A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, April 16
Friday, April 17
Royal Danish Opera
Ariadne auf Naxos
Saturday, April 18
Royal Danish Opera
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Spring Opera Adventure in Copenhagen
April 14 - 19, 2020
Spend a spring week in Copenhagen, the friendly and charming capital of Denmark. Our first opera, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is at the Malmö Opera. It’s in Sweden, but just a 30-minute train ride away! The other two operas will be at the striking Operaen in Copenhagen, completed in 2005. The production of Idomeneo is conceived by director Robert Carsen, using video and other state of the art stage magic. Katie Mitchell is the director for Ariadne auf Naxos. Both operas feature the excellent singers of the Royal Danish Opera and Royal Danish Orchestra.
About Your Instructor
Larry Axelrod has traveled to four continents for fun and cultural purposes. He has been arranging Opera Adventures in the United States and abroad for more than seven 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, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. His compositions have been performed on composers’ festival concerts around the United States and abroad.
For more information please call Larry at (773)680-8811 or email email@example.com.
Opera Adventure Dates
April 14 - 19, 2020
About the Class
We will be attending:
Thursday, April 16 Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten)
Friday, April 17 Idomeneo (Mozart)
Saturday, April 18 Ariadne auf Naxos (Strauss)
Wednesday, we will have a private group tour around Copenhagen.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 9AM to about 11 AM, 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. Class participation is encouraged! The class will be held in a meeting room in the hotel.
Midsummer Night’s Dream and Idomeneo begin at 7:00. Ariadne auf Naxos begins at 8. We will share a group dinner Saturday evening before the start of the opera.
Royal Danish Opera
Scandic Copenhagen Hotel
Hotel and Amenities
Our hotel will be the Scandic Copenhagen. It is downtown, close to the main train station and most of the city’s tourist attractions. The hotel has free wifi and restaurant. Breakfast is included. The city has an easy and efficient public transit system, providing easy access if you want to go further afield.
About your arrival and departure
Arrival in Copenhagen will be on Tuesday, April 14. We will meet briefly in the late afternoon to greet one another and discuss the logistics of our stay. Check out will be on Sunday, April 19. If you wish to add nights at the beginning or the end of our trip, please contact me directly and I will make sure that it is handled properly. There are non-stop flights to Copenhagen from most major cities in the US on SAS. Check in time is 3 PM. If you arrive early and rooms are not available, your luggage can be securely held at the front desk. Check out time is 12 noon.
Copenhagen has lovely canals that one can tour very much like Amsterdam. The famous Tivoli Gardens, a lovely park and amusement park, is a short distance from the hotel. Amalienborg Palace, home of the Danish royalty, is in the center of the city. For museums, there are the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek and National Museum of Denmark. Short train rides will get you to Louisiana Sculpture Garden and Kronborg Castle, the site of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Transportation to the performances
For the first opera in Malmö, we will arrange a time for the group to take the train. You may choose to go earlier to visit a few of Malmö’s sights. The opera house is 400 meters from the train station. In Copenhagen, a short bus ride, beginning right from the hotel, will get us within a couple of blocks of the Operaen.
Transportation to/from the airport
Trains from the airport to the central train station leave from Terminal 3.They run every 10 minutes during the day and take about 13 minutes.
Fee and fee schedule
Double occupancy will be $1450 per person. Single occupancy will be $1750. This includes: three opera tickets, five nights hotel stay, daily breakfast, trains to/from Malmö, one lunch, one dinner and one private walking tour. A 50% deposit ($725 per person double, $875 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due on or before February 14, 2020.
Before February 14, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before March 14, a 50% refund will be issued. Before March 31, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than March 31, no refund will be issued.
Four dinners, four lunches, all air travel, airport transfers, transport to/from performances in Copenhagen, admission to attractions/museums on the day tours.
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 Copenhagen Opera Adventure 2020, click on the link here and download the registration form. Completed forms can be mailed to:
5445 N. Sheridan Rd. #1212
Chicago, IL 60640
Credit card payment is also possible. Please call Larry at 773-680-8811 to arrange this.