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March 11-18, 2024

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December 11


With La forza del destino (Davidsen, Semenchuk), Madama Butterfly (Buratto, DeShong, Polenzani), Roméo et Juliette (Sierra), Turandot (Pankratova, Kurzak), Laffont Competition Grand Finals, Jan Lisiecki piano recital at Carnegie Hall.

Tours of The Met Cloisters, The Morgan Library, Gramercy Gilded Age and Lower Manhattan. Stellar restaurants. Whitby Hotel.

No one does New York better. From our Orchestra Premium seats at The Met to our hidden gem hotel (last year, I bumped into Glenn Close, Elisabeth Moss and Amal Clooney there) to our off-the-beaten-path touring and unforgettable meals. We love this tour, and you will too.

In 2024, as always, we chose the week of the Laffont Competetion Grand Finals. It's always enjoyable to see the future stars of opera in a showcase that has spawned so many great careers, including Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Denyce Graves, Stephanie Blythe, Sondra Radvanovsky, Lawrence Brownlee, Lisette Oropesa, Jamie Barton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Nadine Sierra, and Ryan Speedo Green to name a few. We also include a recital by renowned Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, in his Carnegie Hall recital debut. We will hear dozens of succinct, characterful works by Chopin, J. S. Bach, Rachmaninoff, Szymanowski, Messiaen, and Górecki.

And of course, there will be opera. Director Mariusz Treliński delivers the company’s first new La forza del destino in nearly 30 yearsVerdi’s grand tale of ill-fated love, deadly vendetta, and family strife, stars Lise Davidsen, quite possibly the best soprano on the planet right now. The distinguished cast also features tenor Brian Jagde as Leonora’s forbidden beloved Don Alvaro, baritone Igor Golovatenko as her vengeful brother Don Carlo, mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk as the fortune teller Preziosilla, bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Fra Melitone, and bass Soloman Howard as both Leonora’s father and Padre Guardiano. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct.

Xian Zhang will condcut an Anthony Minghella production of Madama Butterfly, starring extraordinary soprano Eleonora Buratto as Cio-Cio-San. Tenor Matthew Polenzani stars as the callous American naval officer Pinkerton, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong sings the role of the steadfast maid Suzuki, and baritone Davide Luciano is the American consul Sharpless.

Yannick will conduct yet another for us, the Bartlett Sher production of Roméo et Juliette. Two singers at the height of their powers—radiant soprano Nadine Sierra and tenor sensation Benjamin Bernheim—come together as the star-crossed lovers in Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation. The cast also features baritone Will Liverman and tenor Frederick Ballentine as the archrivals Mercutio and Tybalt, mezzo-soprano Samantha Hankey as the mischievous pageboy Stéphano, and bass-baritone Alfred Walker as Frère Laurent.

Franco Zeffirelli’s dazzling production of Puccini's Turandot retakes the stage, with soprano Elena Pankratova making her Met debut as the legendary—and lethal—title princess, opposite tenor SeokJong Baek as the valiant prince who puts his life on the line to win her love. Soprano Aleksandra Kurzak stars as Liù, with bass Vitalij Kowaljow as Timur. Maestro Oksana Lyniv makes her Met debut leading Puccini’s rousing score.

In addition to this stellar slate of performances, we dine in some of New York's finest restaurants, including Le Bernardin, The Grand Tier, Lincoln Ristorante, Gramercy Tavern and the Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel.

Daily itinerary available in May.

Only 16 spaces available. Click here to register.




  • Top Category seats for 10 Mahler symphonies plus Le nozze di Figaro in Dresden

  • 12 nights in Deluxe rooms at the Steigenberger Handelshof Hotel

  • Full breakfast daily, 5 lunches and 6 dinners 

  • Private tours as listed

  • Airport-hotel transfers 

  • On-site Tour Direction

  • Comprehensive Tour Guidebook


Flights are not included in tour pricing. Return flights should be booked to Leipzig for arrival on May 17, departure on May 29.


We provide airport/rail station—hotel transfers for arrivals and departures within within 3 days of the start/end of our tour from the cities listed above. We also provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.


There is minimal walking with some stairs during the guided tours. As for all of our tours, we are happy to accommodate you regardless of your mobility level. Please make clear your mobility concerns at the time of registration. We provide transfers for group meals and performances that are beyond a 10 minute walk.


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. For more information about our travel insurance, click here.

Your Tour Director

David Merritt

David Merritt

David Merritt is the owner and founder of Aria Tours and has been leading opera groups around the globe for nearly 25 years.

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