Berlin’s Museum Island is one of the most remarkable sites in the world. Located on a small island in the Spree River, it groups together an exceptional set of five museums built between 1824 and 1930. You could spend hours contemplating the Ishtar Gate and the Pergamon Altar at the Pergamon Museum. At the Neues Museum, the bust of Queen Nefertiti will mesmerise you with its mysterious smile. The impressive collection of the Alte Nationalgalerie showcases canvases by Caspar Friedrich, alongside other masterpieces of German Romanticism.
In the evening, we will immerse ourselves in the Gothic world of Tosca with Boleslaw Barlog’s legendary production at the Deutsche Oper. Taking the title role, the incandescent Nina Stemme will offer an exceptional performance. The next day at the Staatsoper, Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns will unfurl its Orientalist splendour, with Elīna Garanča in the unexpected production of Argentine filmmaker Damien Szifron, director of the hilarious Wild Tales (2014).
7:30 pm at the Deutsche Oper Berlin:
TOSCA, by G. Puccini
Orchestra and Choirs of the Deutschen Oper Berlin
Donald Runnicles : Conductor
Boleslaw Barlog : Director
Nina Stemme : Tosca
Fabio Sartori : Mario Cavaradossi
Ambrogio Maestri : Scarpia
Samuel Dale : Johnson Angelotti
Padraic Rowan : Sacristan
Andrew Dickinson : Spoletta
Patrick Guetti : Sciarrone
Byung Gil : Kim Turnkey
In Tosca, Nina Stemme does not subjugate us by the warmth of her voice and her velvety timbre alone, but also by her very accurate characterisation of the Roman diva. Above all, the Swedish soprano proves that it is often the greatest Wagnerians (since Stemme is one of the leading Isoldes of our time) who make the most brilliant Toscas. The legendary production by Boleslaw Barlog echoes Goya’s paintings and Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris. Fabio Sartori’s radiant Cavaradossi and Ambrogio Maestri’s Scarpi complete a magnificent cast.
6:00 pm at the Staatsoper:
SAMSON ET DALILA, by F. Lemaire
Orchestra of the Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim : Conductor
Damián Szifron : Director
Elīna Garanča : Dalila
Brandon Jovanovich : Samson
Michael Volle : The High Priest
Kwangchul Youn : Abimélech
Samuel Ramey : The Old Hebrew
Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns widely dominated French opera in the second half of the 19th century. We can count on the rich sounds of the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboïm to enchant the shimmering stage design. The production by Damian Szifron, a boisterous Argentine filmmaker who loves nothing more than to add a rebellious twist, is very promising, especially during the episode of the destruction of Dagon’s Temple in the final act. Taking the male roles, Brandon Jovanovich, Michael Volle and Samuel Ramey are superb interpreters of the French repertoire. As for Dalila, Elīna Garanča subjugates us with her oriental sensuality. Her mezzo-soprano tessitura exudes an alluring radiance saturated with sensuality, in particular during the magnificent aria, “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ton voix” (My heart opens to your voice).
Double room package: €870
Supplement for single room: €177
The price for this trip includes: double room accommodation with breakfast for two nights • tourist tax • first-category show tickets • dinner on 18 September • the on-site presence of a La Fugue representative • repatriation assistance
The price for this trip does not include: extras • transport • airport transfers
Transport and airport transfers upon request.