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Opera and Art in the Coronation Town

Slovak classical music, ballet and opera have a strong reputation abroad thanks to their inventive staging and high interpretative skill. Acknowledged stars as Edita Gruber, Peter Dvorský, and Lucia Popp, along with famous philharmonic and chamber orchestras, have made musical education in Slovakia famous.

Music (and Cultural) Tour:  Bratislava and its sorroundings 
MKR BA 4

Just as in all the parts of Europe, the music traditions of present day Slovakia date back to prehistoric times – the ritualistic and entertaining songs of peasants – liturgical songs after the arrival of Christianity and trumpeters, conjurors, and troubadours in castles and towns. More difficult polyphonic music was cultivated in churches, monasteries and schools. Gregorian choral manuscripts were preserved.  They include Nitriansky evanjeliár/Gospel-book of Nitra(11th century), Prayov kódex/Codex of Pray (13th century), a collection of the Bratislava chapel and many manuscripts with over 10 000 polyphonic compositions from other centuries. We already know the names of composers after 1600, such as Ján Šimbracký (Levoča), Zacharias Zarevutius (Bardejov) and Samuel Capricornus (Bratislava) the significant European composer. In the Baroque period Franciscan musicians who also incorporated the folk motifs of Slovak peasant and pastoral music in their compositions (Edmund Pascha, Paulín Bajan, Jozef Pantaleon Roškovský) are noteworthy. Unique collections of songs and dances featuring local folk elements were preserved (Vietorisova tabulatúra/Tablature of Vietoris, Levočský pestrý zborník/ Collection of Songs of Levoča, Melodiarum Anny Szirmay Ketzerovej/ Melodiarum of Anna Szirmay Ketzer, Uhrovecká zbierka/the Uhrovec Collection). There were noteworthy expressions of musical culture in Bratislava after 1770. Thanks to concerts in aristocratic palaces, this town became the musical sister of Vienna. Haydn, Mozart, Liszt and Rubinstein all performed here. Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in Bratislava in 1778.

In the period of Romanticism of the 19th century, even in Slovakia, a program was established to create national music and operas and the intensive collection and research of Slovak folk songs and dances got underway.

 The essential development of musical culture began after 1918 when the opera ensemble of the Slovak National Theatre, the music education system and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra were formed. World famous interpreters grew up along with new generations of composers who created excellent works of Slovak national culture and interpreted works belonging to the contemporary European streams – symphonic orchestra of the Slovak Philharmonics, the Slovak Chamber Orchestra (Bohdan Warchal), singers such as Lucia Popp, Edita Gruberová, and Peter Dvorský.

Thanks to its talented young singers, musical ensemble and creative direction and dramaturgy, the productions in the Slovak national Theater (always interpreted in the original language) also attract opera lovers from Vienna. Opera productions in the State Opera in Banská Bystrica excel in the tradition of awarded productions. Our clients will encounter concerts of domestic historical musical monuments in other towns of central Slovakia.        

Opera and Art in the Coronation Town

Music (and Cultural) Tour – Bratislava and its surroundings

Day 1

Afternoon – Vienna, departure
Bratislava, accommodations, dinner
opera production at the Slovak National Theater

Day 2

Devín Castle: museum area –with strong historical and geographic “genius loci”
Bratislava: tour of the city –St. Martin’s Cathedral, City Museum in the Old Town Hall, Primate’s Palace, galleries, castle
opera production at the Slovak National Theater

Day 3

Dolná Krupá: chateau and museum of local stays of Ludwig van Beethoven
Piešťany: spa town that hosted Beethoven, tour of Spa Island
Hlohovec: chateau theater – small concert
Alt.: opera production at the Slovak National Theater
Alt.: performance of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Day 4

Town of Svätý Jur: parish church with precious monuments of Gothic and Renaissance art
Castle Červený Kameň (Redstone Castle): unique fortification in the Carpathian hills, the fortified sections were built by the Fugger family according to the designs of Albrecht Dürer; the residential sections were built by the Palffy family – museum, small concert
Town of Trnava: monuments of Baroque religious architecture – tour of monuments
Alt.: ballet production at the Slovak National Theater
Alt.: performance of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra

Day 5 

morning – return to Vienna

Service package:

The price of the tour covers:

  • A qualified guiding service
  • 4x accommodations, 3x lunch, 4x dinner,
  • 4x big opera or concert production,
  • 2x chamber, piano or organ concert

The price of the tour does not include the following:

  • drinks
  • contributions
  • insurance
  • charges for taking pictures in museums and monuments
  • individual transportation from the residence to the point of departure (except Group tours and VIP tours)

Tour price

The price for the tour MKR BA 4 ist 527 Euro per person in double room,

Extra charge for a single room is 99 Euro.

For tours of the type Group tours and VIP tours the price is calculated individually

Dates

26.3.-30.3. G. Donizetti: Zauber Trank, W. A. Mozart: Zauberflöte, G. Verdi: La traviata, G. Verdi: Zwei Foscaris, Abend der gegenwärtiges Balett
23.4-27.4 G. Bizet: Carmen, G. Verdi: Macbeth, G. Puccini: Madam butterfly, U. Scholz, N. Duato: DUO

Dates for groups – by appointment

Dates for VIP – by appointment

 

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