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

Dec 7 - Dec 12, 2021
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
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Performances this week: Thursday evening - Porgy & Bess Saturday matinee - Tosca

Jan 16 - Jan 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,599
Orchestra Seats 1,849
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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
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Performances this week: Thursday evening - Don Carlos Saturday evening - Tosca

Apr 17 - Apr 22, 2022
Balcony Seats 1,849
Orchestra Seats 2,149
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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
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Performances this week: Tuesday evening - Lucia di Lammermoor Thursday evening - Akhnaten

Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2022
Balcony Seats 2,099
Orchestra Seats 2,399
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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.
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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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Grand Opera: The Story of The Met
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Verdi With A Vengeance
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Puccini Without Excuses: A Refreshing Reassessment of the World's Most Popular Composer
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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
They Told Me Not To Take That Job
by Reynold Levy
The Strange Career of Porgy & Bess
by Ellen Noonan
A comprehensive account examining the opera's long history as a cultural touchstone.
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."
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(5)

This was a superb program in all respects: -- A most welcome reversion to an interesting and beautifully staged Traviata; and a stunning interpretation of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in which not only voices but acting, chorus, dancing (with its eye-opening--for me--introduction to the creativity of Camille Brown), and stage setting all combined into an incredible experience. -- I recognize that "herding cats"--dealing with the needs and impulses of a varied group in New York City where use of an unfamiliar-to-many subway system is the basic form of transportation--is a complicated responsibility. I'd like to expresss special gratitude to Karl Baudendistel for his unfailing reliability, efficiency, and above all good nature in running all the practical aspects of the program so successfully and with so much consideration. -- As always, the artists speaking to and performing for our group were excellent, and I was happy at the inclusion of one of my favorites, William Berger. The special treat was of course Sportin' Life Freddie Ballentine whose delightful personality was so entertaining as he revealed some of the reality of the opera singer's world. -- The New Yorker Hotel is unmatched in its location, including subway access, an advantage which overcomes the age of its rooms and their often-inconvenient configuration. The first-night dinner in its restaurant was good, and the breakfasts were OK. The bag lunches in our meeting room were also very satisfactory. -- Food quality in restaurants: Chef Yu--good; ABA Istanbul--OK; Tir Na Nog--rather disappointing. Note: The deli down the block, Essen, is superb for take-out. To both Karl and Daniel Egan, thank you so very much for another wonderul program! Lorraine Polik

(5)

Outstanding

(5)

I live a train ride outside New York City, but loved having 5 nights at a modest hotel near Times Square, not having to take the train home out to the suburbs after a show in the evening. I am an opera novice and just loved being submerged in the culture of it. A fabulous program with top notch speakers! Can't wait to do another one on opera in the same or different location.

(5)

I had little to no knowledge of opera and I have come away with a much better understanding, The leaders and instructors are top notch. Guest speakers provide further insight. There is a proper balance of free time. It is well organized and careful attention to every detail. This is my second Program and will definitely not be my last.

(5)

Ultimate Opera was a wonderful program! It was my first visit to NYC and what a delight. This was also my first Road Scholar trip, and the overall experience and especially the lectures exceeded my expectations. Wonderful!

(5)

In places I'd hoped to be able to give 6 stars. Imagine your best professor or instructor. Imagine that person could inspire understanding and passion about opera to the most resistant or apparently uninterested. Double or triple the impact that imaginary instructor might have had on you. Package it in the most striking of American cities and the absolute Mecca of opera: That is the experience you'll likely have.






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