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 George Gershwin’s American classic, Porgy and Bess; Giuseppe Verdi’s Shakespearean tragedy, Macbeth, starring Anna Netrebko and Zeljko Lucic as the protagonists; and the revival of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot in the sumptuous Franco Zeffirelli staging with Christine Goerke in the title role. Our fourth performance will be the exciting Gala Opening Night of Carnegie Hall’s new season, when the revered Cleveland Orchestra will be conducted by Music Director Franz Welser-Möst in works by Beethoven and Richard Strauss. 

Our annual pre-Christmas Holiday Season Tour will take us to the MET for a pair 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. Richard Strauss’s Viennese comedy, Der Rosenkavalier, will return under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, featuring Camilla Nylund in her debut assignment as the Marschallin; and Tchaikovsky’s gripping music-drama of Imperial Russia, The Queen of Spades, will be revived for the first time since 2011. A change of pace will take us to Carnegie Hall for a Recital by the versatile mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who will be accompanied at the piano by the MET’s Yannik Nézet-Séguin in an all-Schubert afternoon.  For our fourth performance, we will attend a thrilling program by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater at New York’s City Center. 

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, the City Center, and any Broadway show at Studio 54.

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Prices Per Person (Air Fare not Included)

October 3 - 6
Double Occupancy: $3,380
Single Occupancy: $4,060

December 12 - 15
Double Occupancy: $3,380
Single Occupancy: $4,060