Springtime at the Metropolitan Opera
Experience Springtime in New York and spectacular opera performances with prime seating at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House!
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
The experience of wonderful opera, good lectures and discussions after the operas, good food, and New York City to entertain oneself. What could be better?”
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Part of the pleasure of the opera tours is meeting other opera lovers from around the country.”
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Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City with four glorious performances. Attend a new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux with Sondra Radvanovsky as Elizabeth I and tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role. See Giuseppe Verdi’s somber and masterful, Simon Boccanegra, with superstar Plácido Domingo and conducted by the legendary James Levine. Incomparable soprano Nina Stemme sings the heroic lead in Richard Strauss’ Elektra and legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier portrays her fearsome mother Klytemnestra. Internationally renowned soprano Kristine Opolais assumes the iconic role of Co-Co-San in Giacomo Puccini’s epic Madama Butterfly.
Enhance your experience with in-depth lectures by opera expert Arthur Kaplan prior to the performances. Enjoy excellent orchestra prime seating to experience opera at its finest. Go backstage and discover how the Metropolitan Opera manages the sets, costumes, and props necessary for the company’s rotating repertory. Admire spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall during your sumptuous farewell dinner at the Grand Tier restaurant, located inside the opera house. Your accommodations are just steps from Lincoln Center at the Empire Hotel.
Day 1 — Arrive, Roberto Devereux
Individual arrivals at the Empire Hotel. Gather with Arthur Kaplan in the hotel lobby and depart for the short walk to your sumptuous welcome dinner. Opening remarks by Arthur Kaplan on Gaetano Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky plays Queen Elizabeth, forced to sign the death warrant of the nobleman she loves, Roberto Devereux, in this climactic opera of Donizetti’s Tudor trilogy. This evening attend your first performance, Roberto Devereux. (R,D)
Day 2 — Madama Butterfly
Remarks by Arthur Kaplan on Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. This afternoon enjoy a back stage tour of The Metropolitan Opera House. Attend Madama Butterfly this evening. Anthony Minghella’s breathtaking production has thrilled audiences ever since its original premiere, with soprano Kristine Opolais in the title role.
Day 3 — Simon Boccanegra
Gather for a discussion on Giuseppe Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra. Remainder of the morning and afternoon at leisure. This evening attend Simon Boccanegra. The legendary pair of James Levine and Plácido Domingo have defined Verdi’s art for more than four decades. They demonstrate their mastery with this remarkable character study of the wise and weary Doge. The spectacular cast includes tenor Joseph Calleja and another legend, bass Ferruccio Furlanetto, as Boccanegra’s rival, Fiesco.
Day 4 — Elecktra
Enjoy your morning in New York at leisure. Gather for a discussion on Richard Strauss’ Elecktra. This evening depart for the Metropolitan Opera House for your festive farewell dinner at the Grand Tier restaurant, set within one of the most spectacular cultural destinations in the world. Dine in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. This evening attend your final opera, Elektra. Elektra’s troubled siblings, Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and bass Eric Owens, join Nina Stemme on stage, where she takes on the title role. (D)
Day 5 — Depart
Individual departures from Empire Hotel.