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The Metropolitan Opera Big Event: Wagner’s Complete “Ring” Cycle

Program Number: 11941RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/4/2013 - 5/12/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $2,297.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 19; 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners    

Be there with Road Scholar as the Metropolitan Opera unveils its new production of Wagner’s “Der Ring Des Nibelungen.” These epic dramas combine mythology, philosophy and psychology with soul-stirring, dramatic music (the “Ride of the Valkyries” perhaps being the most famous segment) and are considered by many to be the pinnacle of operatic literature. The Metropolitan Opera production by visionary director Robert LePage claims to be the most ambitious production in Met history.




Highlights

• Attend all four operas of Wagner’s “Ring” featuring world renowned Wagnerian singers and conductor.
• Enjoy an expert-led, behind-the-scenes exploration of the famed Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.
• Learn more during background lectures and special presentations exclusively for Road Scholar participants.



Activity Particulars

Waking up to one mile per day with lots of stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.




Date Specific Information

5-4-2013

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Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




New York City

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Accommodations
Historic Midtown hotel, restored to Big Band-era style; walking distance to Times Square and Theater District.
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York 8 nights
 New Yorker Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.
  Contact info: 481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com
  Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: market rate Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: market rate Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in is 3:00; Register with Road Scholar at 4:00 PM in hotel meeting room You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends by 10:30; noon is check-out. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Photo I.D.
  Parking availability:
Hotel Valet parking STARTS at $35 per 24 hours. Long Term Parking at Newark Airport is as low as $15 per day. Take AirTrain as described above.
Transportation
  Train or bus availability: Many bus and train options exist for New York. The hotel is across the street from Penn Station and five blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York
  Nearest airport:  Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy
  Transportation to site: Newark Airport: NJ Transit service to Penn Station from the AirTrain Station, $11.25 for seniors. LaGuardia: New York Airport Service, $12. Taxi fare depends on traffic, $25-$50. JFK: New York Airport Service, $15, taxi $45. Flat fee. Taxi fare depends on traffic, $25-$50.
  From End of Program
  Location: New York
  Transportation from site: Newark & LaGuardia: see above. There is no flat fee taxi rate to Kennedy Airport.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
 
Driving Directions
  FROM NEW JERSEY Take the Lincoln Tunnel into Manhattan. Follow the signs to 34th Street. Turn left on 34th Street. Turn left on Eighth Avenue.
  FROM THE EAST I495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  FROM THE NORTHEAST I95 to I278 West Exit 6B toward Triboro Bridge Exit toward "RANDALLS-WARDS ISLANDS/MANHATTAN/FDR DRIVE" Merge onto Triboro Bridge Merge onto FDR Drive Exit #8 toward I495/MIDTOWN TUNNEL/East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive in New York early enough to enjoy dinner and our first performance of "Der Ring Des Nibelungen: 'Das Rheingold.'"
(Saturday, May 4)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:00pm. 4:00pm: After checking in at the hotel front desk, come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted in the lobby) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.
 Dinner: 5:00pm: Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. White and black checkered floors and shiny chrome columns enhance the all-American ambience. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation and to the performance on time. Come dressed for the Opera (casual attire is fine!).
 Evening: 6:15 - 7:00 pm Quick Orientation Meeting before heading to the Metropolitan Opera House. Meet in the hotel lobby at 7:00pm
 Evening: 8:00 Performance: "Das Rheingold." Scheduled cast: Conductor: Fabio Luisi, Freia: Wendy Bryn Harmer, Fricka: Stephanie Blythe, Loge: Stefan Margita, Fasolt: Franz-Josef Selig, Fafner: Hans-Peter König
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introductory lectures on Wagner and The Ring Cycle.
(Sunday, May 5)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: Learn the history of opera, Wagner and "The Ring Cycle"
 Lunch: Lunch in the Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Meet someone from the opera world
 Dinner: Dine in neighborhood restaurant
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Participate in a lively discussion and attend the second Ring Cycle opera "Die Walkure"
(Monday, May 6)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Discussions
 Lunch: Lunch in the neighborhood CU
 Afternoon: Put your feet up time
 Dinner: picnic
 Evening: 6:30 Attend the performance of "Die Walkure"
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Meet Opera Professionals
(Tuesday, May 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel diner
 Morning: Expert led talks
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Meet Opera Professionals
 Dinner: Dinner in a neighborhood restaurant
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Study Wagner's "Siegfried," and attend a performance at the Metropolitan Opera.
(Wednesday, May 8)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: Learn more about "Siegfried"
 Lunch: Lunch in the neighborhood
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Picnic
 Evening: 6:00 Attend a performance of Wagner's "Siegfried" at the Metropolitan Opera
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Enjoy a lively discussion of "Siegfried" and enjoy an afternoon Backstage Tour
(Thursday, May 9)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: A discussion, critique and review of the Previous night's performance
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Neighborhood
 Afternoon: 3:00 Metropolitan Opera Backstage Tour
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Learn about the Metropolitan Opera's approach to new media.
(Friday, May 10)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in the Meeting Room
 Morning: Morning lectures by opera professionals talk about the new directions the Met is taking in the media.
 Lunch: Lunch in the Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Meet a Met performer
 Dinner: On your own
 Evening: Free to continue to explore New York's many options or attend the season's last performance of "Giulio Cesare."
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8: Attend 11:00am performance of "Gotterdammerung"
(Saturday, May 11)
   
 Breakfast: Hot breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Attend performance of "Gotterdammerung"
 Lunch: On your own
 Afternoon: "Gotterdammerung" continues
 Dinner: Dinner in Coopers Tavern
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Lively wrap-up discussion
(Sunday, May 12)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in the Meeting Room
 Morning: We conclude with a lively wrap-up discussion of the week.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  New York New York Visitor's Bureau
NYC Convention and Visitor's Bureau (212) 484-1222 For additional information, visit www.nycvisit.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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