Thank you so much for your efforts on our behalf in respect of our most recent visit to Vienna. As you know we are great fans of this wonderful city and ardent admirers of the productions at the Opera House and to see Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro followed the next day by Puccini’s Tosca amounted to a quite magically wonderful theatrical experience. For us the brilliance of Mozart and the emotional drama of Puccini created for us a memorable operatic experience. Our seats on both evenings were just right, as indeed was the whole trip. You leave nothing to chance and we do thank you for making the real difference.
Richard and Ann Barker
Congratulations once again to you and Karen for organizing such a magnificent programme for us all. It was three very full days but so very worthwhile. Every part of each day worked like clockwork and the family Hotel Kipping created exactly the right atmosphere. Though slightly away from the centre with the highly efficient transport system combined with the Coaches you arranged it never caused a problem. Even a Tram ride late at night on the last night after a meal out was an experience. Hans Wrege obviously runs a highly efficient organization and is quite a character. He called on us on three occasions. His tour guide Hans Dovermann was a fountain of knowledge and looked after us well on both days.
The re-built centre of Dresden was a magical place with the State Opera House the focal point. A magnificient building brilliantly restored. It was hard to imagine that under thirty years ago it was a pile of rubble.
The two Operas were a complete contrast. The Italien Girl in Algeria was absolutely superb. Beautifully staged and exquisitely sung. The stageing of The Magic Flute was a great disappointment. Far too many gimmicks and the attempt at a fantasy world fell very flat. Even the German audience found it difficult to comprehend.
As always the question is raised whereto next? Please advise me when you start to receive the programmes for spring 2009. I have an idea but will wait to hear from you. I feel we need to start the ball rolling a little earlier this next time.
Thank you for arranging our last two trips. The Milan trip was fine and much Retail therapy done! The Opera was very disappointing, very modern with only a Huge blue cube on the stage and very slow. There were three intervals and after starting at 8.00p.m. when 11.00p.m. arrived and another interval was announced, we left. Excellent seats for which, many thanks.
Bologna was excellent, marvelous opera and warm sunny weather, a great two day break. Grand Hotel Baglioni as good as ever.
Mrs. S and I did enjoy the Spring Weekend in Prague. It was all so beautifully organised, with excellent tickets to the operas, and superb transport arrangements which made the whole difference to the evening. The guided tours were such an asset too: Irene was so full of information and enthusiasm, and we saw far more in a short time than we could ever have done without her. The Palace Hotel was first-rate, and the travel information beforehand was a great help.
Where we should have been without Carol Osborn I cannot think! She was so kind and efficient, and endlessly patient with our various enquiries. She had a magic way of turning up just when we needed her and was always so calm and unflustered. Thanks to her the group was a very happy one and we enjoyed every moment.
One day I should love to go to Vienna: do please keep me on your mailing list!
Many thanks for making such successful arrangements for my time in Milan last weekend. Your agent achieved excellent seats in the stalls for the 14th, seated amongst the minimum of tourists. Speaking to others in the hotel later revealed a different story so we were able to enjoy a splendid performance without their expensive frustrations. It might be helpful for you to know if advising other Milan clients that The Last Supper is booked up until early July - though the 3hr. City tour would have included a viewing. We chose the Brera Pinacotheca instead. The Hotel was very well placed and the staff friendly. Surprisingly we thought the decor etc. rather heavy and old-fashioned but it seems that it has just been refurbished.
Just to let you known we have returned from our trip and had a wonderful time.
All your arrangements worked like clockwork and we got fabulous seats, both at La Scala (suprisingly not completely full) and also at the Fenice. You may like to put on your records that the seats in the stalls at the Fenice are very narrow and have very little leg room. Still, we enjoyed the whole exprerience.
So, just to say thanks you for all your assistance and hopefully until the next time.
We enjoyed a very good holiday with your company in Verona this year - it was excellent, especially as Italy won their semi-final in the World Cup as we were watching Carmen!!!
Because we live in Spain, it was helpful for us to book just the hotel and opera with you, enabling us to fly from Malaga to Verona.
Next year, we are thinking of going to the Puccini festival in Torre del Lago and wondered if you arranged similar holidays there with just the hotel and opera. I realise that it may not be possible, given the location of the festival but thought I would ask you anyway.
June Bird/Wendy Hunt
We have just returned from your "Spring Weekend in Prague" and wanted to thank you for such splendid organisation. It was out first holiday with JMB, but I'm sure it won't be the last. Would you specially thank our Tour Manager, Carol Osborn, who sorted everything out for us when we stupidly left our passports at the Elysee Hotel. Could you also tell Carol that our luggage arrived safely in Edinburgh at the same time as we did. Many Thanks.
Roland and Gillian York
Re: Madam Butterfly
Absolutely stunning. The humming chorus was so simple, so effective and brilliant. The performance dwarfed our other two experiences of Butterfly and the fact that Pinkerton was two thirds the height of Butterfly and eight times as round did not matter one jot except when she sang the words "you are so tall and slim"!
When collecting our tickets from the Hotel Savoia I was told that I use one of the very best ticket agencies whom they are delighted to do business with - very nice to hear but I am not at all surprised - well done.
Richard and Ann Barker
I just wanted to drop you a line, somewhat belatedly I'm afraid, to say how much my parents enjoyed their trip to Verona on 25 - 28 August, which I booked through JMB. You may recall that it was a present for their Golden Wedding Anniversary, and they had the most amazing time, and said that everything was fantastically well organised. The hotel was really good (Academia) and they enjoyed both the operas hugely and particularly commented on the pre-opera talk - they ended up going the second night as well as they had found the first one so interesting.
So, thank you for all your help and organisation - you did a great job.