Met Opera House, Lincoln Center
Met Opera House, Lincoln Center

Springtime at the Metropolitan Opera

Apr 22 - 26, 2014 (Departed)
Immerse yourself in the world of opera—featuring four spectacular performances and insight from a Smithsonian expert
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Overview
Join us this spring and immerse yourself in the magical world of opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City! Attend four spectacular performances, featuring excellent Orchestra Prime seating, and experience opera at its finest. Plus, prior to each performance, opera expert Arthur Kaplan presents an in-depth lecture to enhance your understanding. This popular program appeals to novices as well as long-standing opera lovers, so book soon to ensure your space.

This season, attend world-class productions including Bellini’s I Puritani, featuring Olga Peretyatko in her highly anticipated Met debut. James Levine makes his long awaited return to conduct Mozart’s beloved Così fan tutte and soprano Erin Wall stars in Strauss’s nostalgic romance Arabella. Plus, Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi leads the effervescent score of Rossini’s La Cenerentola, featuring a vocal tour de force from mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing her first Met performances of the title role, with the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming.

You’ll also go backstage to discover how the Metropolitan Opera manages the sets, costumes, and props necessary for the company’s rotating repertory. Your days are scheduled so that you can spend time at museums or sites of personal interest, and your accommodations are conveniently located just steps from Lincoln Center at the Empire Hotel. On your last night, enjoy a sumptuous farewell dinner at the Grand Tier restaurant, located inside the opera house. Limited to 30 participants.

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Itinerary
April 22 — I Puritani

Individual arrivals in New York City at the Empire Hotel, located across the street from Lincoln Center. Gather in the late afternoon with Arthur Kaplan and depart the hotel lobby for the short walk to your welcome dinner. Mr. Kaplan provides opening remarks on Vincenzo Bellini’s I Puritani at the restaurant, then dinner is served. Depart for the short walk to the Metropolitan Opera House to attend I Puritani featuring Olga Peretyatko in her highly anticipated Met debut. (R,D)

April 23 — Così fan tutte
Enjoy a morning lecture on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Così fan tutte. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore New York City independently. This evening attend Così fan tutte, where James Levine makes his long awaited return as conductor of this production.

April 24 — Arabella
Gather for a morning lecture on Richard Strauss’s Arabella. In the afternoon take a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera to discover how the company manages the sets, costumes, and props necessary for their rotating repertory. This evening return to the Met to attend the nostalgic romance Arabella starring soprano Erin Wall.

April 25 — La Cenerentola
Gather for your final lecture by Arthur Kaplan, this one focused on Gioachino Rossini’s La Cenerentola. In the evening, gather for a festive farewell dinner at the Grand Tier, located in the lobby of the Metropolitan Opera House, overlooking the grand plaza. Following dinner, attend La Cenerentola featuring Met principal conductor Fabio Luisi, a vocal tour de force from mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato singing her first Met performances of the title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez as her Prince Charming. (D)

April 26 — Individual Departures
Individual departures from the hotel.