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May 22-29, 2025

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February 22


With The Queen of Spades (Yoncheva, Barakova, Urmana, Jagde), Antony & Cleopatra (Bullock, DeShong), Salome (van den Heever, DeYoung, Mattei), La bohème (Frizza; Winters, Popov) & Il barbiere di Siviglia (Akhmetshina, Swanson). Plus Evgeny Kissin & Gidon Kremer at Carnegie Hall. Superb tours and cuisine. Firmdale Whitby Hotel.

No one does New York better. From our Orchestra Premium seats at The Met to our hidden gem hotel, to our off-the-beaten-path touring and unforgettable meals. We love this tour, and you will too.

In 2025, we hear the best singers on the planet in five operas at The Met, as well as an all-star concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Evgeny Kissin (Piano), Gidon Kremer (Violin), Maxim Rysanov (Viola) and Gautier Capuçon (Cello) performing the three Shostakovich sonatas for strings.


Tchaikovsky’s macabre thriller, set against the backdrop of Tsarist Russia, is back in the Met’s atmospheric staging. Soprano Sonya Yoncheva makes her highly anticipated role debut as Lisa, the young woman who embarks on a deadly love affair with the gambling-obsessed officer Hermann, sung by tenor Brian Jagde, also in his role debut. Baritone Igor Golovatenko reprises his moving portrayal of Lisa’s fiancé, Prince Yeletsky, alongside mezzo-soprano Violeta Urmana as the spectral Countess and baritone Alexey Markov as Count Tomsky. Keri-Lynn Wilson conducts the sweeping score.


The most recent opera by preeminent American composer John Adams—a glorious adaptation of Shakespeare’s immortal drama—has its Met premiere. Following her debut in the company premiere of Adams’s El Niño in 2024, soprano Julia Bullock stars as the irresistible Cleopatra, one of theater’s most complex and captivating characters, opposite bass-baritone Gerald Finley as the conflicted Antony. Adams himself takes the podium to conduct his lyrical and richly orchestrated score, leading a new staging by groundbreaking director Elkhanah Pulitzer that transports the story of troubled romance and political strife from ancient Rome to the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s. Tenor Paul Appleby is Caesar, who goes to war with Antony, and mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong is Caesar’s sister and Antony’s forsaken wife Octavia.


Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts his first Met performances of Strauss’s white-hot one-act tragedy, which receives its first new production at the company in 20 years. Claus Guth, one of Europe’s leading opera directors, gives the biblical story—already filtered through the beautiful and strange imagination of Oscar Wilde’s play—a psychologically perceptive Victorian-era setting rich in symbolism and subtle shades of darkness and light. Headlining the new staging is soprano Elza van den Heever as the abused and unhinged antiheroine, who demands the head of Jochanaan, sung by celebrated baritone Peter Mattei. Tenor Gerhard Siegel is Salome’s lecherous stepfather, King Herod, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung as his wife, Herodias, and tenor Piotr Buszewski as Narraboth.


Puccini’s lovesick young bohemians in Franco Zeffirelli’s picturesque production are performed by Corinne Winters (Mimi) and Dmytro Popov (Rodolfo). Maestro Riccardo Frizza takes the podium.


Rossini’s effervescent comedy retakes the stage in Bartlett Sher’s madcap production. Star mezzo-soprano Aigul Akhmetshina headlines a winning ensemble as the feisty heroine, Rosina, alongside high-flying tenor Jack Swanson, in his Met debut, as her secret beloved, Count Almaviva. Baritone Andrey Zhilikhovsky stars as Figaro, the infamous barber of Seville, with bass-baritone Peter Kálmán as Dr. Bartolo and bass Alexander Vinogradov as Don Basilio rounding out the principal cast. Giacomo Sagripanti conducts.

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

Only 16 spaces available. Click here to register.



Upon arrival at your NYC-area airport, you are met and transferred to the Firmdale Whitby Hotel.

19.00 Meet in the lobby and enjoy a Welcome Dinner at Il Tinello.


10.00 Following breakfast (included each day), we enjoy a highlights coach tour of Manhattan.

13.30 back to the hotel.

17.45 Meet in the lobby and transfer to the Metropolitan Opera for pre-performance dinner at the Grand Tier before The Queen of Spades (20.00 curtain).


Enjoy the morning at leisure.

12.15 Meet in the lobby and transfer to the Metropolitan Opera for John Adams's Antony and Cleopatra (13.00 curtain).

16.00 Early dinner is included at Lincoln Ristorante between performances.

19.30 Back to our seats at The Met for Salome by Richard Strauss (20.00 curtain).


Enjoy another morning at leisure.

14.15 Transfer to The Met for a matinée performance of Puccini’s beloved La bohème (15.00 curtain).

18.00 Meet at lower level parking garage doors and transfer to our special dinner in the Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel.


10.00 Meet in the lobby and depart for a tour of the Cloisters, a jewel of a museum north of Central Park, which specializes in European medieval art and architecture. Governed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, it contains a large collection of medieval artworks shown in the architectural settings of French monasteries and abbeys.

14.00 Back to the hotel.

18.30 Meet in lobby and transfer to dinner at Café Carlyle.


10.00 This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Morgan Library. A complex of buildings in the heart of New York City, The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan (1837– 1913), one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States.

13.15 Lunch is included at Keen's, one of New York's oldest and best steakhouses.

18.15 Gather and depart for The Met and Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. 19.00 curtain.


10.00 Depart for a highlights tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

13.30 Farewell Lunch at Harry Cipriani.

19.15 Walk to Carnegie Hall for a concert by Evgeny Kissin, Gidon Kremer, Maxim Rysanov and Gautier Capuçon  (20.00 curtain). Dmitri Shostakovich composed just a single, unforgettable sonata for each principal string instrument. In this concert, pianist extraordinaire Evgeny Kissin welcomes an all-star group of musicians to perform all three.


Airport transfers included; timings announced on-site.




  • Top Category seats for 5 operas and 1 concert

  • 7 nights in Deluxe rooms at the Firmdale Whitby Hotel

  • Full breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 5 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 New York (or Newark) for arrival on May 22, 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.

David Merritt

Your Tour Director

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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