March 30 – April 6, 2019

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 plus the Met’s National Council Grand Finals Concert.

National Council Grand Finals Concert
Some of today’s greatest singers got their start in the Met National Council Auditions including Jamie Barton, Stephanie Blythe, Renée Fleming, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Eric Owens, Frederica von Stade and Simone Osborne.Watch the 2019 finalists compete for cash prizes and the chance to launch a major operatic career while accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Rizzi.Following the concert, toast the new 2019 winners at a champagne reception on The Mercedes T. Bass Grand Tier.

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Baritone Peter Mattei stars as opera’s most notorious seducer in Mozart’s masterpiece of dark comedy.Cornelius Meister makes his Met debut conducting performances that also include soprano Guangun Yu as Donna Anna, soprano Susanna Phillips as Donna Elvira, and bass Adam Plachetka as Leporello.

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini
Rising star Jennifer Rowley sings the title role of the volatile diva at the heart of Puccini’s operatic thriller.Joseph Calleja brings his stylish tenor to the role of Cavaradossi, Wolfgang Koch is the nefarious police chief Scarpia, and Carlo Rizzi conducts Sir David McVicar’s resplendent production.

La Clemenza di Tito by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato sings Sesto at the Met for the first time, and tenor Matthew Polenzani adds yet another role to his extensive Mozartean repertoire as Tito.Mozart’s opera of vengeance and forgiveness, set during the Roman Empire, also stars sopranos Elza van den Heever as Vitellia, with Ying Fang, Paula Murrihy, and bass Christian Van Horn completing the principal cast.Lothar Koenigs conducts.

La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi
Nicola Luisotti conducts Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production, featuring a dazzling 18th-century setting that changes with the seasons.Soprano Anita Hartig plays the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Stephen Costello returns to the Met for the first time in five seasons to sing the role of Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover.Baritone Artur Rucinski is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love.


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


  • Airport taxes and GST of approx. $130
  • Meals in New York and other items of a personal nature

Sat. Mar. 30: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.

Sun. Mar 31:New York
3:00 p.m. National Council Grand Finals Concert.Mon. Apr. 1: New York
Welcome reception late this afternoon.

Mon. Apr. 1:New York
Welcome reception late this afternoon

Tue. Apr. 2:New York
7:30 p.m. performance of Tosca.

Wed. Apr. 3:New York
8:00 p.m. performance of La Clemenza di Tito.

Thu. Apr. 4:New York
8:00 p.m. performance of Don Giovanni.

Fri. Apr. 5:New York
8:00 p.m. performance of La Traviata.

Sat. Apr. 6:New York – Vancouver
Day at leisure.Afternoon transfer to Newark Airport for an evening non-stop flight with Air Canada to Vancouver.

Guild Members: Cdn. $3,170 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Non-Guild Members: Cdn. $3,220 per person based on sharing twin accommodation.
Single supplement: Cdn. $1,300

A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking with balance due by January 16.For bookings made after January 16, full payment is required at time of booking.

The deposit of $500 is non-refundable from date paid.For cancellations received after January 16, any refund is subject to the amount actually recovered from the suppliers.

Our comprehensive insurance package covers trip cancellation/interruption in the event of cancellation due to personal or family illness, excess hospital/medical benefits, baggage and travel accident.
For those under 61 years, the premium is $197.00.
From 61 to 65 years, the premium is $237.00.
From 66 - 70 the premium is $299.00,
from 71 -76 $353.00 and
for those 77+ the premium is $667.00.
Premiums are higher for those paying a single supplement.Some exclusions for pre-existing conditions do apply.Please ask for details.

Seating at the Met is requested in the Grand Tier Balance section for the four opera performances and one concert.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

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 2018).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.

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