MET Ring Cycle: April 29 - May 4, 2019
Richard Wagner’s towering four-part tetralogy will return to the MET in the spring of 2019. Great Performance Tours has offered consistently sold-out Tours for each of the MET Rings in recent years, and we do not want to disappoint our Wagnerian ‘aficionados’ for this eagerly anticipated revival. The MET’s concise schedule is spread over six nights, with a relaxing break before each of the longest, last two operas.
Our package will include the four operas; a cocktail reception on our first evening and three pre-opera dinners on the subsequent performance dates; a Metropolitan Museum pass (allowing free entry at your own convenience), and of course the accommodations and the evening transfers. You will be free on the two non-RING evenings to plan independent activities.
Our accommodations (for six nights) will be at the private New York Athletic Club (NYAC), beautifully located on Central Park South (59th street at 7th Avenue). The NYAC offers pleasant, comfortable bedrooms and many advantages of a large, private club: a spacious dining room overlooking Central Park from the 11th floor; friendly bars on the main floor and in the second-floor Tap Room which serves convenient meals; the best-equipped large swimming-pool and sauna/steam room complex in the city; extensive health-club features and exercise equipment; and a relaxing library with a wide collection of books and current journals. There are several appealing cafés and restaurants in the immediate neighborhood, and Carnegie Hall is only one block away from the 58th street rear entrance.
The MET’s RING is a dramatic production first unveiled in 2012. Originally staged by the innovative Canadian, Robert Lepage, whose operatic credentials include the celebrated Canadian Opera Co. double-bill of ‘Bluebeard’s Castle’ and ‘Erwartung’, and the MET’s acclaimed production of Berlioz’ ‘The Damnation of Faust’. He has also been closely associated with Montreal’s renowned ‘Le Cirque du Soleil’, where he has directed several of their dazzling multi-media presentations. The set designer is Lepage’s frequent collaborator Carl Fillion – also Canadian – whose concept has been clearly stated in this personal credo: “I like to transform the scenic elements that move and turn, on stage, in full view of the audience. My main visual signature as a designer can be found in the way I sculpt the space and keep it in motion.” The revival’s associate director is Neilson Vignola.
The Swiss Wagnerian interpreter Philippe Jordan (currently Music Director of the Opéra National de Paris) will be the conductor of the MET’s majestic orchestra, the pre-eminent ensemble among all of the U.S. opera houses. As always, the MET has assembled a superlative international cast of Wagnerian interpreters for the heroic leading roles.
Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)
Double Occupancy: $5,970
Single Occupancy: $6,895