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12726
New York

Ultimate Opera: Two Productions at the Met

Fulfill a dream and come to New York to attend two performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. Plus, enjoy a private demonstration by a renowned professional musician!
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Program No. 12726RJ
Length
6 days
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1,599
New York

Ultimate Opera: Two Productions at the Met

Fulfill a dream and come to New York to attend two performances at the Metropolitan Opera House. Plus, enjoy a private demonstration by a renowned professional musician!
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,599
Program No. 12726 RJ
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DATES & PRICES

Balcony Seats Orchestra Seats
Accommodation Details

Includes balcony section seating at ticketed performances.

Accommodation Details

Includes orchestra section seating at ticketed performances.

Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
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Performances thus week: Tuesday evening - Turandot Thursday evening - Die Meistersinger

Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Turandot Thursday evening - Porgy & Bess

Dec 7 - Dec 12, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Thursday evening - Porgy & Bess Saturday matinee - Tosca

Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,599
Orchestra Seats 1,849
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - La Bohème Thursday evening - La Nozze di Figaro

Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,849
Orchestra Seats 2,149
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Thursday evening - Don Carlos Saturday evening - Tosca

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,849
Orchestra Seats 2,149
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Madama Butterfly Thursday evening - Le Nozze di Figaro

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,849
Orchestra Seats 2,149
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Lucia di Lammermoor Thursday evening - Akhnaten

Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

DATES & PRICES

Balcony Seats Orchestra Seats
Accommodation Details

Includes balcony section seating at ticketed performances.

Accommodation Details

Includes orchestra section seating at ticketed performances.

Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances thus week: Tuesday evening - Turandot Thursday evening - Die Meistersinger

Nov 14 - Nov 19, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Turandot Thursday evening - Porgy & Bess

Dec 7 - Dec 12, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Thursday evening - Porgy & Bess Saturday matinee - Tosca

Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,339
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - La Bohème Thursday evening - La Nozze di Figaro

Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,529
Orchestra Seats 2,829
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Thursday evening - Don Carlos Saturday evening - Tosca

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,529
Orchestra Seats 2,829
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Madama Butterfly Thursday evening - Le Nozze di Figaro

May 15 - May 20, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,529
Orchestra Seats 2,829
Itinerary Note

Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Lucia di Lammermoor Thursday evening - Akhnaten

Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

Nov 13 - Nov 18, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

Dec 4 - Dec 9, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,949
Orchestra Seats 3,249
Itinerary Note

Performances announce spring 2022.

At a Glance

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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day with stairs. Public transportation used exclusively throughout program.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.

General Notes

Upgraded seats available. Select seating at time of registration.
Featured Expert
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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.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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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.
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William Berger View biography
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.
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Karl Baudendistel View biography
A New York City resident for more than 25 years, Karl Baudendistel loves sharing his knowledge of the city with visitors from around the world. Having spent 20 years overseeing ‘the business of show business’ for numerous Broadway and touring productions, chances are he’s been to a city near you. Karl is a member of The Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers, is a trained sommelier and was educated at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
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Tosca's Rome
by Susan Vandiver Nicassio
Tosca takes place over the course of 24 hours on 17 - 18 June, 1800. This fascinating book puts the original French play by Sardou and Puccini's masterpiece in historical perspective. Why this particular day and how did the actual historical events influence these dramatic works?
The Life and Times of Porgy and Bess: The Story of an American Classic
by Hollis Alpert
Amazon: "This is a history of "Porgy and Bess", a novel, play and Gershwin's musical. This book includes a celebration of one of America's great cultural achievements, and tells how the young George Gershwin became entranced by the operatic possibilities of cripple Porgy and his fatally flawed Bess."
The Strange Career of Porgy & Bess
by Ellen Noonan
A comprehensive account examining the opera's long history as a cultural touchstone.
Puccini Without Excuses: A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer
by William Berger
They Told Me Not To Take That Job
by Reynold Levy
Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera
by Fred Plotkin and Placido Domingo
The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Opera
by William Berger and Placido Domingo
Grand Opera: The Story of The Met
by Charles & Mirella Affron
Verdi With A Vengeance
by William Berger
Wagner Without Fear
by William Berger
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6 days
5 nights
11 meals
5 B 2 L 4 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
New York
D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Hotel check-in 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00-5:00 p.m.: After checking in at the hotel front desk, take your bags to your room. At 4:00 p.m., come to the meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your schedule when you check in.

Dinner: 5:00 p.m. at Trattoria Bianca, conveniently located inside the hotel, we’ll enjoy a plated dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase. Dinner is included even if you arrive late. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.

Evening: Orientation: 6:15 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will be using public transportation/subways exclusively throughout the program. Artists and repertoire are subject to change by the Metropolitan Opera. Periods in the daily schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Wrapping up the evening, we will set out on a walk to become familiar with the neighborhood around the hotel. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
2
History of Opera, Overview of First Opera, Lincoln Center
New York
B,L,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway; walking approximately 1 mile.

Breakfast: In the hotel meeting room, we’ll have bagels, muffins, bananas, hard-boiled eggs, cold cereals, cream cheese, jelly, butter, plus milk (regular/low-fat), orange juice, coffee/decaf, tea, water. During breakfast, we will register with the MTA for a senior citizen MetroCard (if you are 65 or over). A representative from the MTA will take your picture and a copy of your driver’s license to process your permanent MetroCard application. They will give you a temporary card to use for the week, enabling you to ride for half price. A few weeks after you return home you will receive a permanent card in the mail — your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around for half price. If you have a NYC Senior Citizen MetroCard from a previous program, please bring it with you.

Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert who will give us an overview of opera history. With another expert, we’ll have an overview of the first opera we will attend.

Lunch: In the meeting room, we’ll have a sandwich lunch with green salad and a beverage.

Afternoon: We’ll visit Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, a 16.3-acre complex that is home to 11 resident arts organizations representing the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphony, chamber music, theater, dance, film, and arts education. There are 30 indoor and outdoor facilities that welcome 5 million visitors annually. Lincoln Center is the world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming and a national leader in arts and education and community relations. A $1.2 billion campus renovation was completed in 2012.

Dinner: In a neighborhood restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
About Opera Productions, Opera People, Porgy & Bess
New York
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway; walking approximately 1 mile.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner off the hotel lobby, we’ll have a plated breakfast and order from a select menu; juice, coffee, tea included, other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: Opera began in 16th century Italy. A lot has changed since then! We’ll learn from local experts about different aspects of opera productions.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: Back at the hotel, we’ll meet people in the opera world and learn what got them where they are today.

Dinner: At a neighborhood restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Performance. We will attend the Metropolitan Opera production of Gershwin's Porgy & Bess.

DAY
4
Performance Review-Critique, The Met & New Media, Free Time
New York
B,L
New Yorker Hotel

Breakfast: In the Meeting Room.

Morning: Led by a local expert, we’ll engage in a discussion and critique of last night's performance. With another expert, we’ll examine the Metropolitan Opera’s approach to new media. Like performing arts institutions everywhere, the Met is reaching out to younger audiences. In 2006, expanding on traditional methods of promotion, the Met began placing ads in conspicuous places such as city buses, lamp posts, subways, and public telephones. Today, there are new media initiatives including filmed performances in local theaters around the country. We’ll learn what’s happening.

Lunch: In the Meeting Room.

Afternoon: Regrouping at the hotel, we’ll meet a Metropolitan Opera performer and learn what’s involved.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like. New York has literally thousands of dining options. This might be your big splurge meal or a quick bite before taking in a show.

Evening: At leisure. See and do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences.

DAY
5
Overview of Tosca, Meet a Met Performer, Performance
New York
B,D
New Yorker Hotel

Activity note: Use of New York City subway; walking approximately 1 mile.

Breakfast: In the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: We’ll be joined by an expert who will provide an overview of the opera we will attend this evening.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We'll attend a matinee performance of Puccini's Tosca at The Met.

Dinner: In a neighborhood restaurant, we’ll have a plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Evening at leisure.

DAY
6
Performance Review-Critique, Program Concludes
New York
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the Meeting Room.

Morning: With our expert, we’ll have a discussion and critique of last night's performance as well as a review of the week as a whole, ending at approximately 10:30 a.m. This concludes our program. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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