Wagner’s Ring in Dessau

22 – 29 June 2015

The photographs below illustrate a selection of views of different aspects of this varied tour. We have seen an excellent and surprising production of the Ring Cycle, met the makers of it and enjoyed the highlights of Dessau’s rich cultural environment.

The Ring tour to Dessau began by Jeremy and I meeting most of our Opera friends at Berlin-Tegel airport and once having boarded our luxury coach, we were taken to the pleasant city of Dessau. Other Opera friends from Holland and Germany drove themselves there and parked in the secure underground garage.

Once checked in and settled into their comfortable guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas in the luxury 4-star hotel a very short walk from the Anhaltisches Opera House, we all met up in the hotel bar for a champagne reception and soft drinks also being served to give all our clients a chance to meet each other.

We had secured the best seats in the house for our Opera friends, and they enjoyed the exclusive use of the Premium Wagner Lounge with welcoming drinks, interval refreshments and complimentary illustrated programmes.

In addition to the highlights of the Ring performances, we enjoyed a guided tour of the Gartenreich Wörlitz gardens (a world heritage site) and a bespoke back stage tour around the opera house which literally meant going onto the working stage and scenery stores behind!

Another highlight was the “walking in the steps of Wagner” walking tour, guided by Jeremy around the central area of Leipzig, discovering a lot of the Wagner references in the city.

Our black tie gala dinner of four courses with Champagne and white and red wines was held in the best restaurant in Dessau – Das Pächterhaus, and there we welcomed the director of the Ring Cycle, André Bücker, and his Italian wife, a ballet dancer. It gave our clients the chance to put questions to Mr Bücker about the production, and really helped everyone to understand the concept of the staging.

Opera friends could also visit the Bauhaus Museum and its associated Masters’ Houses, which provided the foundation of contemporary architecture in the 20th century; and clients were also able to visit Wittenberg Castle Church to see the site of Martin Luther’s famous appearance before the Diet of Worms. The Junkers aeroplane Museum was also another highlight.

After several busy and interesting days we were about to board our luxury VIP coach back to Berlin-Tegel airport, when in the hotel we were introduced to the conductor Antony Hermus with whom we chatted, making a final highlight of the tour.

Ian Jones

Review in Ian and Jeremy’s blog