Professional Lecturer to accompany the tour Tickets for the Metropolitan Opera House Guided visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA & THE ART GALLERIES OF NEW YORK
Under the direction of Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera is embarking on a new golden age with the world’s finest singers flocking to New York every season to perform on its distinguished stage. The high definition live broadcasts to cinemas around the world have brought new audiences to its productions but nothing, of course, can compare with the real thing. Three performances together with visits to the city’s major museums and galleries combine to create a perfect cultural experience.
The tour includes a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to discover some of its recently-opened, impressive galleries such as the HJ Heinz Gallery where the Met’s collection of French paintings now hangs. You will go to the Frick Collection to see the industrialist Henry J Frick’s art collection, displayed in the elegant Beaux Arts mansion where he lived. At MoMa you enjoy one of the world’s greatest collections of modern art in an equally stunning building and we will make the journey to The Cloisters, an outpost of the Met overlooking the Hudson, to see the spectacular collection of European mediaeval art and architecture. There will also be a backstage tour of the Met which will introduce you to the intricate workings of one of the world’s busiest, biggest and best opera houses.
Manon by Massenet (26 March)
One of the Met’s favourite sopranos, Anna Netrebko takes the title role as the woman who wants everything and ends up with nothing. Piotr Beczala is Des Grieux; Fabio Luisi conducts this co-production between the Met, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, La Scala, Milan and the Theatre du Capitole de Toulouse.
L’elisir d’amore by Donizetti (27 March)
A constellation of dazzling bel-canto stars join forces in this charming romantic comedy. Juan Diego Florez is the simple Nemorino and Diana Damrau the wilful and scheming Adina. Mariusz Kwiecien is Belcore and Alessandro Corbelli is Dulcamara, purveyor of the eponymous elixir!
Macbeth by Verdi (29 March)
American baritone Thomas Hampson makes his house debut in the title role, and German soprano Nadja Michael takes the role of his scheming and power-mad wife Lady Macbeth. Gianadrea Noseda conducts.
Dates and Costs
25 March 2012
5 nights From : £ 2196.00 per person
What is included? • Return scheduled flights from London to New York • Five nights’ accommodation on a room only basis at the 4* Affinia 50 on East 50th Street • Three tickets for the Metropolitan Opera (2nd category stalls – all seats have uninterrupted views of the stage) • Two dinners (one at the Met’s Grand Tier restaurant) • All transfers, entrance fees, gratuities and sightseeing • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer NB: Some travel in New York is by taxi.
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