Trip Tips: Mozart to Masekela, summer festivals for all tastes

Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:42pm EDT
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(Reuters) - June 20 (Reuters) - From picnicking at Glyndebourne to tippling a Riesling in the Rheingau region of Germany, summer is a great time to relax and hear an opera or a favorite jazz performer at festivals anywhere from the Swiss alps to Johannesburg. Here is a selection highlighted by Reuters journalists.


Glyndbourne, Lewes, England, May 17-Aug 24

It's famous for its traditional English-style hamper picnics on the beautifully manicured lawns and at tables on the exterior balconies of the opera house. But it is the music-making that goes on inside that really counts. Productions this year include Strauss's "Der Rosenkavalier", Tchaikovsky's "Eugene Onegin", Handel's "Rinaldo" and Verdi's "La Traviata". But what sets the Glyndebourne regulars' hearts aflutter are the productions of Mozart for which the house is justly famous, and the two this year are "Don Giovanni" and "La Finta Giardiniera" that had its premiere in 1775 just before Mozart's 19th birthday. Tickets 50 -215 pounds ($85-$360).

Michael Roddy

Rheingau Music Festival

Various venues, Rheingau region of Germany, June 28-Sept 13   Continued...

Singers (L-R) Monika Bohinec as Magdalena, Anna Gabler as Eva, Roberto Sacca as Walther von Stolzing and Peter Sonn as David perform on stage during a dress rehearsal of Richard Wagner's opera "Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg" in Salzburg in this July 29, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler