The Bartered Bride

The Bartered Bride

Bedrich Smetana
Saturday, April 26
Vienna Volksoper

Der Rosenkavelier

Der Rosenkavelier

By Richard Strauss
Sunday, April 27
Vienna Staatsoper

The Tsar's Bride

The Tsar's Bride

By Nikolai Rimski-Korsakoff
Monday, April 28
Theater an der Wien


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Spring Opera in Vienna – April 24-29, 2014!

St. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna, AustriaSpend a lovely spring week in Vienna, one of the great musical capitals of the world! We will see three operas in three different venues. The first performance will be Smetana’s charming Bartered Bride at the Volksoper. Then we will hear that most viennese of operas, Der Rosenkavelier, conducted by Franz Welser-Most at the Staatsoper, with Anne Schwanenwilms as the Marschallin. Finally, we will see Rimsky Korsakoff’s lesser known The Tsar’s Bride at the Theater an der Wien with the visiting Bolshoi Opera. An amazingly varied trio of operatic treats!

About the Instructor

Larry Axelrod has traveled to four continents for fun and cultural purposes. He has been arranging successful Opera Adventures in the United States and abroad for more than three years. He taught at the Music Center of the North Shore (now Music Institute of Chicago), different Elderhostel venues and Renasan. He taught many different classes over the course of fifteen years at Ghost Ranch Santa Fe, including an opera class and music theory at Columbia College in Chicago. Larry is a composer, pianist and conductor, whose musical activities have taken him around the United States and Europe. As a composer, Mr. Axelrod has had works done by CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, Pinotage, The Lincoln Trio, The Duo Ahlert/Schwab, the Ensemble JungeMusik Berlin and The Verdi String Quartet in recent seasons. His compositions have been performed on composers’ festival concerts around the United States.

For more information please call Larry at (773) 680-8811 or email

Opera Adventure Dates

April 24-29, 2014

About the Class

We will be attending:
Saturday, April 26 – The Bartered Bride (Smetana)
Sunday, April 27 – Der Rosenkavelier (Strauss)
Monday, April 28 – The Tsar’s Bride (Rimski-Korsakoff)

Beethoven PlaqueFriday, we will have a private guided tour of the amazing musical sites and Art Nouveau of this beautiful city.

Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings from 9 AM to noon, we will gather to watch DVD performances, listen to CDs and learn about that evening’s performance. There will be time for discussion and questions. Vigorous class participation is encouraged! The class will be held in a comfortable meeting room in the hotel. The Bartered Bride and The Tsar’s Bride begin at 7 PM. The curtain time of Der Rosenkavelier will be announced after the first of the year. We will share a group dinner either Sunday or Monday evening, to be decided once the start time of Der Rosenkavelier is announced.

Useful links:
Vienna Volksoper
Vienna Staatsoper
Theater an der Wien
Hotel am Konzerthaus

Hotel and Amenities

Our hotel will be the Hotel am Konzerthaus, a boutique hotel in the Accor chain. It is in the heart of Vienna. The Ringstrasse, State Opera House and the Belvedere are all close by. There is WiFi in the hotel and the subway stops close by.

About your arrival and departure

Arrival in Vienna will be on Thursday, April 24. We will meet briefly in the late afternoon to greet one another and discuss the logistics of our stay. Check out will be on Tuesday, April 29. If you are wishing to add nights at the beginning or the end of our trip, please contact me directly and I will make sure through the group reservations personnel that it is handled properly. Be aware that a huge industry fair will be in town at the end of our stay; rooms may be scarce.

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna, AustriaOther activities
Vienna has more palaces and museums than you can shake a stick at. If you are a fan of the painter Gustav Klimt (as I am!), you will be in heaven! In good weather, the garden of the Schönbrunn Palace and the Prater, with its giant ferris wheel and expansive woods and waterways, are outdoor delights. You will have your arrival day, plus Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons free to explore.

Transportation to the performances
The Vienna Staatsoper is less than a kilometer from the hotel. The Volksoper is 2.5 miles from the hotel and the Theater an der Wien is less than a mile. Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and the underground is safe and clean.

Transportation to/from the airport
Many cities in the U.S. have non-stop flights to Vienna on a variety of airlines, including Austrian Airlines, part of the Star Alliance. The City Airport Train goes from the airport to the St. Stephen’s terminal/Wien Mitte station regularly from 5:30 AM to 11:30 PM and takes just 16 minutes. The cost is 12 Euros. This is just a short taxi or underground ride to the hotel. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost 35-40 Euros.

Fee and fee schedule

Double occupancy will be $1600 per person. Single occupancy will be $2000. This includes: three opera tickets, five nights hotel stay, daily breakfast, one lunch, one dinner and one private walking tour. A 50% deposit ($800 per person double, $1000 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due on or before February 24, 2014.

Cancellation policy:
Before February 24, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before March 24, a 50% refund will be issued. Before April 10, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than April 10, no refund will be issued.

Not included:
Four dinners, four lunches, all air travel, airport transfers, transport to/from performances.

Travel Insurance

Sometimes our personal libretti give opera a run for its money. Plans need to change quickly, forcing cancellation of an eagerly anticipated trip. I try to make my refund policy as clear, fair and straight-forward as possible, in line with what I see on other travel sites. However, as a single-person enterprise, I have little leeway with goods and services already purchased and time already invested. For this reason, I recommend travel insurance for those “just in case” moments. I can promise I really don’t want you to cancel once you have signed up for one of my great opera adventures. I also don’t want you to lose money. However I really must stay with my refund policy. So, consider travel insurance. It’s a small investment that you really hope you won’t need, but might be very worthwhile.


To register for Vienna Opera Adventure 2014, click on the link here and download the registration form. Completed forms can be mailed to:
Lawrence Axelrod
5111 N. Monticello Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625



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