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Wagner's Complete "Ring" Cycle at Seattle Opera

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Program #20826RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Aug 19 — Aug 26, 2013

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Monday, August 19 - Check-in & Registration, Reception & Orientation,...
Check-in & Registration, Reception & Orientation, Opening Dinner, Introductions & Listening Devices

Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm. PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 4:00-5:00pm. Meet the program staff and pick up your welcome packet. RECEPTION: 5:00pm. Enjoy a hosted reception with light snacks in our private meeting room at the hotel. ORIENTATION: 5:30pm. We will have an informative overview of the program, review the schedule, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. You are about to embark on a musical adventure, experiencing the most monumental achievement in all of opera: Richard Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle. The program has been designed to provide numerous opportunities to learn more about different aspects of the “Ring” and each of the four operas. That’s a lot of musical intensity, so we have also scheduled time for you to explore and enjoy some highlights of our home city, Seattle.

Dinner: Dinner is in our meeting room.

Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Dinner is followed by an opportunity to begin getting to know your fellow participants. LISTENING DEVICES: Our program is equipped with personal listening devices (included in the program price). This state-of-the-art technology makes it possible for everyone to hear clearly what the experts have to say and the knowledge they share. They are comfortable and easy to use. We will have a brief demonstration and practice to enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of the program.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, August 20 - Overview of "The Ring," Pike Place Market, Pre-Pe...
Overview of "The Ring," Pike Place Market, Pre-Performance Lecture, "Das Rheingold"

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel's dining room. Enjoy the The Hot American Breakfast,which also allows for some substitutions.

Morning: PRESENTATION: Overview of Wagner’s “Ring” Cycle. Hear an explanation of the complex story from a Seattle Opera expert. The operas are loosely based on Norse legends. Anyone familiar with the “Lord of the Rings” will have a feel for the kinds of characters Richard Wagner created between 1848-1874, not only composing the music but serving as his own librettist. EXCURSION: Learn about Seattle's 107-year-old Pike Place Market and stroll the three blocks there from our hotel.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. Choose from among the Market's 60-plus restaurants and cafés.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: You may continue exploring on your own or return to the hotel. We recommend taking time to explore the Market at your own pace. Talk to farmers, flower vendors, and artisans about their work. Bring some treats back for later!

Dinner: Because the lecture begins so early we'll eat on our own before departure or at intermission when there will be an opportunity to purchase “small plates.”

Evening: PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE: 5:30pm. Attend a one-hour pre-performance lecture by Robert McClung, from Seattle Opera's Department of Education, on aspects of our first opera. PERFORMANCE: 7:00pm, “Das Rheingold.” In order to make an all-powerful ring from the Rhine gold he has stolen, the dwarf Alberich curses love and all hell breaks loose. Principal artists currently scheduled include Richard Paul Fink as Alberich, Stephanie Blythe as Fricka, and Greer Grimsley as Wotan. The performance is conducted by Asher Fisch, regarded as one of the world’s leading interpreters of Wagner.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, August 21 - MOHAI visit, Pre-Performance Lecture, “Die Walkü...
Breakfast: Enjoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered.

Morning: EXCURSION: Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI). Travel by Lake Union Streetcar and spend the morning amidst collections and exhibits that celebrate the rich history of the Pacific Northwest.

Lunch: Lunch at MOHAI's charming and tasty café.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Take a few hours to relax and prepare for this evening's operatic marathon.

Dinner: Because the lecture begins so early we'll eat on our own before departure or at intermission when there will be an opportunity to purchase “small plates.”

Evening: PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE: We will walk a few blocks from the hotel and take the monorail to Seattle Center for a pre-performance talk at 4:30pm to encounter the world of “Die Walküre” (The Valkyrie). PERFORMANCE: 6:00pm, “Die Walküre.” Forbidden romance, high-stakes drama, and unforgettable music culminate in a fiery showdown. Principal artists currently scheduled include Stuart Skelton as Siegmund, Margaret Jane Wray as Sieglinde, Greer Grimsley as Wotan, Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde, and Stephanie Blythe as Fricka. The conductor is Asher Fisch.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Thursday, August 22 - "Ring" Symposium featuring Internationally-known ...
"Ring" Symposium featuring Internationally-known Wagner Experts, Free Afternoon and Evening

Breakfast: Enjoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered.

Morning: SYMPOSIUM: Since 1975, Seattle Opera’s dedication to the music dramas of Richard Wagner has been a key component of its mission, making it a can’t-miss destination for Wagnerians around the world. This symposium from 10:00am until 3:00pm (with a break for lunch) is a key element of the program and features leading Wagner scholars and authors including Mark Berry, Michael Hackett, François Rochaix, and Maestro Asher Fisch at the piano. They will address aspects of Wagner’s alchemy that contribute to the Ring’s infinite breadth and depth. Michael Hackett is a Professor of Theater in the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA and Chair of the Department of Theater. He has directed for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; the Royal Theatre at The Hague; and many more. His topic is “The Integration of Music, Poetry, and Physical Action.” Mark Berry, a lecturer in Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, will discuss “The Beginning of the World and its Destruction: Examining Wagner’s Exploration of Power."

Lunch: We will have lunch with Symposium attendees with an opportunity to participate in Q&A with Speight Jenkins, Seattle Opera General Director, and stage director Stephen Wadsworth.

Afternoon: SYMPOSIUM continues: François Rochaix, Stage Director of Seattle Opera’s second “Ring” and Parsifal, examines “Paradoxes and Contradictions: How Wagner’s Personal Evolution During Composition of the Ring Stimulates a Director.” The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free to explore Seattle's many attractions on your own. Program staff will be happy to provide suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening. The hotel has a very nice restaurant and there are many excellent options in the vicinity. Suggestions will be provided.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Enjoy Seattle's lively theater and music scene or set out on your own adventure.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Friday, August 23 - Seattle Art Museum, Pre-Performance Lecture, "Sie...
Breakfast: Enjoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered.

Morning: EXCURSION: Seattle Art Museum. We will stroll seven easy, level blocks to one of the city's cultural jewels -- SAM -- to explore its many delights. From its early 20th-century roots, SAM has grown into an internationally renowned museum and the region's premier art institution.

Lunch: Lunch as a group today in a brewpub in the Pike Place Market, right across the street from SAM.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: The remainder of the afternoon is yours to return to SAM, explore on your own or relax before this evening's performance.

Dinner: Because the lecture begins so early we'll eat on our own before departure or at intermission when there will be an opportunity to purchase “small plates.”

Evening: PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE: We will take the monorail to Seattle Center for this evening's pre-performance talk at 4:30pm by highly-regarded opera educator Robert McClung to set the stage for Opera #3. PERFORMANCE: 6:00pm. "Siegfried" chronicles the development of the naïve yet fearless child of the Siegmund-Sieglinde union. Principal artists currently scheduled include Stefan Vinke as Siegfried, Greer Grimsley as the Wanderer, and Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde. Asher Fisch conducts.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Saturday, August 24 - “Tech Talk" & Backstage Magic, Free Afternoon, Se...
“Tech Talk" & Backstage Magic, Free Afternoon, Seattle Repertory Theatre's Evening of Entertainment Based on The “Ring”

Breakfast: Enjoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered..

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Go behind the scenes at the Opera House for a “Tech Talk” to learn how stage magic is created. Then take a guided backstage exploration of this state-of-the-art facility.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own after we return from the morning's activities.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Explore the Central Library or some of the many other attractions near our hotel.

Dinner: Dine out together tonight at a Thai restaurant just a block from the Seattle Repertory Theatre.The food is tasty but not spicy.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Delight in songs and skits inspired by "The Ring" at the acclaimed Seattle Repertory Theatre, acknowledged by the New York Times as “This city’s flagship theatre." Founded in 1963, The Seattle Rep is one of the most renowned regional theatres in the country, producing a mix of classics, recent Broadway hits and cutting-edge new works.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Contact info:
401 Lenora Street
Seattle WA
Seattle, WA 98121-2515 USA
phone: 206-443-4300
web: www.warwickhotels.com

Room amenities: Coffeemaker, refrigerator, flat-screen TV, robes, high-end toiletries, sliding glass doors onto Juliet balcony.

Facility amenities: Fitness facility; indoor pool and hot tub; sauna; garage parking for $15/night; restaurant with lounge; business center.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $155 + taxes double/night.
Contact the Warwick Hotel at 1-800-426-9280, M-F, 8:00 am-7:00 pm for room reservations before or after the program. Special Road Scholar rates are good for three days before/after program dates. $155 + taxes/night double; $139 + taxes/night single.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, August 25 - Lake Union Locks Cruise, Pre-Performance Lecture,...
Lake Union Locks Cruise, Pre-Performance Lecture, "Die Götterdämmerung"

Breakfast: Enjtoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered.

Morning: EXCURSION: We will ride the Lake Union Streetcar to the burgeoning South Lake Union district for a cruise past Lake Union houseboats, along the Lake Washington Ship Canal, through the Chittenden Locks, and into Elliott Bay. Or, depending on the ship's schedule, we may make this trip beginning at Elliott Bay and travel the same route in the opposite direction.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch you've selected yourself as you cruise Seattle waterways.

Afternoon: Take this opportunity to relax for a few hours.

Dinner: Because the lecture begins so early we'll eat on our own before departure or at intermission when there will be an opportunity to purchase “small plates.”

Evening: PRE-PERFORMANCE TALK: 4:30pm. Robert McClung prepares you for the final chapter in Wagner's masterpiece. PERFORMANCE: 6:00pm "Die Götterdämmerung" -- The Twilight of the Gods -- concludes this extraordinary musical, mythological, and dramatic journey. Stefan Vinke as Siegfried and Alwyn Mellor as Brünnhilde head the stellar cast conducted by Asher Fisch.

Lodging: The Warwick Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Eight: Monday, August 26 - Wrap-Up & Review, Space Needle Film & Field Trip
Breakfast: Enjoy the Hot American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant. Tasty breakfast fare with some substitutions offered.

Morning: WRAP-UP: Contribute to a closing discussion of this incredible opera experience. Then view a film showing the construction in 1962 of Seattle's landmark Space Needle. EXCURSION: For our final outing, we will take the monorail to the Needle and ascend its glass-fronted elevator to the observation deck for a panoramic view of Seattle and surroundings. Return downtown at your convenience. The program concludes with this excursion. Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon. We hope you have enjoyed this extraordinary program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast

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13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
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5 Performances

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