Friday, May 6
Operaen in Copenhagen
The Nose (Shostakovich)
Saturday, May 7
Operaen in Copenhagen
Sisters & On the Other Side of the Sea
On the Other Side of the Sea (Backman)
Sunday, May 8
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Copenhagen/Malmö 2.0! Why not try a second time?!
May 4-9, 2022
After the very disappointing cancellation of a similar trip in 2020, we can celebrate by spending a spring week in Copenhagen, the friendly and charming capital of Denmark. The first two operas will be at the striking Operaen in Copenhagen, completed in 2005. First is Puccini’s immortal Tosca in a production by Peter Langdal, followed by Shostakovich’s 1928 comedy The Nose, based on Gogol. Both operas feature the excellent singers of the Royal Danish Opera and Royal Danish Orchestra. The third opera is an exciting double bill called Sisters, with Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Catharina Backman’s new opera On the Other Side of the Sea at the Malmö Opera. It’s in Sweden, but just a 30-minute train ride away!
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 ten years. He taught at the Music Center of the North Shore (now Music Institute of Chicago), different Elderhostel venues and the Newberry Library. 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
May 4-9, 2022
About the Class
We will be attending:
Friday, May 6 Tosca (Puccini)
Saturday, May 7 The Nose (Shostakovich)
Sunday, May 8 Sisters & On the Other Side of the Sea (Puccini and Backman)
Thursday, we will have a private group tour around Copenhagen.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9 AM 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
Tosca begins at 7:30. The Nose begins at 8. Sisters is at 4 PM. We will share a group dinner Sunday evening after the opera.
Royal Danish Opera
Citizen M Hotel Copenhagen
Hotel and Amenities
Our hotel will be the Citizen M Hotel. It is downtown, close to the main train station and most of the city’s tourist attractions. Please note: the hotel has only one size room, fitted with one king-sized bed. It is not possible to get a second bed in the room. 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 Wednesday, May 4. We will meet briefly in the late afternoon to greet one another and discuss the logistics of our stay. Check out will be on Monday, May 9. 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 2 PM. If you arrive early and rooms are not available, your luggage can be securely held at the front desk. Check out time is 11 AM.
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 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
Shared bed double will be $1550 per person. Single occupancy will be $2050. 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 ($775 per person double, $1025 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due on or before March 4, 2022.
Before March 4, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before April 4, a 50% refund will be issued. Before April 20, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than April 20, 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.
Registration - Please sign me up for Copenhagen/Malmö 2.0, May 4 - 9, 2022!!
Payment will be done electronically.
To register, please send an email to Larry at Larry223@aol.com. Please fill out, scan and attach the downloadable registration form here. I will then send an invoice through PayPal for the appropriate deposit amount.
Larry is also able to receive payment through Zelle. If you wish to pay this way, please email Larry before doing so, so that it is clear where this money is coming from.