New York remains the mecca for discerning arts-travelers who recognize the rewards of live performances showcasing the world’s leading singers. 

During the second week of April, we have found an exceptional four-night program of three operas at THE MET and an all-Mahler concert at Carnegie Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas (MTT) conducting the San Francisco Symphony. The operas will be Tchaikovsky’s lyric melodrama Eugene Onegin, incomparably cast with Anna Netrebko and Dmitry Hvorostovksy as the protagonists; Beethoven’s only work for the stage – Fidelio – featuring Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as a courageous Leonore opposite Wagnerian tenor Klaus Florian Vogt as the enchained prisoner Florestan; and the MET’s spectacular production of Verdi’s most popular ‘grand opera’, Aida

Our program in early May will also extend over four nights in order to embrace apair of MET operas – a new production of Richard Strauss’s Viennese comedy Der Rosenkavalier starring Renée Fleming as the Marschallin and Elina Garanca as the rose-bearing Octavian; and Richard Wagner’s gripping psychological music-drama Der Fliegende Holländer, with German bass/baritone Michael Volle as the Dutchman and the MET’s recently announced new Music Director, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, in the pit. For our third evening, we are pleased to include a diversified evening of dance by the revered New York City Ballet, which gave us the surprise popular hit of last season’s NY spring holiday. Finally, our May program will culminate with the MET’s eagerly anticipated 50 Years at Lincoln Center: A Gala Celebration.

Accommodations for four nights for both holidays 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. 

A cocktail buffet or dinner will be enjoyed on the first evening of each weekend, which will provide an opportunity to meet other members of the Tour. On our last evening, dinner will be arranged in one of the interesting restaurants in the Lincoln Center or Carnegie Hall area.  

We are pleased to offer you a Guest Pass to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street.  Your pass will allow for free entry at your own convenience into the extensive permanent galleries and all exhibitions not requiring a reserved ticket.

Transfers are included for all of our performances not at Carnegie Hall. (The Club is only one block of easy walking distance from Carnegie Hall.)

All MET Opera performances are now performed with MET TITLES optionally displayed on the seat in front of you, which has proven to be enormously popular.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

April 5 - 8
Double Occupancy: $2,975
Single Occupancy: $3,565

May 4 - 7
Double Occupancy: $3,350
Single Occupancy: $3,940