The Vienna State Opera at Sea

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    The Vienna State Opera at Sea

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 20 September 2018 to 27 September 2018
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Venice
    Arrival Port : Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

    • Ref : Y200918

    In partnership wth RADIO CLASSIQUE

    Discover the most beautiful towns on the Italian coast with our partner Radio Classique and the exceptional presence of Alain Duault. With this brand new PONANT itinerary focused on music, artists from the Vienna Opera join us aboard.  

    Over 8 daysLe Lyrial will sail the Adriatic and the Tyrrhenian Sea via the island of Malta, for a cruise combining history and culture.  

    From Venice, the Serenissima, you will call at different Italian sites including Bari, a town located in the magnificent Puglia region.  

    Then, Le Lyrial will head for the island of Malta, where you will call at Valetta, European City of Culture for 2018. Stronghold of the Knights of the Order of Malta, the town is overflowing with architectural splendours and artistic treasures that you will glimpse as soon as you arrive at the port, which is one of the most beautiful in Europe.

    You will set sail to Sicily and call at Catania. This city situated on the slopes of Mount Etna has been destroyed 7 times by the volcano’s eruptions! A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a city of incomparable cultural richness.

    Before reaching Civitavecchiayour ship will head for the Amalfi Coast, the jewel of Southern Italy, where you will visit Salerno, a superb little town particularly renowned for its Duomo.

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    • A cruise featuring music, culture and history, around the Italian "boot" via Malta and Sicily;
    • In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE and Alain Duault, with the exceptional presence on board of artists from the Vienna Opera;
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Malta (named European Capital of Culture for 2018), Catania and Mount Etna, Venice, Rome;
    • Two new ports of call: Catania, at the foot of Mount Etna, for its ancient ruins and baroque churches, and Ancona, where the painter Raphael lived.

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    Staterooms & Suites

    • Superior Stateroom
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    • Deluxe Stateroom
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    • Prestige Deck 4
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    • Prestige Deck 5
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    • Prestige Deck 6
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    • Deluxe Suite
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    • Prestige Deck 5 Suite
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    • Privilège Suite
    • Grand Deluxe Suite
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    • Grand Privilege Suite
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    • Owner's Suite
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    Privilège Suite

    • Area : 36 m²
    • Capacity : up to 2 guests per stateroom
    • 8m² private balcony
    • Individually-controlled air-conditioning
    • King-size bed or twin beds
    • Bathtub
    • Minibar
    • Flat screen
    • Satellite TV
    • Desk with stationery
    • Ipod™ players
    • Video on demand
    • Safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Bath robes
    • Satellite direct line telephone
    • 110/220 volts outlet
    • French bath products
    • 24hr room service
    • Internet access wifi.
    Reference rate, per person  based on  double occupancy.   




    Fourth ship in this superb series loyal to the PONANT spirit, Le Lyrial like her sisterships embodies the subtle alliance between luxury, intimacy and wellbeing which is PONANT’s signature. The elegance of her exterior and interior lines and her intimate size (only 122 staterooms and suites) make this a rare and innovative yacht on the cruise market.


    Interior Design
    We have been inspired by the destinations we visit and decided to create a subtle variation around a palette of blues. Ranging from the luminous delicate grey-blue of the Polar ice to splashes of the vivid turquoise blue found in Mediterranean coves, it also includes the blue light of the future pole star.



    Port of call & excursions

    20 September 2018 – Ancona


    Embarkation 20/09/2018 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 20/09/2018 at 18H00 .

    Proud and eternal, Venice has reigned on its lagoon ever since the 6th century. You may think you know this city before even setting foot here. You will inevitably fall in love with the charm of the innumerable treasures of the Serenissima: Saint Mark’s square, the basilica, Doges palace, the Grand Canal and the gondolas. Yet, secret Venice is also waiting for you to explore its little interlacing streets and canals, to ramble through its squares and to push open the doors of its churches. The city’s extraordinary heritage shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a glass of Spritz and a few tramezzini.

    21 September 2018 – Ancona

    21 September 2018 – Ancona

    Arrival 21/09/2018 midday. Departure 21/09/2018 late afternoon.

    Situated on the promontory of Monte Conero, Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, offers visitors all the charm of a typical Italian historical city. Founded by the Greeks in 390 BC and conquered by Julius Caesar in 49 BC, Ancona has a long history that was very much shaped by its harbour, a hub attracting different populations and cultures. When your ship calls here, take the time to discover the city’s many buildings, such as the cathedral dedicated to Judas Cyriacus and its façade made of white and pink marble, the Arch of Trajan, which is considered to be the port’s main embellishment, or the 15th century mansion where the painter Raphael was born and raised.

    22 September 2018 – Bari

    22 September 2018 – Bari

    Arrival 22/09/2018 midday. Departure 22/09/2018 late afternoon.

    Extending out along a fertile plain facing the Adriatic Sea amid infinite landscapes sculpted by the water and wind, Bari bears the traces of the peoples which, over the centuries, have conquered it, settled it, or simply visited it fleetingly before making their way to faraway lands. Though its exact origins are lost among the mysteries of archaeology, the many sites here provide evidence of the town’s rich past. The Saracens, Byzantines, Normans and Swabians have left a trace here, each bringing their own cultural baggage.  During your stop here, stroll along the minuscule streets in Bari Vecchia, the historic centre, where you will find small churches and monuments from bygone eras.

    23 September 2018 – At sea

    23 September 2018 – At sea

    Arrival 23/09/2018. Departure 23/09/2018.

    During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

    24 September 2018 – Valletta

    24 September 2018 – Valletta

    Arrival 24/09/2018 early morning. Departure 24/09/2018 late afternoon.

    The whole of the Maltese capital Valletta is UNESCO World Heritage listed and occupies a peninsula in the north-east of the island. From the fountain of Tritons to Saint-Elme fort, there are as many majestic streets as there are narrow staircase vennels to explore. The painted loggia and carved corbels on the tall houses will accompany you in your explorations, and you’ll rarely be bothered by traffic. Among the city’s countless monuments, you can visit Saint-John’s cathedral, the Grandmasters palace decorated with coats of arms and frescoes, not to mention the ramparts which have guarded the city since the 16th century. Arranged in terraces, the Barrakka Gardens will punctuate your promenade with a green and floral experience.

    25 September 2018 – Catania, Sicily

    25 September 2018 – Catania, Sicily

    Arrival 25/09/2018 early morning. Departure 25/09/2018 early afternoon.

    Sicily’s second city Catania is dominated by the majestic silhouette of Mount Etna. Nourishing and devastating at the same time, this giant crowned with smoke rings brought about the destruction of the city at the end of the 17th century. Catania was then rebuilt in the late Baroque style, and the many monuments of this epoch have earned its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The baroque churches of the harmonious Via dei Crociferi perfectly illustrate the riches of this architectural heritage. During your stop, be sure to visit Saint Agatha Cathedral with its apses made of lava stones, and its square decorated with a fountain of the Elephant, the animal which allegedly has the power to calm the fury of Mount Etna …

    26 September 2018 – Salerno

    26 September 2018 – Salerno

    Arrival 26/09/2018 early morning. Departure 26/09/2018 late afternoon.

    Generating a veritable explosion of intense emotions, the province of Salerno fascinates and enchants travellers. Its fascinating history will lead you to the extraordinary archaeological site of Pompeii, whose sprawling ruins provide a grandiose and moving vision of what a Roman city looked like in Imperial times. The city which was frozen in time under the ashes from the eruption of Mont Vesuvius offers you its peerless historical and cultural wealth, as well as the unique beauty of its location, which has earned it classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    27 September 2018▸26 September 2018 – Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Disembarkation 27/09/2018 at 07H30 .

    Built on an Etruscan site, between the Tyrrhenian sea and the Monti della Tolfa, Civitavecchia respires the dolce vita. This very modern and easy going town combines art and history with panache. You can also visit superb historical sites like Fort Michelangelo or the Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi. Just 80 kilometres from Rome, the town is a beautiful first step to the Italian capital.


    • The information below is current but subject to change at any time without advance notice from government authorities. Please consult your respective government agencies for visa and health information.

    • Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, PONANT will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.

    • Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.

    The Vienna State Opera at sea

    The Vienna State Opera at sea

    A cruise in partnership with Radio Classique, with Artistic Director Alain Duault on board and Dominique Meyer, Director of the Vienna Opera. He is bringing with him soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone and bass singers from this company, one of the most prestigious in the world, to perform the great arias and ensembles from Vienna Opera’s rich repertoire.




    Discover the delights of our cultural cruises where music takes centre stage, combining sumptuous scenery and exceptional artistic heritages.

    A waterborne musical journey

    Whether you are a fan of instrumental classical music or opera, or you prefer jazz or Celtic melodies, why not enjoy a different and very special experience aboard a PONANT ship? Set sail for a luxury cruise combining the charms of music and the sea.

    These cultural cruises, where the tempo is set by concerts on land or at sea as well as a series of conferences, bring together music lovers and artists around a shared passion: music.

    An exceptional selection of artists*

    Aboard the ships, our guests of honour, all well-known artists, talented performers and brilliant virtuosos will share their knowledge and their passion in an accessible and intimate way.

    According to the theme of each cruise, PONANT welcomes prestigious artists, be they pianists, violinists, singers and more.

    Come and share alongside them the refined adventure of a PONANT musical cruise.


    *See the list of guests of honour present during your cruise in the “Guests” tab.

    Guest(s) Lecturer(s)

    Alain Duault

    Alain Duault

    The novelist, poet, journalist, musicologist and radio and television presenter Alain Duault has been sharing his passion for and knowledge of classical music for more than 30 years. Considered to be one of the greatest opera specialists in France he is now President of the Prix Pelléas jury, and has been made an Officier de la Légion d’Honneur and Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.

    Alain Duault studied literature, philosophy and psycho-analysis in Paris, then musicology and piano. His first TV appearance was as a guest of Bernard Pivot for his book of poems, Colorature. This led to a number of radio programmes dedicated to classical music, notably on RTL, the radio station where Alain Duault would be “Mr Classical Music” for 22 years, before joining Radio Classique with daily slots . A role that he also took on for the France 3 television channel, presenting a number of exceptional programmes (masterclasses with Ruggero Raimondi in the Salle Gaveau, Musiques en fête at the Chorégies d d’Orange festival…).

    In 1999, he conceived and presented Intégrale Chopin (225 works, 60 pianists), broadcast on France 3. Then in 2001, he wrote and performed an ambitious and very popular show, Verdi, une passion, un destin (with Jean Piat and 250 musicians). In the wake of this success, he wrote and performed two other shows:  Victor Hugo, la légende d’un siècle in 2002 and Rencontre avec George Sand (with Marie-Christine Barrault) in 2004 and 2005.

    Alain Duault also puts his writing skills to the service of classical music. The author of a number of books, including Dans la peau de Maria Callas, (Le Passeur Editeur, 2014, pocket edition, 2017); Dictionnaire amoureux illustré de l’Opéra (Plon Gründ, 2016). Ce léger rien des choses qui ont fui, poetry (Gallimard 2017), he also writes editorials for Classica.

    Language spoken: French

    Photo credit: Laurent Rouvrais @Radio Classique 

    Dominique Meyer

    Dominique Meyer

    Director of the Vienna State Opera

    The son of a diplomat, Dominique Meyer was born in Alsace, France, in 1955 and spent his childhood in France and Germany. In September 2010 he became Director of the Vienna State Opera.

    Between 1980 and 1984 Dominique Meyer worked as a commissioner at the French Ministry of Industry, where he was in charge of the departments of electronics and computer industries; he was also involved in the planning and foundation of France’s first CD-factory (the second in the world), the MPO in Averton. From 1984 to 1986 he was an advisor in the cabinet of the Minister of Culture Jack Lang, where he was responsible for the film and cultural industries.

    From 1986 to 1988 Dominique Meyer was an advisor to the presidents of the Paris Opéra Pierre Viot and Raymond Soubie.

    In 1988 he joined the cabinet of the Minister of Culture and Communication with responsibility for film and television. From 1989 to 1990 he was general director of the Paris Opéra (Palais Garnier and Opéra Bastille). In 1991 he became a director in the cabinet of the Ministry of Communications and Media under Minister Catherine Tasca. From 1991 to 1993 he worked as an advisor in the cabinets of Prime Minister Edith Cresson and Pierre Bérégovoy with responsibility for the areas of cultural affairs and communications, youth affairs, education and sports. He subsequently held the position of general director of the Lausanne Opera from 1994 to 1999. From 1999 until the end of the 2009/2010 season he was general and artistic director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

    In the field of dance Dominique Meyer was from 1991 to 2007 president of the Ballet Angelin Preljocaj and was appointed honorary president in 2007.

    From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of the Maurice Béjart Ballet in Lausanne as well as of the Prix de Lausanne dance competition. From 2006 to 2010 he was cashier on the board of the Foundation Nureyev.

    In the field of music he was president of the French Youth Orchestra from 2001 to 2010, since 2010 he has been the orchestra’s honorary president. From 1995 to 1999 he was a member of the board of directors of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. As treasurer of the ProQuartet he organized chamber music concerts and string quartet performances. He was artistic consultant to Riccardo Muti during the founding of the Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini in Piacenza. He is currently on the board of directors of the European Music Theatre Academy (EMA) of the University of Vienna as well as of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP).

    In the fields of film and television Dominique Meyer was president of the committee "Television, drama and music" at the Centre National de la Cinématographie from 2000 to 2003 and is the author and director of the documentary film Eclats de Voix Schallende Stimmen (Resonant Voices) about Wagner’s Ring-tetralogy, with Pierre Boulez, Patrice Chéreau, Jeffrey, tate, etc.

    Furthermore Dominique Meyer was researcher at the Institute of Science and Research at Paris IX Dauphine University from 1979 to 1980, assistant in market economy at Paris XIII University from 1979 to 1982, professor and historian of economics and economic concepts at Paris III University – INALCO from 1980 to 1988, professor of economics at Lyons II University from 1986 to 1988 and lecturer for the course Master Professionel Administration de la musique et du spectacle vivant at the University of Evry, Paris until 2010.

    Dominique Meyer is currently lecturer at the Institut für Theater-, Film und Medienwissenschaft at the University of Vienna.


    Photo credit : Wiener Staatsoper - Michael Pöhn

    Susan Graham

    Susan Graham

    Susan Graham rose to the highest echelon of international performers within just a few years of her professional debut. Her operatic roles span four centuries, from Monteverdi’s Poppea to Sister Helen Prejean in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, which was written especially for her. This distinctly American artist has also been recognized throughout her career as one of the foremost exponents of French vocal music. Besides performing frequently at the Metropolitan Opera for over 25 years, she is a favorite at Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Covent Garden, Paris Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival. Among the mezzo’s many honors are Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year, a Grammy Award and an Opera News Award. Gramophone magazine has dubbed her “America’s favorite mezzo.”

    Language spoken: English

    Olga Bezsmertna

    Olga Bezsmertna

    Olga Bezsmertna completed her studies at the Kiev Academy of Music in Ukraine in 2010. She was among the finalists of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Vienna in 2010 and 2011. During her debut singing competition in Germany in 2008, she was awarded the first prize as well as the Public prize and the Puccini prize. In 2007 she had an engagement at the Oper Oder-Spree Festival. In 2006, she received an award at the International Rimsky-Korsakow Singing Competition in St. Petersburg. Furthermore, the soprano received the first prize at the international singing competition of the Bertelsmann Trust. Her repertoire includes, among others, Contessa d’Almaviva, Pamina, Donna Elvira, Fiordiligi, Micaëla, Marguerite, Nedda, Marfa (Die Zarenbraut) and Tatjana. She is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper, where she gave her debut in 2012 and sang among others: Dame (Cardillac), Pamina, 3. Norn, Rusalka, Rachel, Contessa d’Almaviva, Donna Elvira and Rosalinde. Current performances include her debut at the Deutschen Oper Berlin and at the Salzburger Festpiele. ​

    Language spoken : German, English 


    Photo credit : Iryna Buchegger

    Thomas Lausmann

    Thomas Lausmann

    Thomas Lausmann has been Head of Music at the Wiener Staatsoper since 2013 where he was solo répétiteur since 2010. Since 2008, he also works as Christian Thielemann’s musical assistant at the Bayreuther Festspielen. Proceeding his piano studies at the Hochschule für Musik Stuttgart and further studies at the Eastman School of Music (MM of Music) and Manhattan School of Music (Professional Studies in opera coaching), he was assistant conductor at the New York City Opera from 2001 to 2007, and worked as a guest répétiteur at the Washington National Opera, Houston Grand opera, San Francisco Opera and Seattle Opera. Additional positions include solo répétiteur and assistant to the head of music at the Staatsoper Hamburg, as well as assistant to the General Music Director and deputy head of music at the Komische Oper in Berlin.

    Bongiwe Nakani

    Bongiwe Nakani

    Mezzo soprano BONGIWE NAKANI was born in Cape Town. She studied at the South African College of Music and – already during her studies – won the second prize in the Shock Foundation singing competition. In 2012 the singer won the second prize and the audience prize at the Amazwi Omzantsi singing competition. The same year she performed at the Glimmerglass Festival in Lost in the Stars, Armida and Aida. In 2013, Bongiwe Nakani made her debut at the Cape Town Opera as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia (in a cooperation with the UCT Opera School) and also sang Marchesa Melibea in Il viaggio a Reims there. In 2015, Bongiwe Nakani was awardee at the renowned Neue Stimmen competition. That same year, the mezzo soprano sang Elisabetta in Maria Stuarda as well as in Four 30: Opera made in South Africa at the Cape Town Opera. As of the season 2016/2017 Bongiwe Nakani is ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper.

    Language spoken: English


    Rafael Fingerlos

    Rafael Fingerlos

    Rafael Fingerlos was born in Tamsweg (Salzburg) and completed his solo vocal training in 2013 at the Konservatorium Wien with honours. The baritone is a prize-winner of national and international competitions. In summer 2010, he sang at the Teatro Barocco festival in Altenburg the leading role in Michael Haydn’s Der Bassgeiger zu Wörgl. In 2015, he took part in the Young Singers Project at the Salzburg Festival, and in summer 2016 he worked at the Salzburg Festival in the premiere of Thomas Adès’ The exterminating angel. In February 2016, he gave his debut as Papageno at the Dresden Semperoper, in autumn 2016 he will tour as Harlekin (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Nationale Reisopera through the Netherlands. In 2017, he will give his debut at the Bregenz Festival as Moralès (Carmen), and in 2018 in Zimmerman's Soldaten at the Teatro real in Madrid. Lied and concerts play a central role in his artistic ability. From the 2016/2017 season, he is an ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper.

    Photo credit: Franz Neumayr

    Maria Nazarova

    Maria Nazarova

    Coloratura soprano Maria Nazarova was born in Ukraine. She received her vocal arts and acting training at the Russian Academy for theatre arts in Moscow. Parallel to her education at the Academy, she was an actor at the Polish Theatre in Moscow and performed on several stages in Moscow. After obtaining her diploma studies with distinction, she completed her master studies with special focus on baroque music as well as lied and oratorio at the Mozarteum Salzburg in 2011. Maria Nazarova has performed as soloist in Europe, Russia, Great Britain and is multiple awardee of different international competitions. She performed in the ensemble of the Young Singers Project at the Salzburger Festspiele. She sang Taumännchen at the Wiener Volksoper, Lisa (La Sonnambula) at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz in Munich und Despina at the Bolschoi in Moscow. Since 2015 Maria Nazarova is ensemble member of the Wiener Staatsoper as well as NOVOMATIC scholar and has for example sung Despina, Clorinda, Oscar and Barbarina here.

    Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

    Pre/Post & Overlands

    1. Before your cruise

      19/09/2018 – Venice, on your own (1 night)

      670.00 AU$ **

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      20/09/2018 – Pinault Foundation’s sites in Venice and transfer to the pier

      260.00 AU$ **

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    2. After your cruise

      27/09/2018 – Transfer from the port of Civitavecchia to Rome Fiumicino Airport

      55.00 AU$ **

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