Opera Tours


New York City 2014

January 21 - 26, 2014

L’elisir d’amore (Netrebko, Vargas), La bohème (Kovalevska, Lungu, Calleja), Rusalka (Fleming, Beczala) and Madama Butterfly (Echalaz, Hymel) at the Metropolitan Opera House.
Four Seasons Hotel.

New York seems reborn yet again. Still with the thrill and pulse it has always had, but safer and cleaner than ever.

Our 2013 tour was a huge success, and the slate of performances and superb casts for the coming season lead us to believe that the 2014 version will be no different. We will hear Donizetti’s bel canto masterpiece L'elisir d'amore featuring the beloved duo of Anna Netrebko and Ramón Vargas, Renée Fleming in one of her signature roles as the lead in Rusalka, and two Puccini masterworks: La bohème with Maija Kovalevska, Irina Lungu and Joseph Calleja, and Madama Butterfly with Amanda Echalaz and rising tenor Bryan Hymel.

Our days will be spent with New York City resident and guide Tana Ross, who will lead the group to some of her favourite off-the-beaten-path sights, walk us through the collections at The Frick and The Cloisters, and escort us behind the scenes at Lincoln Center and The Met. Tana will also ensure that you partake in some of New York's finest cuisine.

Accommodation is at the luxurious 5-star Four Seasons Hotel at 57th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. Inside this beacon of sophistication designed by I.M. Pei, you will enjoy an elegant 600 square foot room.

We hope you join us for a superb sojourn in New York City.

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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.

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Tour Includes

  • Top Category seats for 4 operas
  • 5 nights deluxe accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel (600 sq. ft. rooms)
  • Full breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 2 dinners and 1 reception
  • Private guided tours of The Cloisters, Lincoln Center, The Frick and more
  • Airport-hotel transfers
  • On-site Tour Direction by New York resident/tour guide
  • Comprehensive Tour Guidebook/Itinerary

 

Cost: $4995 USD
Single supplement: $1000 USD
Deposit: $1500 USD
Balance due: October 21, 2013

Tour Flights:

We can assist with arrangements, offering low fares and the most direct flights, for $75 per person. Flights should be booked to arrive in New York early afternoon on January 21 with departure on the morning of January 26.

Transfers:

We provide airport-hotel transfers on published arrival and departure days only. For arrivals / departures on days other than published tour dates, we can arrange transfers at cost.

Mobility:

There will be a fair amount of level walking during city/gallery tours. Transfers are provided for performances and meals beyond a 10 minute walk.

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We strongly recommend that all tour members purchase cancellation insurance upon registration. We can assist you with this, though you are welcome to purchase a policy at your own discretion.