Wagner's Ring Cycle in Paris - With English Surtitles, November 28 to December 07, 2020
Join us in Paris for Wagner’s Ring Cycle!

There is arguably no performing arts experience comparable to attending, in the span of less than a week: a fully staged production of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen.  The Paris Opera’s modern house on the Place Bastille is one of the few in the world with the resources, both artistic and technical, to fully realize the composer’s vision. Your ticket package provides excellent seats to all four operas, with light snacks and drinks provided before Das Rheingold and during intermissions of Die Walküre, Siegfried, and Götterdämmerung.  You will also be treated to welcome and farewell dinners ranking among the best of the Dean Dalton Tours gastronomic tradition as well as conversations before and/or after each production moderated by Dean and enlivened by your fellow participants, some of whom qualify as experts.

Yes, we checked and the surtitles will be in both French and English.

Check out the details below and get your reservation in right away.

We have an option for only 20 tickets to all four operas and reservations will be honored in the order we receive your deposit; in any event, reservations must be received not later than July 15, 2019.

Since we must pay for the tickets in full or release them by that time, your $1,000 deposit is non-refundable once we have purchased tickets on your behalf. However, in the event that you must cancel at any point between July 15 and payment of the final invoice, we will make every effort to resell your place on the tour or the tickets themselves; if we are successful, we will return your deposit,
less a $100 administrative fee.

Saturday Nov. 28
Depart for Paris

Sunday Nov. 29
Arrival and welcome dinner

Monday Nov. 30
Das Rheingold

Tuesday Dec. 1
Free day or optional day tour

Wednesday Dec. 2
Die Walküre

Thursday Dec. 3
Free day or optional day tour

Friday Dec. 4

Saturday Dec. 5
Free day

Sunday Dec. 6

Monday Dec. 7
Depart for home

  THE PRICES (per person):

  $ 4,450 sharing
a superior double
$ 5,950 superior double for single occupancy
(a limited number of 
"Cozy" rooms are available,
single occupancy only,
for a discount of $250)

Prices are stated in
U.S. Dollars

calculated on an exchange rate of $1.15 to the Euro.

Package prices include:

8 nights accommodation at
Hotel Mansart

Breakfast each day

  Welcome and Farewell Dinners
(drinks included)

Light snacks and drinks
at the performances

Airport transfers

Informal discussions before
and/or following performances

Assistance in the purchase of tickets for optional performances

The possibility of a backstage tour of the Opéra Bastille and/or the Palais Garnier will be determined by rehearsal schedules and technical considerations

Iain Paterson – Wotan/Wanderer
Ekaterina Gubanova – Fricka
Jonas Kaufmann – Siegmund
Eva-Maria Westbroek – Sieglinde
Martina Serafin – Brünnhilde (Walküre and Siegfried)
John Relyea – Hunding
Ricarda Merbeth – Brünnhilde (Gotterdämmerung)
Andreas Schager – Siegfried
Gerhard Siegel – Mime
Jochen Schmeckenbecher – Alberich
Dimitry Ivashchenko – Fafner
Anna Gabler – Gutrune
Sarah Connolly – Waltraute
Johannes Martin Kränzle – Gunther


The Paris Opera’s music director, Philippe Jordan, is rapidly becoming one of the today’s most respected Wagner conductors. He will be on the podium for the entire Cycle, as he was at the MET in New York earlier this year. In 2020, he assumes the musical leadership of the Vienna State Opera.


It is safe to say that this new production, by noted Spanish director Calixto Bieto, will not be “traditional,” if that term has any meaning in reference to an opera about gods and giants and dwarfs and the end of the world. But whether we will witness the kind of confrontational approach that Bieto is most noted for (viz. his Carmen) or the “softer gentler” Bieto evident in the Paris Opera’s new production of Simon Boccanegra, remains to be seen. One thing that critics seem to agree upon is that his productions are intellectually sound and plumb the depths of whatever work he takes on.


We chose second category seats (there are 11 categories), since first and optima categories are only available in a package, including a substantial mandatory donation to the Friends of the Opera and seated dinners before or after the performances, which inevitably drive their cost to two and a half times face value of the tickets.  Our seats will be just a row or two farther back or to the side than first category seats; not at the back or far right of the hall by any means. Your tickets also entitle you to light refreshments before Das Rheingold and during the intermissions of the other three operas. Each individual or couple will receive a program booklet for each opera.


We have selected a charming four-star boutique hotel, originally a private mansion built in 1720 on plans by Louis XIV’s chief architect. Just a few steps from the Louvre, Tuilleries Gardens, Place Vendome, and Rue de Rivoli it is close to both the Opéra Garnier and Madeleine, from either of which you can take Metro Line 8 directly to the Opéra Bastille, where the Ring performances take place.


Two day-trips will be provided at additional cost, on days with no performances:

1. The Renaissance Château de Chantilly, home of Henri d’Orléans, Duke of Aumale and son of the last King of France (Louis-Philippe), is one of the finest jewels of France's cultural heritage. Henri was considered to be the greatest collector of his time, amassing one of France’s largest collections of precious books, paintings and decorative arts. The Condé Museum - within the former princely apartments - offers the second biggest collection of ancient paintings after the Louvre. On the way back, we will stop in the enchanting medieval town of Senlis, with cobbled narrow alleys, small shops, charming squares, and houses from another time.

2. The Palace of Fontainebleau was the residence of French monarchs from Louis VII to Napoleon III. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the château dazzles not only in its size, but in its rich architectural styles and lavish interiors - the single greatest assemblage over time of French architecture and décor still in its original state. On the way back to Paris, we will stop at the charming village of Barbizon, the adopted home of the first landscape painters who ushered in the Impressionist movement (Corot, Millet, and Rousseau).


It is too early to know the schedule for the Palais Garnier, Theatre des Champs Elysees, Chatelet, Philharmonie, or any of Paris’s other venues. Once we have that information, we will share it with you and place orders for anything you want to attend on the nights between the Ring operas . . . if you are up to it and want a break from Wagner.



Opéra Bastille
Opéra Bastille
Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner
Jonas Kaufmann
Jonas Kaufmann
Martina Serafin
Martina Serafin
Iain Paterson
Iain Paterson
Philippe Jordan
Philippe Jordan
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