Easter at the Met

Let New York City sweep you up in a springtime embrace with an action-packed Easter of opera and art, and a splash of floral colour. Join long-time New York local Frédérique Barbier as she takes you to some of the best productions of The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016/17 season. In addition to world-class operatic performances by singers including Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming and Anna Netrebko, be enthralled by some of the best collections of modern and contemporary art. For light relief, feast your eyes on a magnificent display of Brooklyn’s iconic cherry blossoms. This has to be New York at its very best.

Suggested departure from Australia with Qantas; arrive in New York late-afternoon on the same day.

After breakfast, join Frédérique for a talk on the performances you will be attending over the next few days. Then enjoy a guided visit of the new Whitney Museum of American Art, which contains the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art. The new building was designed by architect Renzo Piano and is situated between the High Line and the Hudson River in the Gansevoort (Meatpacking) district. After a welcome lunch, the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

This evening’s performance of the Metropolitan Opera’s La Traviata is conducted by Nicola Luisotti, and stars Sonya Yoncheva and Carmen Giannattasio as Violetta, Atalla Ayan (in his Met debut) as Alfredo, and Plácido Domingo as Giorgio Germont.


The first part of the morning is at leisure before transferring to the Lincoln Center for a matinée performance of Aida. This production features Krassimira Stoyanova in her first Met performances of the role of Aida, while Violeta Urmana sings Amneris, and tenor Riccardo Massi sings the hero Radamès. The opera is conducted by Daniele Rustioni, in his Met debut.

Return to the hotel following the performance in the late afternoon. The evening is at leisure.


Enjoy a full-day tour to Brooklyn, one of New York City’s five boroughs, which in recent years has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination, and has become a thriving hub of postmodern art and design. Go on a guided visit of the excellent Brooklyn Museum, famous for its ancient and modern art collections, and world-class temporary exhibitions. After lunch, walk across to the 100-year-old Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, home to more than 200 cherry trees of some 42 species, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside Japan. Depending on weather conditions, the Asian flowering cherries bloom from late March or early April to mid-May so they will be in all their springtime glory. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. The evening is at leisure.


After breakfast, enjoy an early-access guided tour of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), often identified as the most influential (and certainly one of the largest) museums of modern art in the world. The museum’s collection offers an overview of modern and contemporary art, including works of architecture and design, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, illustrated books and artists’ books, film and electronic media. The rest of the morning and afternoon is at leisure.

Before going to the Met, join Damien for a talk on tonight’s and tomorrow’s performances.

This evening, the Met’s first new production of Der Rosenkavalier since 1969 will be conducted by Music Director James Levine and directed by Robert Carsen. Renée Fleming will sing one of her signature roles as the Marschallin, opposite Elīna Garanča as Octavian. A co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Turin’s Teatro Regio, the cast also includes Günther Groissböck as Baron Ochs, Erin Morley as Sophie, Marcus Brück as Faninal and Matthew Polenzani as the Italian Singer.


Enjoy a full day at leisure to visit a favourite store, museum, gallery or sight before joining the group for an early farewell dinner at The Met’s splendid ‘Grand Tier’ restaurant. After dinner, sit back and enjoy a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. In this superb production conducted by Robin Ticciati, Anna Netrebko will reprise one of her greatest successes in recent years in the role of the heroine, Tatiana, paired with Swedish baritone Peter Mattei as Onegin.


Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Suggested return flights to Australia with Qantas leaving New York in the early-evening via Los Angeles, and arriving in Australia early-morning on Friday, 21 April. Same-day onward connections to other cities.


Per person, twin-share

AUD 6,650

Single supplement*

AUD 1,350

Deposit (per person) at time of booking

AUD 750

Upgrade to Orchestra Premium

AUD 650

*Single travellers may request to share.
Please advise at time of booking.

Final payment due

06 February 2017

Tour code


Fitness level

Please see booking conditions for fitness level definitions.


Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance.


Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa for the US. Renaissance Tours can assist you with these arrangements.

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in centrally located hotel with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L=Lunch, D=Dinner). Wines with meals
  • Orchestra Prime tickets for four Metropolitan Opera performances (optional upgrade to Orchestra Premium available for AUD 650 – please advise at time of booking)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout in comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • International flights
  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
  • Travel insurance (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotel

The Warwick New York

 NB. Hotel of a similar standard may be substituted