Experience spectacular opera performances with prime seating at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House accompanied by an opera expert

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Springtime at the Metropolitan Opera

5 days from $3,395

Experience spectacular opera performances with prime seating at the iconic Metropolitan Opera House accompanied by an opera expert

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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? 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

Part of the pleasure of the opera tours is meeting other opera lovers from around the country.

- Judith W.

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Overview

Immerse yourself in the magical world of opera at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City! Experience four spectacular performances, featuring Orchestra Prime seating, and enjoy in-depth lectures by an opera expert.

Highlights Include:

  • Performances: Attend three star-studded opera performances by Giuseppe Verdi––Rigoletto, Aida, and Falstaff––plus Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold.​
  • Behind the Scenes: Go backstage and discover how the Metropolitan Opera manages the sets, costumes, and props necessary for the company’s rotating repertory.
  • Immersive Discussions: Enjoy in-depth discussions on the operas you will see with opera expert Arthur Kaplan. 
  • Accommodations: Stay at the Empire Hotel, located just steps from Lincoln Center. 

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? 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

Part of the pleasure of the opera tours is meeting other opera lovers from around the country.

- Judith W.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in New York City, Rigoletto

Gather with Smithsonian Journeys Expert Arthur Kaplan in the hotel lobby and depart for the short walk to your welcome reception and dinner location. Enjoy opening remarks by Arthur Kaplan on Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, followed by dinner.

This evening attend Rigoletto. Verdi’s tragic jester returns in Michael Mayer’s neon-bedecked, Las Vegas-themed production. Baritone Roberto Frontali performs the title role and soprano Nadine Sierra reprises her portrayal of Gilda, the role that helped launch her now-blossoming Met career. Tenor Bryan Hymel is in the role of the lascivious Duke while Nicola Luisotti conducts. (R,D)

Day 2 — Aida

Enjoy breakfast independently at the hotel each morning. Attend a late morning lecture by Arthur Kaplan on Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. The remainder of the morning and afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the sites of New York City with dinner independently.

This evening attend Aida. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky sings in the title role, with mezzo-soprano Olesya Petrova as Amneris. Plácido Domingo takes the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

Day 3 — Backstage at the Metropolitan Opera House, Falstaff

Gather for a morning lecture with Arthur Kaplan on Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff. After lunch independently enjoy a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera House. The remainder of the afternoon and dinner are on your own.

This evening attend Falstaff. Richard Farnes conducts Robert Carsen’s insightful production—which moves the action to postwar England in the 1950s—featuring an exceptional cast, including soprano Helena Dix as Alice and soprano Golda Schultz as Nannetta, while baritone Ambrogio Maestri returns to his larger-than-life portrayal of the title role.

Day 4 — Das Rheingold

Attend a lecture by Arthur Kaplan on Richard Wagner’s Das Rheingold followed by lunch independently.

Rejoin the group for a matinee performance of Das Rheingold. Wagner’s visionary initial installment of the Ring Cycle depicts the original sin of the theft of the sacred golden treasure, the vanity of the gods, the greed of the Nibelungen, the fratricide of the giants, and the building of Valhalla. Bass-baritone Greer Grimsley sings the role of Wotan, the conflicted lord of the gods. Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton sings her first Wagner role at the Met as Wotan’s embattled wife, Fricka.

After the performance return to the hotel. In the early evening gather in the hotel lobby and depart for your festive farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 5 — Depart N.Y. for home cities

Individual departures from the Empire Hotel. Hotel checkout time is at noon.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)