The Famous Gala Dinners

Every Jones Rowe Opera Tour not only secures best seats in the house, and a tried and tested luxury hotel, but also features a “gala dinner”. What’s a gala dinner like?

Our first thought is that clients on a tour like to have an opportunity to talk to one another; and even more enjoy the chance to meet with someone associated with the production, perhaps one or two of the singers or production team. Further, we recognise a rather old-fashioned concept, that most of our clients like an opportunity to dress formally now and again. Our dinners are always “black tie”.

Let’s tell you about some recent gala dinners!

In Berlin, we hosted a dinner in the private dining room of Deutsche Oper, and were delighted to have Susan Bullock and Richard Berkeley-Steele as guests. Clients took part in wide-ranging conversations about Susan’s portrayal of Brunnhilde and other Wagnerian roles, and Richard’s many Wagnerian parts internationally. This was a delightful evening, made even better by a visit to the dining room by Linda Watson.

Some years ago, following a performance of Die Walkure, we loved it when one of our clients said, “I can’t believe I’m having dinner with a Walkyrie!”

In Dessau, our dinner guests were Andre Bucker and his wife. Again, in a lovely private dining room, guests enjoyed discussion with Andre, the director of the innovative and much-praised Ring; and on this occasion Jeremy interviewed Andre more formally during the evening to bring out several interesting aspects of the director’s exciting vision.

Using our many contacts in the opera world, we will continue to develop what has now become a traditional part of all our tours and we look forward to meeting, and eating with, many great operatic guests. When you book a Jones Rowe Opera Tour, you never know who you’ll meet!

Jeremy D. Rowe

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