Autumnal Cultural Escapes in Europe


Once the Coronavirus has disappeared, we are all going to want to start enjoying all the things we had before especially travelling and concerts!  Why not combine the two with likeminded souls by taking advantage of one of Travel for the Arts’ Autumn escapes? 

Here is just a small selection to whet the appetite…

Ballet stars in Milan, 28 – 30 September 202​0

Two of the ballet world’s greatest stars of the day join forces for what promises to be a spectacular evening at the prestigious Teatro alla Scala, Milan. Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova and principal dancer étoile Roberto Bolle, perform the lead roles in John Neumeier’s classical ballet La Dame aux Camélias. The break also includes a visit to Villa Medici Giulini, home to an impressive collection of musical instruments, a guided walking tour of Milan – including the city’s glorious Cathedral and La Scala museum – and which ends with lunch at the Ristorante Al Cantinone.

Award-winning Festival in Brno, 30 September – 4 October 2020

Join Travel for the Arts first sortie into the Czech Republic to Brno, the charming capital of Moravia and where the composer Leoš Janáček lived for many years. The town is also home to The Janáček Brno Festival, which won the award for ‘Best Festival’ in 2019. This new tour includes two of Janáček’s powerful compositions – a concert performance of his song cycle The Diary of One who Disappeared, and a new production of Jenůfa with the renowned Finnish soprano Karita Mattila (see above) as the Kostelnicka. Also included is a guided walking tour and an excursion to the village of Hukvaldy where Janáček was born and spent his final years.

Pavel Breslik

Celebrations in Parma, 7 – 11 October 2020

Head to Parma – the 2020 Italian Capital of Culture – for the annual Verdi Festival which has performances of the great composer’s works in two beautiful and historic theatres. The trip includes a new production of I Lombardi alla prima crociata in Parma’s prestigious Teatro Regio, and Rigoletto in the intimate and ornate Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Busseto. There is also a rare opportunity to hear the French version of Macbeth in the magnificent and monumental setting of the Chiesa di San Francesco del Prato, in the heart of Parma.

New Paris Ring Cycle, 29 November – 7 December 2020

This autumn, a new production of Wagner’s Ring cycle by the controversial Spanish director Calixto Bieito, will bring together an exceptional cast along with the Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorus, under the baton of Music Director Philippe Jordan. Martina Serafin, Iain Paterson, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann, Gerhard Siegel, Ain Anger, Dame Sarah Connolly and Ekaterina Gubanova are just a few of the outstanding singers bringing Wagner’s epic to life on the stage of the famous Opera Bastille. There will also be a guided tour of the Palais Garnier, and a visit to the Cité de la Musique – a little-known museum which houses an impressive collection of instruments from different eras, including Chopin’s piano.

All tour prices are based on two people sharing a room and include flights, transfers, accommodation, meals as per the itinerary, performances, sightseeing and guides.  Land only prices are also available for those wishing to make their own way to the start of each holiday.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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