The most beautiful antique sites

8 days / 7 nights
    The most beautiful antique sites

    Cruise The Mediterranean

    from 26 September 2017 to 3 October 2017
    8 days / 7 nights

    Departure Port : Athens
    Arrival Port : Civitavecchia (Roma)

    Ship : LE LYRIAL

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    In partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE.

    PONANT invites you to experience a musical cruise on the Mediterranean, run in partnership with Radio Classique with special guest Ruggero Raimondi.

    Starting in Athens, step aboard Le Lyrial for an 8-day cruise between Greece and the majestic Italian coast.

    After the visit of Patmos, you will sail to Santorini and its white villages ornamented with blue domes. In the South of the island, you can visit the ruins of the antique city of Akrotiri buried under volcanic ash.

    Your cruise continues with a visit to Katakolon. On the slopes of Mt Cronion, you can enjoy the unique experience of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage listed Olympus archaeological site.

    In a setting of vegetation and colourful tropical flowers, of bougainvilleas and oleanders, in the shadow of the snow-topped peak of Mount Etna, Taormina casts a spell over all its visitors.


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    Special offer(s) :

    Book this cruise to take advantage of this exclusive offer of €500 per person* to spend aboard on the many activities and services available: excursions, spa, boutique, and more.

    *The €500 in on-board credit offer is per person and applies to a selection of cruises until 24 December 2016. This offer cannot be backdated or combined with any other offers.


    • A musical cruise in partnership with RADIO CLASSIQUE, with special guest Ruggero Raimondi and his friends during 6 privileged evenings. 

    • A cruise from Greece to Rome with a high concentration of must-see historical and archaeological ports of call;
    • Numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Acropolis in Athens, the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos, the Olympia site from Katakolon, Mount Etna from Taormina and its Greek theatre, Pompeii from Naples, Delphi from Itea, Rome from the disembarkation port in Civitavecchia.
    • An unforgettable crossing of the Corinth Canal.

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      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

      26 September 2017 – Delos


      Embarkation 26/09/2017 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 26/09/2017 at 20H00 .

      The Greek capital city is located on the edge of the Saronic gulf, in the east of the country. It bears a plural name in reference to the first villages that surround the Acropolis. You will be enchanted by the rocky plateau presided by its monuments listed as UNESCO World Heritage. In the city below, you can visit some of the liveliest districts in Athens: Plaka, with its maze of colourful streets, and where, in the evenings the drifting aroma of moussaka and garlic prawns will tickle your taste buds. Don’t miss anything of the city’s cultural past. Pay a visit to the National Archaeological museum, or the Cycladic Art Museum.

      27 September 2017 – Delos

      27 September 2017 – Delos

      Arrival 27/09/2017 early morning. Departure 27/09/2017 midday.

      This legendary Cyclades island of Delos stands just a few miles southwest of Mykonos. The ceremonial solemnity of this ancient holy sanctuary will not leave you indifferent. The sheer size and importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site which covers over half of the island is thrilling in itself. From the Stoa of Antigonos, the Terrace of the Lions, to the carved marble animal statues, you will make discovery after discovery, against a backdrop of the Aegean stretching to the horizon. The theatre steps on the hillside are a particularly good place from which to enjoy the expansive view.

      27 September 2017 – Patmos

      27 September 2017 – Patmos

      Arrival 27/09/2017 late afternoon. Departure 27/09/2017 late evening.

      Patmos is one of the legendary must-see islands in the Dodecanese. This is where Saint John resided, presumed author of the last book in the Bible. The cave of the Apocalypse and the Saint-John-the-Theologian Monastery are dedicated to him. These sites, which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, are located at the top of a hillside planted with vines and orchards. On the shore, the crystalline coves of Kambos and Lampi offer absolutely gorgeous swimming areas. You’ll be drawn to the bustle in Skala harbour and its taverns, famous for their fish soup and tiropita, which is a type of pasty filled with fresh Patmos cheese.

      28 September 2017 – Santorini

      28 September 2017 – Santorini

      Arrival 28/09/2017 early morning. Departure 28/09/2017 late afternoon.

      The spectacular volcanic island of Santorini stands out proud in the Cyclades. Its basalt cliffs offer particularly expansive views of the Aegean. To enjoy these views, you can head for the capital, Fira. Its floral belvederes of bougainvillea provide a bird’s-eye view of several thousand metres of coastline. Further away, the gorgeous village of Oia looks like a stairway of blue and white houses on the slopes of the volcano. In the south of the island, you will be able to visit the stunning ruins of Akrotiri, an ancient city destroyed by an eruption and covered with a thick layer of lava stone.

      29 September 2017 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      29 September 2017 – Crossing the Corinth Canal

      Arrival 29/09/2017. Departure 29/09/2017.

      The Corinth Canal cuts through the Isthmus of Corinth, turning the Peloponnese into an island as it separates the region from the Greek mainland. Inaugurated in 1893, the canal is a little over six kilometres long and enables merchant vessels and passenger to avoid a long 400-km detour around the peninsula. The two sides of the canal reach a height of approximately fifty metres. From the exterior decks, don’t miss this unique opportunity to watch the ship as it navigates along the narrow strip of water encased between tall, ochre cliffs. What an experience !

      29 September 2017 – Itea

      29 September 2017 – Itea

      Arrival 29/09/2017 midday. Departure 29/09/2017 early evening.

      Tucked away in the Gulf of Corinth, this little port is situated in continental Greece, north-west of Athens. Take an easy stroll along the old cobblestone quays, while gazing at the summits encircling the Bay of Itea. We wouldn’t be surprised if you are tempted by a visit to the Delphi Sanctuary. The sanctuary is located on a plateau on the slope of Mount Parnassus, just ten kilometres from Itea. A listed UNESCO World Heritage site, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ancient ruins are surrounded by steep mountains, and their Archaeological Museum is chock-full of cultural delights.

      30 September 2017 – Katakolon

      30 September 2017 – Katakolon

      Arrival 30/09/2017 early morning. Departure 30/09/2017 midday.

      This picturesque village stretches along the Ionian sea in the west of the Peloponnese. Its main harbour offers a vast panorama of the coastline’s wooded hillsides. Dazzling white, the church of Saint-Nicolas houses a selection of sumptuous icons to feast your eyes on. You can also pay a visit the archaeological site of Olympus on the slopes of Mount Kronos.

      1 October 2017 – Taormina, Sicily

      1 October 2017 – Taormina, Sicily

      Arrival 01/10/2017 midday. Departure 01/10/2017 late afternoon.

      Located on Sicily’s eastern coast, in the province of Messina, the seaside town of Taormina is Sicily’s Saint-Tropez, boasting heritage sites, secluded beaches and luxury shopping. You can visit its medieval centre, suspended 300 metres above sea level, where terraces offer a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea. Another vestige from its past are the ruins of the Greco-Roman theatre. This extremely well-preserved site attracts visitors who are fascinated by the natural beauty of the area which overlooks a turquoise bay.

      2 October 2017 – Naples

      2 October 2017 – Naples

      Arrival 02/10/2017 mid morning. Departure 02/10/2017 late afternoon.

      More Italian than Italy itself, Naples is the capital of the beautiful region of Campania, and is an unusual city to say the least. Its gulf, dominated by Vesuvius, is one of the world’s marvels. Built by the Greeks and then occupied by the Romans, the city has retained the memory of antiquity, as Castell dell’Ovo illustrates. But Naples has another side to it with its hustle and bustle, narrow streets, clothes hung out to dry at windows, Caravaggio paintings on the walls of a church, and incessant rumour in an sleepless city. This is a head-spinning city to visit and savour: don’t forget to eat a slice of pizza Margherita.

      3 October 2017▸2 October 2017 – Civitavecchia (Roma)

      Civitavecchia (Roma)

      Disembarkation 03/10/2017 at 06H30 .

      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.

      Music cruise

      Music cruise

      This exceptional cruise offers passengers the rare privilege of spending six evenings in the company of the great Ruggero Raimondi. He will be accompanied a group of his favourite young artists (the appreciation is reciprocal!). First, a lengthy interview with the maestro will reveal more about him. Then three master classes will be organised with Ruggero Raimondi. These will be followed by three concerts by the young artists, playing the varied repertory that they have prepared with the maestro. And of course, Ruggero Raimondi will mingle and perform opposite these young artists, giving voice to his unique art that remains very much his own."


      • Ruggero Raimondi, bass   and  maestro
      • Armelle Khourdoian, soprano
      • Antoinette Dennefeld, mezzo soprano
      • François Lis, bass
      • Thomas Dolié, barytone
      • Rémy Mathieu, tenor
      • François Weigel, piano




      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 

      Ruggero Raimondi

      Ruggero Raimondi

      When describing the career of Ruggero Raimondi we are not only talking about one of the great opera singers of his time, but an artist in the broadest sense of the word.

      Indeed, he has succeeded in making a contribution to the history of opera through memorable interpretations of characters such as Don Giovanni, the Count and Figaro in the “Marriage of Figaro”, Philippe II, Boris Godunov, Don Quixote, Falstaff, Scarpia, Mephistopheles, Attila, Don Basilio, Fiesco and Iago.

      The Italian-Monegasque bass has also not only been on television in Maurice Bejart’s “Six Characters in Search of a Singer” and “Tosca in the settings and at the time of Tosca”, but appeared in several feature films including Joseph Losey’s “Don Giovanni”,  Francesco Rossi’s “Carmen”, Andrej Zulawski’s “Boris Godunov” and Benoît Jacquot’s “Tosca”, and even appeared, not singing, in “Life is a bed of roses” directed by Alain Resnais.

      What’s more he has made recordings of all the baritone-bass roles in the repertoire and recently turned his hand to staging opera.

      Ruggero Raimondi can truly be considered as one of the leading lights in opera of the last 40 years.

      Photo credit: Nicolas Bruant

      Armelle Khourdoian

      Armelle Khourdoian

      Trained in the prestigious academies such as Atelier Lyrique de l'Opéra de Paris, Conservatoire superieur de Musique de Paris and Conservatoire de Marseille, Armelle Khourdoïan makes her debut in 2009 at Saint Petersbourg opera as l'Amour (Orphée, Gluck). She performs at Opéra Comique de Paris and at Opéra de Reims (la Fée-Marraine, Cendrillon en Vaudevilles, Laruette), at Hanoi opera, during a tour in Asia (le Feu and le Rossignol, L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel), at Théâtre du Châtelet for « Les Nuits de la Voix » (Belinda, Dido and Aeneas, Purcell), at Théâtre de l’Athénée (Lucia, The rape of Lucretia, Britten). She also sings the following roles: Silvia (L'isola disabitata, Haydn), Flaminia (Il mondo della luna, Haydn), Zerlina (Don Giovanni, Mozart), Despina (Cosi fan tutte, Mozart).

       In 2016, she makes her debut at La Scala performing le Feu, la Princesse and le Rossignol (L’Enfant et les Sortilèges, Ravel), and sings l'Amour and Clarine (Platée, Rameau) in the great Laurent Pelly and Mark Minkowski's production at Opéra National de Paris. She has performed Margot at the world premiere of Le mystère de l'écureuil bleu, M.O. Dupin, produced by the Opéra Comique de Paris, at Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, live on Arte Concert.

       In June 2014, she records « Rameau chez Madame de Pompadour » with Les Folies françoises, released under the label NoMadMusic.

       She also performs with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, at Tonhalle, under the direction of Alexandre Bloch, with Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille at « La Nuit du Classique », but also at Salle Gaveau, Amphithéâtre-Bastille, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Palais Garnier, Théâtre Impérial de Fontainebleau, Théâtre d'Orléans, Auditorium du Louvre, Palais des Princes, Cour Saint-Louis (Chorégies d’Orange), as well as Festivals like« Pablo Casals », « Musique Sacrée de Marseille », « Août Musical de Deauville », « Festival de Sainte », « Musicales de Bagatelle », « Le classique c'est pour les vieux », « Les Nocturnes de La Cathédrale de Rouen », « Midsummuer Festival », with Laurent Korcia, Kenneth Weiss, Maciej Pikulski, Anne Lebozec, Antoine Palloc, or Michel Portal.

       In the near future, she will sing for the 20th anniversary of the Adami with Orchestre National de France.

       Armelle Khourdoian has been choosen to be an Adami Artist in 2014.

      François Lis

      François Lis

      A musicology graduate from the Sorbonne, François Lis was an award-winning student at the Paris Conservatoire when he left in June 2003 to perfect his technique at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2005, he was named a “Révélation Classique” at France’s Victoires de la Musique awards.

       After several productions at the Paris Conservatoire, including L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (Seneca) and DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE (Sarastro), François Lis started to carve out an impressive career very early on. He had already sung Cold Genius in Purcell’s KING ARTHUR in Lille, Mozart’s REQUIEM at the Lyon Opera with Emmanuel Krivine, Basilio IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA on the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Plutone in Monteverdi’s L'ORFEO for the Lyon Opera, Borée LES BOREADES at the Lyon Opera and Zurich Opera, Paisiello’s IL RE TEODORO at the Radio France Festival in Montpellier, Héraut JEANNE AU BUCHER with the Lyon National Orchestra, Anselme LES PALADINS in Basel, Colline LA BOHÈME in The Netherlands, Der Sprecher DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE at the Teatro Real de Madrid directed by Marc Minkowski and at the Champs-Elysées Theatre, Berlioz’s ROMÉO ET JULIETTE in Warsaw, Jupiter PLATÉE at the Paris National Opera, the Pope BENVENUTO CELLINI and Narbal LES TROYENS at the Rhine National Opera, Don Fernando FIDELIO alongside Ben Heppner and Karita Mattila, Asdrubalde LA PIETRA DEL PARAGONE and Zuniga CARMEN at the Théâtre du Châtelet.

       He made his debut in the role of Figaro in 2007 in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO with William Christie at the Lyon Opera, a role he reprised at the Dublin Opera the same year. He recently sang the title role of DON GIOVANNI conducted by David Stern, Melisso ALCINA at the Paris Opera, Alidoro La CENERENTOLA at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, CARMEN and HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse.

       He also took part in DARDANUS at the Lille Opera, performed in PLATÉE (Jupiter) at the Paris Opera, a work he also sang for the Rhine Opera, CARMEN for his debut in the role of Escamillo at the Skopje Festival, Il Commendatore DON GIOVANNI with Jean-Claude Malgoire and CARMEN (Zuniga) in Caracas.

       Among leading lights with whom he has worked we can cite Emmanuelle Haïm, Martin Katz, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Michel Plasson, Myung Whun Chung, Emmanuel Krivine, Alain Altinoglu, Jun Märkl, Christophe Rousset, Michel Piquemal, Jérémy Rohrer Philippe Jordan, Riccardo Frizza, Daniel Oren, Marc Minkovski, Gustavo Dudamel and Paul Daniel.

       François Lis recently sang in CARMEN at the Hollywood Bowl conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and made his debut at the Milan’s La Scala in the same opera.

      After returning to the Paris Opera for ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, François Lis made his debut, and was hailed by the press and public alike for his interpretation of Marcel in LES HUGUENOTS at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels.

      The 2011-2012 season saw him in among others LA FORZA DEL DESTINO and HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE at the Paris Opera, as well as in a concert performance of PLATEE with the Talens Lyrique and Christophe Rousset and Mozart REQUIEM concerts with the Ile de France National Orchestra.

      The 2012-2013 season was an opportunity for François Lis to take part in the creation of a work by Philippe Fénelon at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre, JJR CITOYEN DE GENEVE, and saw his return to the Paris National Opera in CARMEN, L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILEGES and LA CENERENTOLA and his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in HIPPOLYTE ET ARICIE. He also sang Herod in L'ENFANCE DU CHRIST for the opening concerts of the Saint Denis Festival in May 2013. In 2014, 2015 he was in productions of Chausson’s Roi Arthus and reprised the role of Alceste in Garnier. In 2016, François also sang in Contes d’Hoffmann at the Bastille.

      Next season, François plays Zuniga in CARMEN at the Bastille, and Raimondo in LUCIA

      François Weigel

      François Weigel

      Francois Weigel studied analysis, composition, piano and chamber music at the Cologne's Musikhochschule and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris where he won several first prizes. He had advanced piano studies with Olivier Messiaen and Alexis Weissenberg.As solo concert pianist, he has played with orchestras like the Hamburg Philharmonic (Ingo Metzmacher), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Pinchas Steinberg), Philharmonique de Radio-France (Marek Janowski), Orchestre National de Lille (Paul Polivnick), the Mexico National Philharmonic Orchestra (Carlos Miguel Prieto), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Emil Tabakov), the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic (Nicolai Alexeev), the Warsaw Philharmonic (AntoniWit).

      The Paris National Opera has regularly invited him to conduct choirs, notably in contemporary productions of Adriana Mater by Kaija Saariaho, Saint François d'Assise by Messiaen.

      "A splendid soloist, as tecnically secure and musically as any.

      An incredible delight." BBC Music Magazine 12/2000

      Photo credit  : Caroline Doutre

      Thomas Dolié

      Thomas Dolié

      Since his award as « best lyrical artist of the year » at the « Victoires de la musique » 2008 , baryton Thomas Dolié pursues a rich artistic career, mixing opera and concerts.

      For the 2017/2018 season, we can hear him as Ramiro (L'Heure espagnole) at the Paris Opera, Golaud (Pelléas et Mélisande) in Heidelberg (Germany) with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Argante (Rinaldo) on a French tour with the Coopérative, Theseus (Phèdre) at the Reims Opera and Huascar (Les Indes Galantes) in Budapest.

      In concert, he plays the role of Jesus (Bach’s St Matthew Passion) on tour (Spain and Germany) with the Musiciens du Louvre led by Marc Minkowski, Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen with the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, the solo baritone role in Bernstein’s Jubilee Game with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and is also giving a Mozart recital, accompanied by pianist Olivier Godin at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal.

      Other recent engagements include Ramiro (L'Heure espagnole), the Clock and the Cat (L'Enfant et les Sortilèges) at the Cologne Opera, Abramane (Zoroastre) for the Berlin Komische Oper, Theseus (Lemoyne’s Phèdre) in Caen and at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, the count (Marriage of Figaro) with the CoOpérative, the solo baritone parts of Fauré’s Requiem with the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra and also the Gürzenich-Orchester Cologne, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah Oratorio with the Perm Opera conducted by Raphaël Pichon.

      He made his debut in Montpellier in concert as Papageno (Die Zauberföte) conducted by Marc Minkowski, a role that he then took on a world tour in an adaptation by Peter Brook.

      Recordings by Thomas Dolié include a DVD of Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes and CD of Salieri’s Les Danaïdes, recorded with Les Talens Lyriques conducted by Christophe Rousset, Lully’s Persée recorded with Concert Spirituel and Hervé Niquet, Offenbach’s Société Anonyme des Messieurs Prudents, with the Avignon-Provence Orchestra conducted by Samuel Jean, and songs by Gabriel Pierné recorded with Sabine Revault d'Allonnes and Samuel Jean.

      Photo credit : Alix Laveau

      Antoinette Dennefeld

      Antoinette Dennefeld

      Born in Strasbourg, France, Antoinette Dennefeld’s artistic education began at a very young age, and included piano, theatre and dance. After two years at the University Marc Bloch in Strasbourg, she enters the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne in 2006. During her studies, she participated in masterclasses with Dale Dusing, Christa Ludwig and Luisa Catsellani. She received the Mosetti grant two times (2008-2010) and the Richard Wagner scholarship (2009).

      She graduated from the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne and received her Master of Music (Voice) in 2011 with high honors. For her excellent results, she received the Max Jost Award, Friends of the OSR Award and the Paderewski Prize. Teh same year, she won the «Grand Prix» at the International Singing Competition of Marmande and the Third Prize and Public’s Choice at the International Singing Competition of Geneva. She also recieved in 2011 an advanced career development grant from the Leenaards Foundation.

      In concert, she has performed the solo parts in Vivaldi’s Gloria, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Mozart’s Requiem and Haendel’s Dixit Dominus both in Switzerland and France. In Lausanne, she sang the alto solo part in Bach’s St. John Passion with Ton Koopmann and the soprano solo in Stravinsky’s Pulcinella with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. With the Sinfonietta of Lausanne, she performed the mezzo role in Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky and has also sung Lieder from Mahler’s Knabenwunderhorn. Since 2009, she has been performing in recitals with the pianist Lucas Buclin as Duo Almage .In 2012, they recorded pieces by Poulenc, Aboulker, Wolf, Britten and Strauss for the Société Vaudoise des amis de l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.


      In opera, she has performed Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni at the Théâtre du Jorat in Mézières, Contessa di Ceprano and Giovanna in Rigoletto at the Avenches Opera Festival, Charmion in Massenet’s Cléopatre at the Opera of Marseille and Dorabella in Così fan tutte at the Opera Tenerife. With the Opera of Lausanne, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, the Second Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Zulma in l’Italiana in Algeri, Stéphano in Roméo et Juliette, Venus in Orphée aux Enfers, Fanny Elssler in Honegger and Ibert’s L’Aiglon and Louise in Varney’s les Mousquetaires au Couvent. At the National Opera of Lyon she has been invited as La chatte/L’écureuil in Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and most recently as Isolier in Rossini’s Le Comte Ory.


      Recently she was Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia) for her Italian debut at the Maggio Fiorentino as well as in Firenze, Oreste (La Belle Hélène) in Avignon and Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) in Montpellier, Cunégonde in the new production of Offenbach’s Le Roi Carotte staged by Laurent Pelly at the Opéra de Lyon, Werther (Charlotte) in Tenerife, La Traviata, Carmen and Cavalleria Rusticana at the Paris National Opera, Lakmé with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks...

       Among her projects, one can mention Don Giovanni (Elvira) in Lyon, Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino) in Marseille, La Clemenza di Tito at the Paris National Opera, Le Domino Noir in Liège and at the Opéra Comique , Così fan tutte (Dorabella) in Lausanne, Carmen in Dijon for her debut in the title role, Don Giovanni and Nozze di Figaro in Bologna...

      Jérémy Duffau

      Jérémy Duffau

      Jeremy Duffau is born in Saint-Germain en Laye (France) and began studying music and the Saxophone at the age of 9. At 18, he joined the International acting school FLORENT where he works drama, vocal art and ballet. During these years, he discovered his tenor voice and his passion for opera, especially when he sang Tony in the Bernstein's West side story. He then entered the conservatory of Saint-Maur in the class of Yves Sotin where he graduated three years later, the gold medal in vocal art and chamber music.He works the repertoire with a coach of Paris Opera, Claudie Martinet, and has participated in master classes with Raul Gimenez, Nicola Martinucci, Sylvie Valayre, Sabine Vatin and Felice Venanzoni.

      During the conservatory, he began singing oratorios in Paris : the War Requiem by Britten, the Dixit Dominus by Haendel, the Lauda Sion by Mendelssohn, then the Mass in C and the coronation Mass by Mozart. On stage, he sang Belfiore in La finta giardiniera by Mozart, Gontran in Les Mousquetaires aucouvent by Verney as well as Don Ramiro in the Rossini's Cenerentola .

      He started his career in concert with the french soprano Nathalie Manfrino at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and at the Massy Opera, then he sings the Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle with Julie Fuchs and Nora Gubish in a staged version, under the baton of Jean-Claude Malgoire in Tourcoing, and Poiretapée in Offenbach's Mesdames de la Halle in the Opera studio of Lyon National Opera .

      During the 15/16 season, he has sung in Il Trovatore at the Toulon Opera, Samson et Dalila and Semiramide at the Bordeaux Opera , Nabucco and Sauguet's Les Caprices de Marianne in Saint-Étienne Opera and some concert in Radio France , Monte-Carlo and Paris .

      He is also nominated to les Victoires de la musique 2016 (French Classical Awards) as " Révélation lyrique de l'année ".

      Last season he will sing the title role of Lopez's Le chanteur de Mexico in Nice Opera, Aménophis in Rossini's Moïse et Pharaon with the Cannes Orchestra, Edoardo in Rossini's la Cambiale di Matrimonio in Tourcoing and Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Rodolfo in Puccini's La Bohème ,highlights of Faust and Carmen in Marrakech (Morocco) Anna Bolena in Avignon Opera and Roméo et Juliette in ToulonOpera ...

      Possibility of withdrawal in case of force majeure.

      Pre/Post & Overlands

      1. After your cruise

        03/10/2017 – Rome, the eternal city (2 days/1 night)

        355.00 € **

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        03/10/2017 – Transfer to Rome Fiumicino Airport

        35.00 € **

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      2. Before your cruise

        25/09/2017 – Athens on your own (2 days/1 night)

        195.00 € **

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        25/09/2017 – Athens, on your own - King George Hotel (2 days/1 night)

        270.00 € **

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        26/09/2017 – Discover Athens (1 day)

        130.00 € **

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