Music in the Swiss Mountains: The Verbier Music Festival

July 30-August 4, 2019


Verbier, Switzerland is the home of one of the world’s top music festivals attracting the biggest stars not only to perform but to train the next generation of musicians. The Verbier experience means attending superb performances and going to master classes to discover the fascinating process by which music is made. Verbier also means fine food, spectacular scenery, fresh mountain air and contact with performing artists in intimate settings.


  •  Enjoy the rich musical offerings of the world-class Verbier Festival – attend four concert performances in the best seats, join masterclasses with artists such as Barbara Frittoli, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff and Susannah Waters
  • Listen to rehearsals and attend many of the free concerts in the village.
  • Learn about the festival and Swiss culture with expert Fred Plotkin and join informal discussions with like-minded travelers
  • Spend five nights in the lovely mountain resort of Verbier, with plenty of time to take in the mountain scenery
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Fred Plotkin

Fred PlotkinFred Plotkin is one of the world’s most respected opera experts and author of Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera. And Classical Music 1010: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music. He was scholar in residence at the 2012 Verbier Festival. Fred has lectured, taught, consulted and held managerial or artistic roles at some of the top opera companies, including La Scala (as a Fulbright Scholar) and the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared often on WFMT, NPR, the BBC and the national radio networks of Italy, France, Ireland, Finland and Canada.



Tuesday July 30. Welcome to the Swiss Alps
Take in views of Lake Geneva as you are transported high into the alps of French-speaking Switzerland. Check into the cozy Hotel Montpelier in the heart of Verbier and join your music-loving friends for a welcoming reception and dinner.

Hotel: Hotel Montpelier
Meals: Dinner

Wednesday July 31. Verbier Music Festival
Start your Verbier adventure with a masterclass, a traditional Swiss fondue lunch and a world class concert.   This evening we take our seats in the Salle des Combins for a performance by the Verbier Festival Orchestra with conductor Lahav Shani and pianist Denis Matsuev, performing Prokofiev’s War & Peace, Racmaninoff’s Concerto #3 and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

Hotel: Hotel Montpelier
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Thursday August 1. Verbier Music Festival
Another day of education and performances by some of the world’s top classical musicians, including a lecture from Fred Plotkin, your expert study leader. Today enjoy a walk through the town, pausing to take in the magnificent alpine scenery and the pop-up musical events throughout the town. Dinner as a group in local restaurant.

Hotel: Hotel Montpelier
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Friday August 2. Verbier Music Festival
In addition to classes and performances (one in the town church), you will have an exclusive lesson on the unique cheese traditions of this area as well as a light lunch and a glass of wine.This evening attend a performance at the Eglise de Verbier . Vadim Repin -violin , Mischa Maisky – cello and Denis Matsuev – piano, perform Tchaikovsky’s Les Saisons op.37a.   Hotel: Hotel

Hotel: Hotel Montpelier
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 Saturday August 3. Verbier Music Festival
Your last day includes a farewell meal and two glorious concerts at Salle des Combins. In the afternoon enjoy a concert version of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte performed by the young artists of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra under the direction of Stanislav Kochanovsky with the young Singers of the Verbier Festival Academy, all of whom trained throughout the 2019 festival. In the evening the closing concert of the festival is a performance by the Verbier Festival Orchestra of Mahler’s monumental “Resurrection” Symphony (no.2) conducted by Fabio Luisi

Hotel: Hotel Montpelier
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Sunday August 4 Departures
Transfer back to Geneva airport for your flight home, with your head full of gorgeous melodies and unforgettable experiences from your total immersion in music and nature.

Meals: Breakfast


Trip cost:

$6,995 per person, double occupancy
For a single room, add: $1,350


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Hotel Montpelier

Luxurious 3-star hotel located in the heart of Verbier. This mountain chalet offers fantastic views of the Swiss Alps and is less than 5 minutes’ walk to the main festival venue. The hotel offers great Swiss breakfasts, comfortable living space and very friendly service. The hotel benefits from an indoor pool, sauna and spa, a garden with terrace with sun lounges overlooking the mountains with full wifi access throughout rooms and public spaces. A friendly bar serves drinks and snacks and the front desk is open 24 hours.


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