every visit was and still is highly treasured by Prague residents, and every place where he ever stayed or performed is well-known and regularly visited. Our walk takes in the vibrant, picturesque Old Town Square which features various architectural styles including the Gothic Church of Our Lady before Týn, one of the town’s main churches since the 14th-century, and the Prague Orloj, a medieval astronomical clock first installed in 1410 at the Old Town Hall. Close by we see the house ‘At the Golden Angel’, which was once a popular coaching-inn and, later after expansion, a luxury hotel for rich and famous Prague visitors, including Mozart. We walk to the Estates Theatre, which is where Mozart’s opera, Don Giovanni, was premiered on October 29, 1791. In addition, as we walk back to the hotel we visit the Three Golden Lions house, where Mozart lived during his second stay in Prague.
This afternoon is free.
In the evening, we will attend a performance at either the National Theatre or the Estates Theatre.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT HOTEL PARIS PRAGUE
We begin today with a guided tour of spectacular Prague Castle, which sits in majesty on a hill looking over the surrounding city and the Vltava River. Some of our best photographs of the city will be taken from here. We need to wrap up warmly for our exploration of Prague Castle. We visit St. Vitus Cathedral, and we tour the old castle, Vladislav Hall and St. George’s Basilica. Following our visit, we are driven back to our hotel, on the way briefly visiting St Nicholas' Church, where Mozart is said to have played the organ, and where a requiem mass was held on December 14, 1791, as a tribute to Mozart and as a statement of the Czech nation's sorrow at his death.
In the late afternoon we will attend a talk on this evening’s performance. In the evening we attend a performance at either the National Theatre or the Estates Theatre.
1ST OF 3 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL, MUNICH
PRAGUE TO MUNICH:
This morning we travel in our luxurious, warm coach to Munich, where we settle into our hotel. The hotel is conveniently located close to the city centre and to the famous Munich beerhall, the Hofbräuhaus, so there are many opportunities near at hand for entertainment, shopping and meals in snug cafes, restaurants or beerhalls.
In the late afternoon we hear a talk on the topic of Mozart and his journeys throughout Europe and England and the effects of these on his music. We then share a gourmet meal together.
2ND OF 3 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL, MUNICH
Today we visit the summer residence of the Bavarian kings, Schloss Nymphenburg. It is a stunning building exhibiting both baroque and rococo styles and surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have a private guided tour of the Palace including the intriguing Gallery of Beauties, a series of portraits of beautiful women, not only ladies at the court, but women from all classes of society. Afterwards, time is allowed for a brisk walk in the palace gardens if you wish it. You might prefer to visit one of the cafes on site, or visit the gift shop. As with so many palaces and theatres throughout Europe there is a connection to Mozart. Leopold Mozart drove with his children to Schloss Nymphenburg in 1763, at the beginning of a three-year musical tour to Paris and London. The father and two children walked in the palace park and, when recognised, they were invited into the palace where an impromptu concert was arranged for the Elector Maximilian III Joseph of Bavaria. Leopold’s letters inform us that the two-hour performance featured mainly the boy Mozart, then seven years old, who “on his own took up most of the time improvising and then playing a concerto on the violin and at the keyboard…” Following our visit we enjoy a relaxed lunch together.
After our return to the hotel, the afternoon and the evening are free.
3RD OF 3 NIGHTS AT PLATZL HOTEL, MUNICH
This morning we will hear a talk on the music to be performed in the evening. We then have a guided tour of the Cuvilliés Theatre, built from 1751-1755 by Elector Max III Joseph. Many magnificent opera productions were created in the original theatre, including the premiere of Mozart's Idomeneo, in 1781. While the Munich Residence, which housed the Cuvilliés Theatre and which had been the seat of government and residence of the Bavarian rulers from 1508 to 1918, was destroyed in 1944, the painted wood carvings and other tier fittings from the theatre were removed and stored for safe-keeping outside Munich. By 1958 they had been reincorporated in another building, the Apothecary Block of the Munich Residence on the Fountain Courtyard. This European work of art, a jewel of Bavarian Rococo can thus be appreciated again in all its former splendor.
After the theatre tour you might like to visit other sections of the Munich Residence, which is open to the public as a museum. The building has been restored and much of the exquisite decoration of the rooms, furniture and paintings, tapestries, treasures and religious devotional items, are back in the place they occupied in the original building. You may prefer to explore the city further, or return to the hotel and rest in preparation for the evening’s performance.
In the evening we attend an opera in the National Theatre, home of the Bavarian State Opera since 1818.
Following our final buffet breakfast at the hotel, the tour concludes.
Please note: There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on the final confirmation of performances.
Deposit: AUD$600 per person
Single supplement: AUD$1,650
Final payment due: 25 November 2019
Performances: Premium tickets for the following performances - three performances in Salzburg’s Mozart Week, two performances at the Vienna State Opera, two performances in Prague at either the National Theatre or the Estates Theatre and an opera at the National Theatre in Munich.
Please note: The venues and festivals will announce their 2019-2020 seasons in late 2018 and early 2019. There may be some changes to the itinerary depending on final confirmation of evening performances.
Tour Leader and Talks: Tour leadership and background talks by Stephen Cleobury.
Hotels: 13 nights' accommodation including:
- Four nights at the 4-star Imlauer Hotel Pitter Salzburg;
- Three nights at the 5-star Hotel Imperial, Vienna;
- Three nights at the 5-star Hotel Paris Prague;
- Three nights at the 4-star Platzl Hotel, Munich;
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at each hotel.
Travel: Land travel by private air-conditioned coach.
Meals/Drinks: Full buffet breakfast each morning. Drinks and canapés on the first evening of the tour. Five lunches/dinners with wine, water and tea/coffee.
Entry Fees and Guided Tours: Entrance fees for museums, art galleries etc as stated in your itinerary. Expert local guides will be used at some sites.
Tips: Tips for drivers, local guides and meals included in your itinerary.
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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.
The tour will operate with 8 people. The maximum number on the tour will be 20 people.
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.
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