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Music Takes to the Sea - Summer 2017

Combine the pleasure of a luxury cruise with the magic of classical music! In the Summer of 2017, PONANT will once again be joining forces with French classical radio channel Radio Classique to bring you three exceptional music cruises in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. Whether you are passionate about music or simply enjoy it, these cruises are a chance to discover or rediscover the fascinating landscapes of the Mediterranean and Northern Europe in the company of renowned classical artists.

EXCLUSIVE OFFER:  You will receive $1,400 per couple off the already-reduced PONANT Bonus Fares when you book early.

Exceptional Hosts and Performers
ALAIN DUAULT, a renowned musicologist and Radio Classic presenter, will share his knowledgeable passion for opera and music during exclusive onboard lectures. He will be joined by talented artists such as Ophélie Gaillard (cellist), Ruggero Raimondi (bass opera singer and maestro), Kathia Buniatishvili (pianist), virtuosos Gilles Vonsattel (an American pianist and winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant), and Cécile Corbel (singer and harpist in the Celtic pop folk musical genre). Rediscover indisputable masterpieces or let yourself be swept away by original compositions.

The North Sea & Baltic - Aboard Le Soléal - May 8-16, 2017
Theme:  Mozart & Company
Set sail to discover the natural sites and cities brimming history in the Baltic Sea on a unique itinerary between Portsmouth and Stockholm. On board, enjoy private recitals of Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky each evening. Come discover the natural sites and history-laden cities of the Baltic Sea with a brand new Ponant itinerary. Step aboard the Le Soléal for a 9-day cruise around northern Europe, which includes the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Sweden.

Recitals at Sea - Aboard Le Lyrial - June 6-13, 2017
Theme:  Second Piano Festival at Sea
Discover the treasures of the Eastern Mediterranean between Venice and Athens, and let yourself be swept away by the talent of famous pianists who will treat you to a private recital each evening. Discover the treasures of the Eastern Mediterranean with an exclusive Ponant itinerary. Step aboard the Le Lyrial in Venice for an 8-day cruise around three famed seas: the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean.


The MostBeautiful Ancient Sites - Aboard Le Lyrial - Sept 26 - Oct 3, 2017
Theme: Ruggero Raimondi & Friends
Join us for an 8-day cruise from Greece to Italy via the magical Island of Santorini. You will travel with the famous opera singer, 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.


After a season marked by his appearances unanimously greeted in the title role of the Barbiere di Siviglia on the Opera of Paris and on the Festival Rossini de Pesaro, Florian Sempey finds in 2015-2016 the same role, in the Opera of Rome.

Born in Albi, Gabrielle Philiponet was formed as a flutist before entering the Conservatory of Valencienne in 2003 where she was taught at the vocal class of Daniel Ottevaere who still is her teacher nowadays.

Clémentine MARGAINE graduated from the Paris Conservatory of Music with top honours, and in 2011 joined the Deutsche Oper Berlin Company playing roles such as Carmen, Princess Clarice (Prokofiev’s The Love for Three Oranges), Isaura (Tancredi, Rossini), Maddalena (Rigoletto, Verdi), Frederica (Luisa Miller, Verdi) and Anna (The Trojans, Berlioz).

Born in France of Vietnamese origin, Philippe Do made his debut with the Lyon National Opera. He sings on the most prestigious opera stages of the world : Scala of Milan, Bolchoï of Moscow, Marinsky of St-Petersburg, Lincoln Center in New-York, Opéra-Comique and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. Philippe Do is a very much sought-after singer for the beauty of his lyric tenor voice.

Her “technical fluency is unimpeachable. Her intonation … is impeccable. She plays with a ripe, absolutely luscious tone. Her use of vibrato is circumspect and period- appropriate.

Voted "ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year" at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem "Georges Enesco" Prize, Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation.



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