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Crystal River Cruises Shines a Spotlight on European Artists

It’s almost as though they were made for each other. Crystal’s musically-named ships sailing through the home region of their namesake masters. Steinway grand pianos at the heart of elegant evenings on board. The vast talents of local musical artists, whom Crystal River Cruises welcomes aboard for special performances on almost all voyages, celebrating the rich musical heritage of the destinations we explore.

And the clear, spellbinding tones of opera tenor Steffen Mullan.

Guests will find Steffan at the microphone, accompanied by a pianist, aboard nearly every Crystal River voyage, giving special performances on all five luxury ships along the Danube, Rhine, Main and Moselle rivers. It’s the high acclaim of Crystal guests that keeps him in high demand, as his unique style combines classical opera with musical theater and even pop music in a way that takes his audience on a melodious thrill ride. It’s not uncommon for his audience to feel as though they’re in a grand hall of a world-class performance while simultaneously feeling that he’s singing directly to them as in an intimate local theater.

Beyond our stages, Steffan – who is from Wales, speaks six languages, and now resides in Austria – has brought his award-winning talents to venues across the globe, performing as the official soloist of the Mahler Philarmoniker in Vienna, as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Castles of Spain, Ireland’s North West Opera, and even a command birthday performance for Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. All of this worldly experience adds a fascinating international essence to his engagements on board that further enriches the journey.

Steffan’s personal character mirrors the caliber of his talents, from the affable personality he shares with guests on board to his extensive commitment to philanthropic work that has earned him a Swiss Knighthood. His smiles are genuine, his vocal pitch is flawless and his performances aboard Crystal River Cruises are not to be missed.

Until then…

Crystal River Cruises celebrates the long legacy of art and music along the rivers of Europe in many ways. Enjoy Steffan Mullan’s performances aboard Crystal River Cruises, which further celebrate the musical and artistic heritage of the regions we sail with complimentary Signature Events on nearly every sailing. Private and VIP experiences in culturally and historically significant venues including theaters, castles and museums offer Crystal guests extraordinary experiences in the heart of this epicenter for the arts.

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