Tuesday, January 21
Arrive in New York, where you are met at either LaGuardia, Newark or JFK and transferred to the 5-star Four Seasons Hotel, two blocks from Central Park between Madison and Park Avenues. Once settled into our generously-sized rooms, we enjoy a Welcome Reception in the Ty Warner Lounge before dinner at A Voce.
Wednesday, January 22
Following breakfast (included each day), we enjoy a highlights tour of the city with tour director and New York guide, Tana Ross. She will show you some of her favourite spots in the city. Lunch is included at the Gramercy Tavern.
This evening we depart to The Met for a performance of Puccini’s La bohème. Stefano Ranzani conducts this Franco Zeffirelli production, starring Maija Kovalevska, Irina Lungu and Joseph Calleja.
Thursday, January 23
Following breakfast, we depart for a tour of The Cloisters.
The Cloisters, as described by Germain Bazin, former director of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, is "the crowning achievement of American museology". It is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters—quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade—and from other monastic sites in southern France. Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals.
Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the 12th through 15th century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context. Renowned for its architectural sculpture, The Cloisters also rewards visitors with exquisite illuminated manuscripts, stained glass, metalwork, enamels, ivories, and tapestries. Lunch is included.
Tonight we return to The Met for a performance of Dvořák’s Rusalka. Rising Canadian star Yannick Nézet-Séguin is on the podium conducting a cast that includes the great Renée Fleming, Piotr Beczala and Dolora Zajick.
Friday, January 24
Following breakfast, we depart by private coach for a tour of the permanent collection at The Frick. The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb 18th century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality. Lunch is included at Bar Boulud following the tour.
We then partake in a behind-the-scenes tour at Lincoln Centre, including the Metropolitan Opera House.
This evening we attend our third performance at The Met, Puccini’s timeless Madama Butterfly. Philippe Auguin conducts the Anthony Minghella production, which stars Amanda Echalaz and Bryan Hymel.
Saturday, January 25
Enjoy the final day at leisure. In the afternoon we make our way to our final performance at the Metropolitan Opera, a matinée performance of the Bartlett Sher production of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Conductor: Maurizio Benini, with Anna Netrebko, Ramón Vargas and Erwin Schrott.
Following the performance we enjoy a Farewell Dinner at the Met’s Grand Tier Restaurant.
Sunday, January 26
Airport transfers included.