Sonya Yoncheva, Joyce di Donato, Piotr Beczala, Oksana Dyka – the stars of the operatic firmament come out once more in a star-studded line-up at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, unrivalled by any other opera company anywhere in the world! Academy Travel is delighted to offer its 13-day opera and performance tour in the Big Apple that includes six outstanding performances at the Met, as well as a Carnegie Hall concert. We’ve secured seats in the Grand Tier for all performances, complemented by background talks and visits to a select range of galleries and museums.
Six opera performances and a concert at Carnegie Hall are included.
Dvorak’s Rusalka – A dream team delivers this thrilling score, including Sonya Yoncheva, Piotr Beczala and Czech conductor Jakub Hrůša in his Met debut
Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette – Emerging stars Nadine Sierra and Benjamin Bernheim feature in this classic combination of grand French opera and Shakespearean drama
Verdi’s Nabucco – Oksana Dyka leads this much anticipated return of Verdi’s early career hit
Mozart’s Don Giovanni – Tony Award-winning Ivo van Hove makes his Met debut with a new production of Mozart’s dark ‘drama giocosa’
Heggie’s Dead Man Walking – One of the most successful contemporary operas, Jake Heggie’s masterpiece makes it Met debut with Joyce di Donato and Latonia Moore
Puccini’s La Bohème – Franco Zeffirelli’s remarkable Met production is an undisputed classic of the modern operatic stage, starring Angel Blue as Mimi
German singer and actress Ute Lemper performs Songs for Eternity at Carnegie Hall
Days 1–2: Welcome reception. Midtown walking tour and Don Giovanni.
Day 3: Neue Museum private visit and a stroll in Central Park.
Day 4: Downtown walking tour and Nabucco.
Day 5: JP Morgan Library and Rusalka.
Day 6: Chelsea and the High Line, Carnegie Hall concert by Ute Lemper.
Day 7: Day at leisure and Dead Man Walking.
Days 8–9: MoMA private viewing, lunch at The Modern, The Frick Collection and Roméo et Juliette.
Days 10–11: Brooklyn and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Days 12–13: Farwell dinner at the Grand Tier and La Bohème.
Start & Finish
The tour begins and ends in our New York City hotel. Qantas, American Airlines, United and several other carriers offer suitable connections in and out of New York, via Dallas or Los Angeles, from most Australian cities. Contact us for quotes and bookings.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in the coming weeks. To receive a copy of the published itinerary once available, please register your interest below and we will be sure to email you a copy. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02 9235 0023.
A New York-based arts writer and critic and is currently Editor at Large for Australia’s Limelight magazine.
He began his 25-year arts career as an opera and musical theatre singer in London before moving into directing and dramaturgy. Relocating to Sydney, he transitioned into classical music retail before moving into arts journalism. His knowledge of music and music history is encyclopaedic, with a special passion for the ways in which music has always been linked to parallel socio-political and artistic movements.
Clive’s academic career started with a BSc from Imperial College in London where he first began to develop his passion for classical music. As a co-founder of influential new music powerhouse, The Bridewell Theatre, his directing credits included the 1997 world premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s first professional musical, Saturday Night, as well, as important premieres by composers like Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown and Michael John LaChiusa. In 2002, he moved to London’s National Theatre as Sir Nicholas Hytner’s music theatre consultant, a role he fulfilled for five years initiating new projects and bringing together contemporary arts practitioners from Jonathan Dove to Damon Albarn and Akram Khan.
Moving to Australia, Clive worked as Development Manager for Fish Fine Music before joining Limelight and becoming Editor in 2015. His memorable interviews include singers like Jessye Norman and Brigitte Fassbaender, and conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Daniel Barenboim, Zubin Mehta (who he interviewed in the back of a limo in New Delhi) and Riccardo Muti. As a respected musical authority, he was recruited to join the board of City Recital Hall and was in demand as an industry advisor, mentor and speaker.
In the U.S. he currently writes and reviews for Musical America, Opera News, Steinway Magazine and others, covering a wide range of topics.
When not listening to music, Clive enjoys everything about New York, from its art galleries and restaurants to walking his dog every day in Central Park.
Our four-star hotel is very conveniently located in midtown Manhattan, on 54th Street. We have booked premier-plus grade rooms. These are large and comfortable, each with modern amenities. The hotel is in walking distance of many of New York’s most popular attractions. The hotel has just completed a major renovation. The Warwick has an interesting history. It was built in 1926 for newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, primarily as a residence for his Hollywood friends, among whom was his mistress Marion Davies. Over the years guests have included James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Actor Cary Grant lived in the Warwick for 12 years.
Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate, taxis or public transport are also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required and when stated as included
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price?
Our tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
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A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.
Passport and Visa
A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
Will the tour price change?
If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.
Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.
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