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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Cathleen from Doylestown, PA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 04/05/15 - 04/10/15
An excellent program -- for both folks new to opera and folks very knowledgeable about opera. ALL of the presenters were FANTASTIC. I wouldn't have missed ANY of the presentations. The discussions were interesting. The only thing I didn't like was eating dinner so early (5:00 p.m.), but I understand why they were scheduled at that time. The price was reasonable, given the Met is in NYC. However, if you are especially interested in the VISUAL aspect of the operas, you should upgrade your tickets, to get closer to the stage. We plan to do it again next year.

Stefani from Philomath, OR Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 04/05/15 - 04/10/15
Great Opera! Stimulating insider lectures! Great food! Great City! All at a reasonable price. One of the best values from Road Scholar. I'm coming back again.

Nancy from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Good for those new to opera and for those who have loved it for years. Sounds too good to be true? It is true. No one in the group posed as an expert. People disagreed amicably and really listened to each other. Superb group discussion leader.

Donald from Berkeley, CA Number of programs attended: 7
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
We saw "Lucia" and "Manon": two fine performances! The people who provided guidance for the program and the teachers are all outstanding. The "students" are obviously self-selected in that they are interested in opera, so there is much to talk about. This was our 3rd experience with Explore New York as the guiding force for the program; each has been outstanding. The program of operas for next season is already available. It's worth checking out

Bob from Hartwell, GA Number of programs attended: 4
Date attended: 03/15/15 - 03/20/15
Ultimate Opera is fabulous; have done it three years in a row.

Geraldine from MANCHESTER, NH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
If you are at all interested in opera, this tour is for you, and you will come away with a deep appreciation and enjoyment of this exciting art form.

Joann from Moscow, ID Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 02/15/15 - 02/20/15
a fabulous program, excellent presenters, two great operas which we were prepped for before attending Don Giovanni and Carmen and the following morning "wrap up". Good location, very center, good food at Patrick's Restaurant in the Club Quarters Hotel on 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

James from Fruita, CO Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 01/11/15 - 01/16/15
This is a marvelous trip. By all means take this tour. You will not regret it. We will probably do it again in a couple of years.

Christine from Los Angeles, CA Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 10/12/14 - 10/17/14
This was an outstanding program entailing a wonderful introduction to Opera as well as to New York City! Christine Candland

Jeffre from Gilbertsville, KY Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
Have we experienced the life of an opera singer? Come hear one tell us her/his story. And then there is Will Berger...twice he spins his web as we are caught in it and never want him to finish. Do you know what a prompter really does during the opera? And then there is Dan...his knowledge and he tells us in such a fun way. Of course you attend the Met and is there anything like it in our country? This program is beyond anything I imagined. Come join a group of opera lovers and have a joyful time.

Gale from Hartwell, GA Number of programs attended: 12
Date attended: 04/27/14 - 05/02/14
Our second time for this program. We'll be back next year.

Joyce from Appleton, WI Number of programs attended: 6
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
I totally agree with Al from TX. The program and people involved were top notch. This was my first trip to New York and the Met. I traveled as a single-what a pleasant and safe way to experience the city and great opera.

Al from Fair Oaks, TX Number of programs attended: 26
Date attended: 03/16/14 - 03/21/14
For confirmed opera lovers or beginners who are interested in an introduction to this pinnacle form of the theater arts, this program is the perfect opportunity to experience performances at one of the world's premier opera companies and interact with experts who will provide insights into every aspect of their production and presentation.

David from Sherwood Park, AB Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
I totally recommend this program. Excellent lectures, operas, advice, and great fellow participants. A great first experience for me with Roads Scholar. Inspiring to meet two opera singers who shared so much with us!

Margaret from Novato, CA Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
If you are an opera aficionado, this is the program for you! Great talks, lectures, and fabulous operas.

Lucinda from Saskatoon, SK Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
Lectures on opera make this program very worthwhile for the less knowledgeable. David and I especially enjoyed the presentation by soprano Jolie Rocke Brown who not only discussed opera history but also sang five arias for us. She ensured that we will long remember our first Road Scholar program. We also much valued the contributions of Dan Egan, a master teacher, and Beth Greenberg, an enthusiast/director who explained how the intermeshing of the three main facets of opera (music, words, visuals) make it a complete art form. Attending two operas at "The Met" with a compatible group of participants was fun despite the uncomfortable seats (insufficient legroom for ancient knees or tall people). Dinners away from the hotel were good. However, the best part, in terms of food, was the timing of this February program to coincide with "Restaurant Week in NYC". By the time we left on Sunday, David and I had enjoyed three special menus at the Russian Tearoom, Glass House Tavern, and Circo, along with a Saturday night at the Fig & Olive. All were recommended by fellow participants whom we hereby thank!

Anita from Brookline, MA Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
Anita from Brookline, MA Number of programs attended:1 Date attended: 02/16/14-02/21/14 Just completed Ultimate Opera and loved every minute of the experience from the lectures and performances to all who participated and organized the program. From someone who is new to opera, I am looking forward to attending Boston Lyric Opera in March!

Simon from East York, ON Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This program is of the highest quality.If you love opera,you will love this program. The lecturers were at the top of the opera world and the two operas were terrific.What's not to like?

Michael from Prescott, AZ Number of programs attended: 8
Date attended: 02/16/14 - 02/21/14
This is an outstanding way to experience the Met, learn more about opera as an entertainment medium. It is an exceptional bargain, well presented and seamless.

Sharon from Saint Paul, MN Number of programs attended: 13
Date attended: 01/12/14 - 01/17/14
The Ultimate Opera Program is exceptional. The setting, opportunity to learn about opera from the professionals engaged in the Metropolitan Opera and attend two operas then discuss them afterward was fantastic. There is time to go to additional operas or other performances at the Met or elsewhere in New York. The organization of the program and staff who make it all flow seamlessly is well worth it. We plan to return for additional Ultimate Opera programs!

Janis from Enfield, CT Number of programs attended: 5
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/15/13
This was a wonderful program. so good, I will go again in the future. Two different operas will make the program different. My complements to the people who arranged the program, the speakers, especially, were outstanding. I do suggest upgrading the seats at the opera.

Cheryl from Fremont, OH Number of programs attended: 1
Date attended: 11/10/13 - 11/15/13
This is a wonderful program for opera lovers. I learned so much that will enhance my enjoyment of opera in the future. The staff were very helpful in providing suggestions and directions for doing fun things in New York City during our free time---it could not have been any better! I would highly recommend this to others!

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