The first of our annual New York Tours will mark the Opening of the Season. The operatic highlights at the MET will be the long overdue new production of Camille Saint Saëns’ dramatic opera Samson et Dalila, starring the same pairing of Roberto Alagna and Elina Garanca announced for the Opening Night of the season; and a revival of Giacomo Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West featuring the return of Jonas Kaufmann opposite Eva-Maria Westbroek in the sumptuous, authentic production. Our program will also include the brilliant Lincoln Center staging of Lerner & Loewe’s classic My Fair Lady (currently one of the hottest tickets in NY); and a Carnegie Hall Concert with Sir John Eliot Gardiner leading his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in an all-Berlioz evening. 

Our annual pre-Christmas Holiday Season Tour will take us to the MET for a trio of  not-to-be-missed performances during the period of New York’s fanciful window displays and shopping opportunities prior to Christmas and New Year’s. We will enjoy the new production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, with Music Director Yannick Nezet-Séguin in the pit and Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Florez, and Quinn Kelsey heading the cast; a revival of Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill, Il Trittico (the 100th anniversary of the premiere, and a 50th MET anniversary new role for Placido Domingo as Gianni Schicchi); and the eagerly anticipated conducting debut of Gustavo Dudamel in charge of Verdi’s towering Otello. For our fourth evening, we will celebrate the season with Handel’s Messiah in a peerless performance by the New York Philharmonic.

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.

For our NY Tours, transfers are included for all of our performances at Lincoln Center. We always walk the short distance to Carnegie Hall, the Rose Theatre at Columbus Circle, and any Broadway show at Studio 54.


Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

October 15 - 18
Double Occupancy: $3,180
Single Occupancy: $3,770

December 11 - 14
Double Occupancy: $3,180
Single Occupancy: $3,770