Nixon In China

Thomas Hampson
Friday, April 11 
Opera de Paris

Renee Fleming
Friday, April 11
Opera de Paris

La Fille du Regiment

Jodie Devos
Wednesday, April 5
Theatre des Champs-Elysees

Sahy Ratia
Wednesday, April 5
Theatre des Champs-Elysees


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April (opera) in Paris! April 4-10-2023

April in Paris! It’s not just a song title! Join us for this very special opera trip to one of the great cultural capitals of the world - so special that there will even be a fourth performance to attend. At the Opéra de Paris - Bastille we will see John Adams’ iconic Nixon in China, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel with Thomas Hampson as Richard Nixon and Renee Fleming as his wife Pat. We will also see Ambroise Thomas’ Hamlet there, a rarity on American stages. The concert performance of Donizetti’s lovely La Fille du Regiment is at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, and features Jodie Devos as Maria, Sahy Ratia as Tonio and Felicity Lott as the Dutchess of Cakentorp. Finally, a vocal and choral treat of Pergolesi and Vivaldi in the sublime Royal Opera at Versailles. Truly a Parisian experience that not many have!

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

Opera Adventure Dates

April 4-10, 2023         

About the Class

We will be attending:
Wednesday, April 5 — La Fille du Regiment (Donizetti)
Thursday, April 6 — Pergolesi/Vivaldi concert
Friday, April 7 — Nixon in China (Adams)
Sunday, April 9 — Hamlet (Thomas)

Saturday, we will have a private group tour of one of the cultural jewels in the Paris region. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 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.

The operas all begin at 7:30 PM. The Pergolesi/Vivaldi concert begins at 9 PM. We will share a group dinner Saturday evening after our tour. 

Useful links:
Best Western Hotel Empire Elysees
Opera de Paris
Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
Chateau de Versailles

Hotel and Amenities

Our hotel will be the Best Western Hotel Empire Elysees. Conveniently located on a quiet street not far from the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel will be a comfortable place for our six nights and classes. The hotel has free wifi and restaurant. Breakfast is included. Public transit is close by.

About your arrival and departure

Arrival in Paris will be on Tuesday, April 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, April 10. 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 Paris from most major cities in the US on many different carriers. 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.

VersaillesOther activities
Paris is a true cultural paradise. There are museums for every taste, amazing neighborhoods to walk, boat rides on the Seine and gorgeous parks to stroll. Comfortable walking shoes and intellectual curiosity are a must!

Transportation to the performances
There are direct train and bus lines from near the hotel to the Opera Bastille. The Theatre des Champs-Elysees is either a 1.9 km walk or a direct bus ride. For the concert in Versailles, we will arrange a time for the group to take the suburban train. You may choose to go earlier to visit some of the amazing things at the chateau itself. The theater is a ten-minute walk from the train station.

Transportation to/from the airport
RER trains run from Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle airport into the city very regularly. With one change of train, you will be very near the hotel. There is also train service from Orly airport, with a change of trains. Of course, there are taxis and ride-share services as well.

Fee and fee schedule

Double occupancy will be $1700 per person. Single occupancy will be $2300. This includes:four opera/concert tickets, six nights hotel stay, daily breakfast, trains to/from Versailles, one lunch, one dinner and one private walking tour. A 50% deposit ($850 per person double, $1150 single) will hold your place. The balance will be due on or before February 4, 2022.

Cancellation policy:
Before February 4, a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee will be issued. Before March 4, a 50% refund will be issued. Before March 20, a 25% refund will be issued. Any cancellation later than March 20, no refund will be issued.

Not included:
Five dinners, five lunches, all air travel, airport transfers, transport to/from performances in Paris.

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.

Registration - Please sign me up for April (opera) in Paris, April 4-10, 2023!

Payment will be done electronically. 

To register, please send an email to Larry at 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.



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