The Vancouver Opera Guild invites you to join its spring tour to New York featuring four productions at the Metropolitan Opera with excellent seating in the Grand Tier Balance section.
Accommodation at the Watson Hotel on West 57th Street is just a short walk from Lincoln Center.It is located in a quiet residential area of Manhattan with several family-run restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in the immediate vicinity.

Der Fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
The great bass-baritone Sir Bryn Terfel returns to the Met for the first time since 2012, in the title role of the cursed sea captain doomed to sail the open ocean for eternity.Patrick Furrer conducts a new production by Franҫois Girard, whose visionary 2013 take on Parsifal set the recent Met standard for Wagner stagings.With sweeping sets by John Macfarlane, Girard’s new production turns the Met stage into a rich, layered tableau reminiscent of a vast oil painting.The gifted German soprano Anja Kampe, in her Met debut, is the devoted Senta, whose selfless love is what the Dutchman seeks, with bass Franz-Josef Selig as her father, Daland, and tenor Sergey Skorokhodov as her deserted former lover, Erik.

Tosca!Werther by Jules Massenet
Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Massenet’s tragedy, a perfect vehicle for outstanding tenors, starring Piotr Beczala, who certainly fits the bill.The magnificent mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is Charlotte, the object of Werther’s misguided affections, alongside soprano Aida Garifullina as Sophie and baritone Etienne Dupuis as Albert, in Sir Richard Eyre’s arresting production.

La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini
Rossini’s effervescent take on the Cinderella story returns, with rising star mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in the title role and tenor sensation Javier Camarena as her Prince Charming.James Gaffigan conducts the lively action, which also features bass-baritone Maurizio Muraro as the bumbling Don Magnifico, bass-baritone Christian Van Horn as the benevolent Alidoro, and baritone Davide Luciano as the wily servant Dandini.

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Soprano Anna Netrebko, whom the New York Times hailed as “magnificent” when she made her role debut as Tosca in 2018, returns as Puccini’s explosive diva, back by popular demand.Tenor Najmiddin Mavlyanov is the idealistic painter Cavaradossi, and baritone George Gagnidze completes the opera’s fatal love triangle as the sinister Scarpia.Bertrand de Billy conducts Sir David McVicar’s stunning production.

  • Return airfare Vancouver to New York
  • Airport transfers in New York
  • 6 nights accommodation at the Watson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Midtown), baggage handling and hotel tax
  • Welcome reception
  • Four opera tickets (Grand Tier Balance)
  • Vancouver Opera Guild Tour Director
  • $150 donation to the Vancouver Opera Guild ($200 for non-members)


  • Airport taxes and GST of approx. $145
  • Meals in New York and other items of a personal nature


Mon. Mar. 23:Vancouver - New York
Morning departure via Air Canada non-stop to New York’s Newark Airport. On arrival transfer to the Watson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn Midtown) on West 57th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues, just a short walk from Lincoln Center.

Tue. Mar 24:New York
Welcome reception late this afternoon
7:30 p.m. performance of Der Fliegende Holländer.

Wed. Mar. 25: New York
7:30 p.m. performance of La Cenerentola.

Thu. Mar. 26:New York
7:30 p.m. performance of Tosca.

Fri. Mar. 27:New York
Free day.

Sat. Mar. 28:New York
1:00 p.m. performance of Werther.

Sun. Mar. 29:New York – Vancouver
Morning at leisure.Afternoon transfer to Newark Airport for an evening non-stop flight with Air Canada to Vancouver.

Guild Members:Cdn. $2,935 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members:Cdn. $2,985 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Single supplement:Cdn. $990

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking with balance due by January 15.For bookings made after January 15, full payment is required at time of booking.

The deposit of $500 is non-refundable from date paid.For cancellations received after January 15, any refund is subject to the amount actually recovered from the suppliers.

We strongly recommend that tour members purchase trip cancellation/interruption insurance to protect themselves against money loss in the event of cancellation due to personal or family illness.We also offer comprehensive insurance which includes trip cancellation/interruption plus excess hospital/medical benefits, baggage and travel accident.Some exclusions for pre-existing conditions do apply.Insurance premiums are age banded.Please ask for an insurance quote at time of booking.

Seating at the Met is requested in the Grand Tier Balance section for the four opera performances.Great Expeditions is not responsible for last minute changes in the opera program nor to the performers.

A valid passport is required.
For further information, please contact:
Elisabeth Dawson 604-922-8008 or
Genny MacLean (Great Expeditions) 604-738-5535

Prices quoted in this brochure are in Canadian dollars based on a full tour, and airfares and foreign exchange rates in effect at time of printing (April 2019).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.

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