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Italian Trio
Puccini's splendid music in lovely surroundings
BN & KU - Forfar

Dear Andrew,
We had a wonderful time with a terrific Tosca, tremendous Turandot but, alas, a disappointing Boheme, especially Mimi who was poor. Only  a couple of very brief rain interruptions so very lucky!

Your arrangements were excellent. Splendid Hotel, very good seats and transportation fine albeit perhaps car - as from airport - might have been better than coach and car so worth at least offering such an alternative?

We were ambitious doing 3 operas in successive evenings and in future would do alternative days as 3 such late nights - around 3a.m. - a bit beyond my stamina these days! Would depend on programme I imagine so please advise details for 2018 as soon as released.

We met many delightful people of many nationalities and discovered a local connection in Lucca. As a result accommodation may be privately secured  - can you do a package excluding accommodation?

Thanks again for your exemplary services.

Italian Summer
Two-centre Puccini & Florence
JM - London

Dear Andrew, 

I hope you are well. A note to thank you for the seamless and excellent trip you arranged for me.

The hotel's were both great - especially the one In Florence.

Perfect position for exploring, given the very high temperatures.

The opera seats you chose were excellent.

And all your carefully planned logistics/tickets etc. worked like clockwork.

A class act!

Best wishes and thanks.

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!