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New York, New York...
Magical Renée Fleming
A & M W, Glasgow

Dear Mr. Blair,
All the arrangements worked perfectly, and we really appreciated being able to take an opera break in New York and have all the details worked out for us. In particular it was very good to have the airport transfers sorted out, so that we didn’t have to worry about getting from JFK to Manhattan.
The visits to the Met were truly memorable, especially seeing Renee Fleming in Der Rosenkavalier, an experience we will remember for a long time.
The only thing I’d want to comment on was the hotel. It was ideally positioned, and generally satisfactory (though having a room overlooking the internal well was unfortunate), but we were annoyed by the compulsory facility fee - $124 plus tax for what, for us, amounted to free WiFi and somewhere to leave luggage on the last day seems excessive. Is this normal for New York hotels? My only other experience of the city was going there for a conference, when someone else paid the bill!

But a small blip on what was otherwise an amazing and memorable trip. Many thanks for your service - we hope to use it again soon.

Best wishes

Super Serenissima!
PB - Edinburgh

Dear Mr Blair,

My trip to Venice was excellent. Your arrangements went perfectly and the two operas were most enjoyable. The weather was not as warm as expected but it did not detract from the whole experience. 

I shall I hope be going on another trip arranged by you.

Kind regards,

The joy of Teatro La Fenice
S & D in Var, France

We would like to thank you very much for the wonderful seats you booked for us at La Fenice and for the hotel.  Both were really excellent. We shall certainly contact you for our next opera excursion and will recommend you to our friends.

Thank you again.

Two centre adventure ...
Munich & Vienna
P & C P

Dear Andrew Blair,
The trip went smoothly, the hotels well up to standard, the opera performances all first class.  The Platzl is near to finishing its refurbishment ...and everything about the Kaiserin Elisabeth was great: helpful and friendly staff, generous accommodation and a location that couldn't be bettered.

Musically all was excellent, great to see 2 young conductors in Munich (both Israeli), some great and memorable performances, even the stagings were good. Arabella not easy to bring off, was brilliantly done (produced by Robert Carsen). Andrea Chenier boasted a very impressive set even if the production was rather too busy (a contemporary trend which tends to take ones attention from the music. Or am I just showing my age?).  Parsifal really was memorable not just because it was set in a hospital designed by Otto Wagner the great 19C Viennese architect which, although a clever idea, led to some illogicality between words, costumes and setting).  Cast couldn't have been bettered, Gerald Finley, Christopher Ventris and Nina Stemme while Symon Byschof conducted a majestic performance in the pit.

Again apologies for the delay and thank you for organising such a memorable trip on our behalf.  I am writing an account to circulate to friends and will of course, give you credit for your role!

La bohème in La Serenissima
R & S, Surrey

Dear Andrew,
Apologies, it has taken me a while to respond to your kind letter seeking our views on the trip you organised to Venice.
We loved it. Everything was flawless with the pick up and the opera itself was magnificent. We thought the hotel was a little tired, but you could say that about a lot of places in Venice!  The staff were excellent and when we commented that our room (50) was spectacularly hot, the receptionist explained that all the hot water pipes on that side of the building flowed alongside it!  He said a lot of people like that!  They moved us to another room for our last night.  e will certainly use Opera in Style again and may even venture out beyond La Boheme if we’re feeling brave enough.

 Thanks as ever for a great service.

Contrasting delights in Zurich
P & L - East Sussex

Dear Andrew and Jeanette,

We had a great time in Zurich. The Hotel Opera was again welcoming, friendly and well organised-an excellent choice.

The Charpentier Medee was simply superb. A simple but effective set, and a subtle production with some great visual gags- the Corinthian cricket team, Busby Berkeley and Marlene Dietrich all appeared at some point. Musically it was  fabulous. William Christie is one of the great musicians of the age and he brought all his intelligence, empathy and charisma to the score. Every nuance was there and the players responded brilliantly to his hugely cheerful enthusiasm. Stephanie D'Oustrac as Medee was mesmerising. By turns charming, amusing, loving, commanding and deeply terrifying. A performance for the ages. It was in truth one of the best evenings we have ever had. Christie, D'Oustrac and and the cast and the players created something truly magical.

Lucia di Lammermoor was a great treat of a different kind. Nello Santi at 86, probably the last survivor of the golden age of Italian opera,  produced a masterclass. A great young cast with a superb Lucia  clearly enjoyed the space Santi created for them to develop their roles- not that this was a sluggish performance. It moved with pace and elan but nothing felt rushed. The 20 minute ovation which ended with almost everyone standing was richly deserved.

Zurich has a great programme and I'm sure all your clients would enjoy it.

Best wishes

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