Sydney Opera Tour 2019


Register before 1 April and save $200 off the standard package price!


Join us in Sydney and experience the magic of Opera at the Sydney Opera House. Staying at the 5-star, Westin Sydney, each morning will begin with a buffet breakfast followed by a lecture with your tour leader. These lectures are designed to provide you with insight and in-depth knowledge of the performance you will be attending that evening. Enjoy your afternoons exploring Sydney at leisure before re-joining the group each evening for a performance at the Sydney Opera House.  

There is always strong interest in our Sydney Opera Tours so register now as spaces are limited. Registration closes Sunday April 8.

Tour package includes:

  • Fours nights twin-share accommodation (single room can be purchased for an additional fee)
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Performances tickets to Schubert & Liszt, West Side Story and Valer Sabdus
  • Daily lecures with your tour leader
  • Transfers between accommodation and Sydney Opera House

Please note: Flights, airport transfers, meals other than breakfast, items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities, and any excursions not specified on the itinerary are not included.


  • 22 - 26 August 2019
  • Early Bird Tour price: $3,560 NZD / person twin-share
  • Single Supplement: $480 / person
  • Sydney
  • Tour led by Martin Rummel

Tour Itinerary

Tour theme: Opera and Classical Music

Thursday 22 August 2019

Welcome to Sydney! You can arrive at any time during the day, as there are no activities planned today.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Included Activities: there are no planned activities today
  • Meals Included: there are no meals included today


*Please note that hotel check-in isn’t available until 3pm so you may want to keep this in mind when selecting your flight arrival time.

Friday 23 August 2019

After breakfast, join your tour leader for a lecture and insight into this evenings performance.

This evening you will depart your accommodation with the group and transfer to the Sydney Opera House to see a 8:00pm performance of Schubert & Liszt – Simone Young’s Visions of Vienna. Simone Young shows us Schubert’s Vienna with pianist Louis Lortie and the infernal visions of Liszt’s Dante Symphony.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Performacne: Schubert & Liszt at Sydney Opera House
  • Meals Included: breakfast

Saturday 24 August 2019

After breakfast, join your tour leader for a lecture and insight into this evenings performance.

This evening you will depart your accommodation with the group and transfer to the Sydney Opera House to see a 7:30pm performance of West Side Story. Hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time, the genius of West Side Story‘s creators is unquestioned. The remarkable collaboration between Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim and Jerome Robbins produced a timeless masterpiece.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Activities: West Side Story at the Sydney Opera House
  • Meals Included: breakfast

Sunday 25 August 2019

After breakfast, join your tour leader for a lecture and insight into todays performances.

This evening you will depart your accommodation with the group and walk to Sydney Recital Hall to see a 5pm performance by Valer Sabdus. With his crystal clear, agile and shining soprano voice, Valer Sabadus is well established within the ranks of the world’s top countertenors. Join Pinchgut Opera as Erin Helyard conducts the Orchestra of the Antipodes (“Australia’s finest Baroque band” — Bachtrack) alongside this star countertenor for an evening of Vivaldi, Hasse, Porpora and more.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Performances: Valer Sabadus at Sydney City Recital Hall
  • Meals: breakfast

Monday 26 August 2019

There are no activities planned for the final day. You may like to fly home today or extend your stay and enjoy some extra time in Sydney.


  • Accommodation: Hotel (1 night)
  • Performances:  There are no performances today
  • Meals: breakfast

Please note: accommodation check-out is 11:00am

Your Tour Leader

Associate Professor Martin Rummel

Associate Professor Martin Rummel

Head of Music, University of Auckland

Born in 1974, Martin Rummel is not only the last pupil of the legendary William Pleeth, but also with over 40 CD albums on labels such as Naxos, Capriccio and Musicaphon one of the most distinguished cellists of his generation. As a soloist and chamber musician he regularly performs with orchestras and at festivals and venues throughout Europe, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. Recent seasons saw concerts at venues such as the Vienna Musikverein as well as at “alternative” venues (eg Klärchens Ballhaus in Berlin) alongside concerto engagements with orchestras such as the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the the Orquestra Sinfónica de Chile, the Orquestra Filarmónica de Santiago and Die Kölner Akademie. Chamber music concerts led to collaborations with artists such as Dimitri and Vovka Ashkenazy, Walter Auer, Alfred Brendel, Nicolas Deautricourt, Mei Yi Foo, Homero Francesch, Lena Neudauer, Menahem Pressler, Norman Shetler, Hugo Ticciati and many other renowned musicians of all generations.

Not only because of his editions of all major cello etudes for Bärenreiter-Verlag he is a well-respected pedagogue and is regularly invited to give masterclasses all over the world at institutions such as the New England Conservatory and the Longy School in Boston, the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen, the Orchesterzentrum in Dortmund, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Universidad de Chile, the University of Andrews or the Internationale Sommerakademie Lenk, to name only a few. Furthermore he is a passionate ambassador for classical music – as such he is the owner and mastermind of paladino media, with four CD labels (KAIROS, paladino music, Orlando Records and Austrian Gramophone), a publishing house and a distribution company being one of Europe’s most diversified business in the classical music industry.

Since the mid-1990s, he owned or had various famous instruments on loan, by makers such as Matteo Goffriller (“Sabatier”, 1690), Giacomo Zanoli (1737), Tommaso Balestrieri (1778), Georges Chanot (1840), and the “Ex Tolbecque” by Gustave Bernardel (1898). He currently enjoys playing a cello by Martin Horvat, Cremona 2010. For all his instruments, he uses hand-made strings by Thomastik-Infeld, Vienna.

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