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Ultimate Opera: Two Productions At The Met

Program Number: 12726RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/16/2014 - 2/21/2014; 1/11/2015 - 1/16/2015; 2/15/2015 - 2/20/2015; 3/15/2015 - 3/20/2015; 4/5/2015 - 4/10/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/16/2015; 11/15/2015 - 11/20/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: New York City, New York
Price starting at: $1,125.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Opera; Music Appreciation Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Experience the ultimate in opera as you attend performances in the world-famous Metropolitan Opera House in New York City’s Lincoln Center and get inside the exciting musical scene of America’s cultural capital.




Highlights

• Attend two performances of notable operas, and take a field trip to explore Lincoln Center.
• Enjoy presentations by professionals such as singers, an opera director, conductor, chorus master, or historian (as available).
• Study selections from great operas, and enjoy a private demonstration-performance with an outstanding professional singer.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day with lots of stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.




Date Specific Information

2-16-2014

Attend two new Metropolitan Opera productions of "Werter" by Massenet with Jonas Kaufmann scheduled to perform and "Die Fledermaus" with Susanna Phillips and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot scheduled to perform.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



1-11-2015

Metropolitan Opera Performances: "The Merry Widow" and "La Boheme"



2-15-2015

Metropolitan Opera Performances: "Don Giovanni" and "Carmen"



3-15-2015

Metropolitan Opera Performances: "Manon" and "Lucia di Lammermoor"



4-5-2015

Metropolitan Opera Performances: "Lucia di Lammermoor" and "Aida"



10-11-2015, 11-15-2015

Performances will be announced in April 2015.



Coordinated by Explore New York, Corp.




New York City

The City That Never Sleeps, The Capital of the World, The Big Apple: Whatever you call New York, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s great centers for culture, food, finance, style and entertainment, from Broadway to the Bronx.



Accommodations
Midtown hotel within walking distance of Times Square and the Theater District.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Daniel Egan

Daniel Egan has degrees in music theory from St. Olaf, the Eastman School of Music and Yale, where he is on faculty. He has appeared as soloist or ensemble singer with the New York Philharmonic, Opera Orchestra of New York, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and was in the permanent ensemble at New York City Opera. His recordings include “Sweeney Todd” with the New York Philharmonic and backup vocals for Patti Page’s "Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert.” Both earned Grammy nominations.
 
William Berger

A regular host for New York Public Radio’s Overnight Music and WNYC radio and co-host during live performances from the Metropolitan Opera House, William Berger has written several books on music and operatic composers. His books include “Wagner Without Fear” (1998), “Verdi With a Vengeance” (2000), “Puccini Without Excuses” (2005), all published by Random House.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   New Yorker Hotel
  New York 5 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 and fitness centers.
  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, 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: No
  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 3:30, Road Scholar registration is between 4:00-5:00 PM at hotel. You will be staying at New Yorker Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends by 10:30; 12:00 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
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York
  Nearest airport:  Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy
  From End of Program
  Location: New York
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Airlink
phone: 877-599-8200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

JFK & Newark: $19 from, $20 to airport LaGuardia: $15 from, $18 to airport tax, toll and tip not included.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Allstate
phone: 800-453-4099
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK & Newark $46; LaGuardia $32
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Additional $8 between peak hours (2:30 – 7:30 PM). $5 extra for airport pick-up (must call ahead). RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Carmel
phone: 800-922-7635
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Rates begin at $40 day-rate $45 night-rate for JFK, $43 day-rate $50 night-rate for Newark, $28 day-rate $35 night-rate for LaGuardia. Night rate begins 8 PM. RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dial '7'
phone: 800-777-8888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK & Newark $46; LaGuardia $31
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

RATES VARY WITH TIME OF DAY AND DAY OF WEEK BUT SHOULD ALWAYS BE PRICED PER CAR NOT PER PERSON. Tip and Toll are also required but not included in all rates. Call to reserve 24 hours in ADVANCE and confirm price.

 

JFK/LaGuardia/Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
New Yorker Rides
phone: 646-293-1658
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

JFK $65; Newark $70; LaGuardia $50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles; Newark 16.25 miles

   

Tax, toll, and tip included.

 

New Jersey-Newark

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
NJ Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15 adults, $11.25 seniors
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 

 

Distance:

 

Newark 16.25 miles

   

From Newark Airport Follow signs from baggage claim area to monorail direct to Newark Penn Station Take NJ Transit to New York Penn Station (across the street from the Hotel)

 

New York-JFK

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles

   

From JFK take AirTrain ($5) to Howard Beach (A subway $2) or Sutphin Blvd (E subway $2) to 34th Street/Penn Station.

 

New York-LaGuardia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MTA

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Below
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

LaGuardia 9.75 miles

   

Take Q33 bus to Roosevelt Avenue station ($1.00 for seniors 65 and over; $2.00 adults IN COIN.) Take the “E” Subway train DOWNTOWN to “34th Street/Penn Station.” $2.00.

 

JFK/LaGuardia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
NYC Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

See Comments
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

JFK 17 miles; LaGuardia 9.75 miles

   

Rates JFK: from airport flat rate $52 plus toll and tip LaGuardia: to/from airport, metered fare, $35 and up plus toll and tip Unless noted otherwise Taxi FARE DEPENDS ON TRAFFIC!

 
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 I-495 to Midtown Tunnel Exit East 34th Street Right onto 34th Street proceed to 8th Avenue
  FROM THE NORTHEAST I-95 to I-278 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: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, February 16)
   
 Afternoon: 3:30 Hotel check-in available. Between 4:00-5:00 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. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation and have some time to explore on your own. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.
 Evening: 6:15pm: We begin our orientation to the program and introduce staff and members of the group. We’ll review the schedule and any updates and answer any questions you may have. Following orientation we will have an optional visit the Empire State Building.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History of Opera/Learn about the opera we will see
(Monday, February 17)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room and MetroCard Registration
 Morning: Learn about the history of opera, the life of Jules Massenet and "Werther"
 Lunch: Lunch in the Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Meet people in the Opera World
 Dinner: Dine in neighborhood restaurant
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Learn more about all of the various aspects of opera and attend a performance of "Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera House (see form in the back of your packet to upgrade seats)
(Tuesday, February 18)
   
 Breakfast: Hot Breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Lectures explore various aspects of opera productions including the chorus.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own in the Neighborhood
 Afternoon: Meet people in the Opera World
 Dinner: Dine in neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Attend a Metropolitan Opera performance of Massenet's "Werther"
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Review the week thus far and learn about new media and the opera
(Wednesday, February 19)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: Discussion and critique of the previous night's performance and learn about the Met's approach to new media.
 Lunch: Lunch in Meeting Room
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon and Evening to Explore New York on your own or take in another Opera.
 Dinner: Dine on your own at your own expense
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Learn about "Die Fledermaus" and attend its performance at the Metropolitan Opera. (see form at the back of this packet to upgrade seats)
(Thursday, February 20)
   
 Breakfast: Hot Breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner
 Morning: Learn about Mozart and "Die Fledermaus"
 Lunch: Lunch in the Neighborhood
 Afternoon: Take a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera House
 Dinner: Dine in a neighborhood restaurant
 Evening: Attend a Metropolitan Opera Performance of "Die Fledermaus" by Johann Strauss, Jr.
   
Accommodations: New Yorker Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Critique & Discussion/Review of the Week/Departures
(Friday, February 21)
   
 Breakfast: Continental Breakfast in Meeting Room
 Morning: A discussion, critique and review of the week.
 Lunch: Lunch in Meeting Room
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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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