The Vancouver Opera Guild welcomes you back to its popular spring tour to New York featuring four productions at the Metropolitan Opera with excellent seating in the Grand Tier Balance section.

Accommodation is at the 4-star Park Central Hotel on Seventh Avenue at 56th Street in midtown Manhattan and within easy walking distance of Lincoln Center. The hotel features Central Market, a grab-and-go shop offering an assortment of light fare plus a bar and lounge. Wi-Fi and access to the 24-hour fitness centre are complimentary. Several family-run restaurants serving breakfast, lunch and dinner are in the immediate vicinity.

Madama ButterflyMadama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini
Soprano Eleonora Buratto takes on the touchstone title role of the tragic geisha following earlier Met successes as Norina in Don Pasquale and Liu in Turandot. Tenor Brian Jagde is the callous American naval officer who betrays her, alongside mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as her devoted maid Suzuki and baritone Davide Luciano as the consul Sharpless. Alexander Soddy conducts Anthony Minghella’s evocative, ever-popular staging.

Eugene Onegin by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ailyn Pérez has excited Met audiences in several of operas benchmark soprano roles, and she adds another one this season as Tatiana, the naïve young girl who grows into a sophisticated beauty in Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous opera of unrequited love. Baritone Igor Golovatenko returns on the heels of an impressive 2019 Met debut in The Queen of Spades to sing the title role of the urbane nobleman who rejects Tatiano, much to his later dismay: star tenor and audience favourite Piotr Beczala is the hot-headed Lenski.

Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel
A model of virtuosity and versatility, soprano Elza van den Heever further expands her Met repertoire, adding the noble heroine of Handel’s grand Baroque drama Rodelinda. Harry Bicket, a champion of the composer’s operas, takes the podium to conduct the Met’s moving production which also stars mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, countertenors Iestyn Davies and Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Paul Appleby and bass-baritone Adam Plachetka.

Don Carlos by Giuseppe VerdiFor the first time in company history, the Met presents the original five-act French version of Verdi’s epic opera of doomed love among royalty, set against the backdrop of the Spanish Inquisition. Yannick Nézet-Séguin leads a world-beating cast of opera’s leading lights, including tenor Matthew Polenzani in the title role, soprano Sonya Yoncheva as Elisabeth de Valois, and mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as Eboli. Bass Gűnther Groissböok and bass-baritone John Relyea are Philippe II and the Grand Inquisitor and baritone Etienne Dupuis rounds out the all-star principal cast as Rodrigue


TOUR INCLUDES

  • Return airfare Vancouver to New York
  • Airport transfers in New York
  • 6 nights accommodation at the Park Central Hotel, 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)

TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE

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


TOUR SCHEDULE

Mon. Mar. 21:Vancouver - New York
Morning departure via Air Canada non-stop to New York’s Newark Airport. On arrival, transfer to the 4-star Park Central Hotel, located on Seventh Avenue at 56th Street, a short walk from Lincoln Center.

Tue. Mar 22:New York
Free day.
Welcome reception at the hotel late this afternoon.

Wed. Mar. 23: New York
7:00 p.m. performance of Madama Butterfly..

Thu. Mar. 24:New York
7:00 p.m. performance of Rodelinda.

Fri. Mar. 25:New York
7:00 p.m. performance of Eugene Onegin.

Sat. Mar. 26:New York
12:00 p.m. performance of Don Carlos.

Sun. Mar. 27:New York – Vancouver
Morning at leisure. Afternoon transfer to Newark Airport for an evening non-stop flight with Air Canada to Vancouver.


TOUR COST
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. $860


RESERVATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking with balance due by January 12.
For bookings made after January 12, full payment is required at time of booking.


CANCELLATIONS
The deposit of $500 is non-refundable from date paid. For cancellations received after January 12, any refund is subject to the amount actually recovered from the suppliers.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
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.


OPERA TICKETS
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.


DOCUMENTATION
A valid passport is required.
Current Met Opera safety measures include a mandatory vaccination policy. Updates will be provided


For further information, please contact:
Elisabeth Dawson 604-922-8008 or
Genny MacLean (Great Expeditions) 604-738-5535


PRICES

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 (August 2021).We reserve the right to adjust the tour cost if there are exceptional price changes beyond our control.

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