The first of our annual New York Tours will mark the Opening of the Season. The operatic highlights at the MET will be the glamorous Opening Night – a new production of Bellini’s Norma - starring Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato, Joseph Calleja and Matthew Rose; and a revival of Les Contes d’Hoffmann featuring the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the challenging title role. We do not often include the MET’s Opening Night, but this year’s September scheduled is hard to resist. We will also attend the season’s opening program of the New York Philharmonic, with the recently named new Music Director Designate Jaap van Zweden leading the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. Our fourth performance will be selected from the fall’s new offerings on Broadway, to be announced at a later date.  

Our annual pre-Christmas Holiday Season Tour will take us to the MET for a trio ofnot-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 Bellini’s Norma – with a different cast from September, this time with the casting coup of Angela Meade and Jamie Barton reprising their sensational Norma and Adalgisa. A second MET opera will be Massenet’s exotic rarity Thaïs, starring Ailyn Pérez as the seductive courtesan and Gerald Finley as the tempted holy man. Yet a third MET evening will be the eagerly anticipated Verdi Requiem, with James Levine leading an international quartet of soloists – Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Ferruccio Furlanetto. Our fourth evening will be a varied program (including Mozart and Brahms) by the New York Philharmonic, with Christoph von Dohnanyi on the podium and Emanuel Ax the piano soloist.   

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)

September 23 - 26
Double Occupancy: $3,180
Single Occupancy: $3,770

November 29 - December 2
Double Occupancy: $3,180
Single Occupancy: $3,770