Enjoy an outstanding music week in Poland with best opera performances in the leading operat houses in Poznan, Wroclaw, Krakow and Warsaw.
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Poznan Opera House -the building is a part of complex of parks and monumental structure built on an area that becameavailable with the demolition of 19th fortification, was built in 1910 by the city's German authorities to a design of Municharchitect Max Littmann. It is one of ten Opera Houses currently operating in Poland. The buildings neoclassical facade iscrowned with Pegasus, the winged horse, which has become the symbol of the Poznań Opera.
Wroclaw Opera House -since 1997 recognized as one of the most impressive opera stages in Poland. The Wrocław Operauses unconventional forms and places for its shows, like Tosca on the open air, with acts scattered from the St. MariaMagdalene Cathedral and Leopoldinum to Partisans' Hill, cameral shows in Leopoldinum and the National Museum.Krakow Chamber Opera -located in Krakow's Kazimierz in a beautiful historic building along Miodowa Street. The activityof the theatre includes cultural and artistic enterprises, assembling various arts, in order to maintain cultural inheritance andidentity. It was a reason of creating Academy of Tradition, presenting musical performances, inspired by Polish tradition andcustom.
National Opera House -Opera was brought to Poland only twenty years after it first appeared in Florence by Royal PrinceLadislaus IV Vasa. In 1628 he invited to Warsaw the first Italian opera troupe and as soon as he ascended the Polish throne in1632, had a theatre hall built in his castle, where regular opera performances were produced by an Italian company directedby Marco Scacchi. For over 170 years the Teatr Wielki (Grand Theatre), called today the Teatr Wielki -National Opera, hasbeen Poland’s grandest opera and ballet institution. Its building was erected in 1825-1833 to designs by the Italian architectAntonio Corazzi of Livorno for the companies of national opera, ballet and drama active at the time in Warsaw.The National Opera House celebrates 175 anniversary of the National Opera House in Warsaw and this is a greatopportunity to visit Poland and enjoy a spectacular opera performance.
Wednesday WARSAW (D)Half day tour of Warsaw starting with the Castle Square where you can see the first nonecclesiastic statue in Warsaw KingSigismund’s Column and the originally Gothic castle dated to the 15th century expanded throughout the centuries whichwas the seat of kings of Poland. It was where the Third Of May Constitution was promulgated in 1791, the one in theworld after American. Walk through the Old Town with its charming Market Square, New Town and the Monument ofWarsaw Uprising. Continue your sightseeing IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FREDERIC CHOPIN: Holy Cross Church whereChopin’s heart is placed, Chopin Drawing Room, Ostrogski Castle (outside only – property under renovation). Visit toProtestant Church of the Holy Trinity, Church of Nuns of the Visitation where Chopin used to play as a young boy and stopby the Lazienki Royal Park where you will see the famous Chopin’s Monument beautifully surrounded by bushes of roses.
7:00 pm – Private 2-part Chopin Piano Concert:Program to include:FREDERIC CHOPIN’ s world famous compositions peformed by one of the leading Polish pianists. Aglass of sparkling wine will be served during the intervalWelcome dinner at of the local restaurants in the Old Town.
Thursday WARSAW – POZNAN (D, L)Morning departure. Upon arrival lunch at a local restaurant and orientation walk though the city of Poznan – the legendarycradle of Poland. See the Poznan Old Town with the Renaissance Town Hall, where at noon two mechanical billy goatsclash horns. The façade of the house surrounding the squre, once the homes of the wealthiest residents, featureRenaissance and Baroque motifs. Nearby is the Museum of Musical Instruments, with exhibits from all over the world.Evening transfer for your opera performance.
7.00 p.m. – Poznan Oper HouseProgram to include:• OTELLO by Giuseppe Verdi
Friday POZNANWROCLAW (D)Morning drive to Wrocalw. Orientation walk along the Wroclaw, one of the oldest cities in Poland, a capital of Lower Silesiabeautifully located along the Odra River. A city once described as “the holy blossom of Europe, a beautiful gem amongcities” which lately became a cultural center for the whole of southwestern Poland. Today, Wroclaw with its beautifulhistorical buildings in the Market Square and the Town Hall are recognised as a gem of GothicRenaissance urbanarchitecture. Welcome dinner at one of the local restaurants located in the Old Town.
7.00 p.m. – Wroclaw Opera HouseProgram to include:• DIE ZAUBERFLOTE by W.A. Mozart
Saturday WROCLAW (B, L)Half day tour of Wroclaw, a city full of magical places, a living off trade with number of squares and historical buildings.See the Town Hall located in the heart of the Market Square – one of the most beautiful old city halls in Poland with itscharacteristic 66 meterhight tower, ceramic gable, lovely portal and sculptures. Walk through the Old Town where you willsee many tenementhouses, churches with the famous St. Mary Magdalene’s Church and St. Elizabeth’s Church. Visit themonumental university building with the magnificent Aula Leopoldinum – one of the best Baroque interiors in the city.Lunch at the Piwnica Swidnica restaurant beautifully located in the Wroclaw Town Hall at the Market Square.
See the magnificent Aula Leopoldinum and the UNESCO site Centennial Hall (Hala Ludowa).The Centennial Hall (Jahrhunderthalle in German and Hala Ludowa in Polish), a landmark in the history ofreinforced concrete architecture, was erected in 19111913 by Max Berg, at the time municipal architect in Breslau,as the Polish city of Wrocław was called at the time, when it was part of Germany. The Centennial Hall, a multipurposerecreational building, is a centrallyplanned structure situated on the Exhibition Grounds. The CentennialHall is a pioneering work of modern engineering and architecture, which exhibits an important interchange ofinfluences in the early 20th century, becoming a key reference in the later development of reinforced concretestructures. Included on the UNESCO list in 2006.
7.00 p.m. – Wroclaw Opera HouseProgram to include:RIGOLETTO by Giuseppe Verdi
Sunday WROCLAWKRAKOW (B, L)A morning departure for Krakow. Lunch at one of the local restaurants located in the Old Town.Orientation tour of Krakow, the former capital of Poland situated at the foot of the Royal Wawel Castle. The 13thcenturymerchants' town has Europe's largest market square and numerous historical houses, palaces and churches with theirmagnificent interiors. Walk through the Old Town listed on UNESCO list with the Main Market Square with magnificenthouses and palaces. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall built before 1349, but altered in the 16th century. Insideare many shopping stalls and on the first floor is the National Museum which has a collection of Polish sculptures andpaintings from the 18th to the 20th century. Also in the square is the magnificent extensive Gothic Church of Our Ladywith the famous wooden altar created by Wit Stwosz.
7.00 p.m. – Krakow Opera HouseProgram to include:TRAVIATA by Giuseppe Verdi
Monday KRAKOW (B, D)A morning city tour including Wawel Royal Castle the residence of Polish kings and the Royal Cathedral the coronationchurch. See the magnificent chambers of the Royal Castle and admire the tapestry collection of king Sigismund Augustusthat includes 138 tapestries of various size and character. A visit to the Cathedral, the place of the cult of St. Stanisławand of St. Jadwiga, the Queen of Poland. It is also a true national Pantheon of Polish kings.
= Highlight = The most valuable items are the magnificent tapestries – probably the largest collection of its kind in Europe.The collection contains some 360 tapestries arranged in series which illustrate Biblical themes such as: Adam and Eve inEden, The Story of Noah and The Building of the Tower of Babel.
Afternoon tour of Kazimierz district listed on UNESCO list. Further evidence of the town's fascinating history is provided bythe remnants of the 14thcentury fortifications and the medieval site of Kazimierz with its ancient synagogues in thesouthern part of town.
6.00 p.m. – Krakow Chamber OperaProgram to include:DON PASQUALE by Gaetano DonizettiFarewell dinner at one of the Jewish restaurants located in the Kazimierz district. Enjoy your farewell meal and klezmermusic concert.
Tuesday KRAKOWWARSAW (B, L, D)Morning drive to Warsaw. En route stop for homehosted lunch in Lowicz. You will be welcomed by a local family who has acharming house set by the ruins of the former Lowicz Castle. Enjoy a typical Polish hospitality and taste delicious Polishdishes. You can also have a walk through the beautiful garden and see the castle ruins.Continue your drive to Warsaw. Time to refresh and transfer for your evening opera performance.
7.00 p.m. – Warsaw Opera HouseProgram to include:FAUST – an opera in five acts by Charles Gounod to a French libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carréfrom Carré's play Faust et Marguerite, in turn loosely based on Goethe's Faust, Part 1.
Wednesday WARSAW (B)After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight back home.
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