The Ring at the Met

Spring blossoms in New York with the revival of Robert Lepage’s acclaimed 2013 production of the Ring at the Metropolitan Opera.

Renaissance Tours has secured a very limited guaranteed allocation of Orchestra Premium seats for Cycle II, with exclusive ‘Ring Leader’ status for our tour members, including a gala dinner, special backstage and rehearsal access, and invitation-only panel discussions.

In a production hailed as innovative, powerful and visually stunning, Canadian actor-writer-director Robert Lepage presents a forceful 21st century staging of the Ring, faithful to Wagner’s original vision while employing modern visual technology.

Under the baton of Philippe Jordan, Christine Goerke makes her debut as Brünnhilde at the Met, versatile German baritone Michael Volle sings Wotan, Australia’s Stuart Skelton sings Siegmund, and Austrian Heldentenor Andreas Schager is the heroic Siegfried. Audiences in 2019 will benefit from refinements in Lepage’s ideas and stage design since the production’s original staging.

In between instalments of the Ring, take the opportunity to refresh your musical palette with optional performances of the Met’s Rigoletto and Dialogues des Carmélites.

Depart Australia or New Zealand on suggested Qantas flights to New York.

Arrive in New York in the early evening and make your way to the hotel. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements.

This morning, join Scott and fellow travellers for a welcome briefing and pre-performance talk. In the afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore the cultural delights of Midtown Manhattan, or take a stroll in Central Park in its springtime bloom.

In the evening, celebrate the beginning of Cycle II of the New York Metropolitan Opera’s Der Ring des Nibelungen with a special gala dinner, exclusive to ‘Ring Leaders’ and patrons of the Met.

Following the gala, enjoy the best seats in the house for this evening’s performance of Das Rheingold, starting at 19:30.

DAS RHEINGOLD – CAST
Wotan – Michael Volle
Loge – Norbert Ernst
Alberich – Tomasz Konieczny
Fricka – Jamie Barton
Freia – Wendy Bryn Harmer
Erda – Karen Cargill
Mime – Gerhard Siegel
Fasolt – Günther Groissböck
Fafner – Dmitry Belosselskiy

(BD)

Today, visit The Metropolitan Opera for a special backstage tour, available only to ‘Ring Leaders’. Discover the sets, costumes and behind-the-scenes spaces that bring Robert Lepage’s Ring to life on the stage of the Met. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

In the evening, return to the Met with the best seats in the house for Die Walküre, beginning at 18:00.

DIE WALKÜRE – CAST
Brünnhilde – Christine Goerke
Wotan – Michael Volle
Sieglinde – Eva-Maria Westbroek
Siegmund – Stuart Skelton
Fricka – Jamie Barton
Hunding – Günther Groissböck

(B)

Today, depart for a private viewing and guided tour at Neue Galerie New York. With a collection that pays homage to 20th century German and Austrian fine and decorative arts, notable pieces include works by Wassily Kandinsky, Erich Heckel and Gustav Klimt’s The Woman in Gold. Enjoy lunch at the Loeb Boathouse, a redbrick and limestone edifice spectacularly situated on the lake in Central Park.

This evening, there is the option to attend a performance by The Metropolitan Opera of Verdi’s Rigoletto (not included in tour price; additional cost applies). Set in 1960s Las Vegas, in an ambience which parallels the decadence of the opera’s original setting, Michael Mayer’s production brings baritone George Gagnidze to the stage as Rigoletto and soprano Rosa Feola as Gilda. Renaissance Tours will gladly assist you in securing your seats.

(BL)

Begin the morning with a pre-performance talk by Scott. The remainder of the morning is at leisure.

In the afternoon, attend a rehearsal of the Ring, available exclusively to ‘Ring Leaders’, and gain an insight into the artistry and stagecraft which go into a performance of Wagner’s epic masterpiece.

This evening, enjoy the best seats in the house for Siegfried, beginning at 18:00.

SIEGFRIED – CAST
Siegfried – Andreas Schager
Brünnhilde – Christine Goerke
Wanderer – Michael Volle
Mime – Gerhard Siegel
Alberich – Tomasz Konieczny
Fafner – Dmitry Belosselskiy
Erda – Karen Cargill
Woodbird – Erin Morley

(B)

Spend a morning at leisure with the opportunity to explore New York’s plethora of museums, galleries and cafés.

In the afternoon, return to the Metropolitan Opera for a special lecture and panel discussion on the production of the Ring, available exclusively for ‘Ring Leaders’.

In the evening, take the opportunity to attend the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Dialogues des Carmélites (not included in tour price; additional cost applies). One of the most successful operas composed in the late 20th century, Dialogues des Carmélites is conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and stars soprano Karita Mattila as the Prioress and Isabel Leonard as the aristocratic Blanche. Renaissance Tours will gladly assist you in securing the best seats available.

(B)

After a morning at leisure, enjoy a special farewell lunch with Scott and fellow travellers at Marea, a Michelin two-starred restaurant specialising in fine Italian seafood cuisine and delicate hand-made pasta.

Then in the evening, conclude your Ring experience with the best seats in the house for Götterdämmerung, beginning at 18:00.

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG – CAST
Brünnhilde – Christine Goerke
Siegfried – Andreas Schager
Gunther ­– Evgeny Nikitin
Hagen – Eric Owens
Waltraute – Sarah Connolly
Gutrune – Edith Haller
Alberich – Tomasz Konieczny

(BL)

Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast.

Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including any additional nights’ accommodation, either before or after the tour.

(B)

Per person, Double-share (1 King bed)

AUD 12,950

Per person, twin-share (2 beds in the room)

AUD 13,250

Single supplement*

AUD 2,750

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

Payment schedule

Deposit per person AUD 3,500  At time of booking

Second payment per person AUD 3,500  Due 27 November 2018

Balance  Due 28 January 2019

Tour code

OA1903

Fitness level

Moderate
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions.

Flights

Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

Visa

In order to visit the United States under the Visa Waiver Programme, all Australian and New Zealand passport holders require an ESTA pre-authorisation application (completed online in advance of travel).

Tour price includes

  • Guaranteed best seats in the house (Orchestra Premium category) for all four Ring performances
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in a 5 star luxury hotel with breakfast daily (B) – J.W. Marriott Essex House Hotel (Essex King Rooms)
  • ‘Ring Leader’ status, including gala dinner, exclusive backstage and rehearsal access and panel discussion
  • Other meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with meals
  • Pre-performance talks by your tour leader, Scott Curry
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable air-conditioned coaches
  • Gratuities for local guides and drivers
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • International flights (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure
  • Optional performances of Rigoletto and Dialogues des Carmélites at the Met (additional cost applies; please contact Renaissance Tours for assistance)
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, room service, etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)

IMPORTANT: Travel insurance

It is a condition of travel with Renaissance Tours that you are covered by comprehensive travel insurance, including cancellation insurance. We strongly recommend that you purchase this insurance as soon as you have made your first non-refundable deposit. We are happy to assist you with this – please enquire when you confirm your registration and booking.

 

Your hotel

J.W. Marriot Essex House Hotel *****+
Perfectly situated in Midtown opposite Central Park, the luxurious J.W. Marriott Essex House Hotel is a historic Art Deco hotel with 5 star facilities and service. The spacious Essex King Rooms boast custom-designed furniture, flat-screen internet-enabled TVs, WiFi included and minibars. The hotel offers a range of spa treatments, 24-hour fitness centre and round-the-clock room service. The hotel is within easy walking distance of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square and the upscale shopping districts of the city.

Upgrades to Park View King Rooms and Junior Suites available on request.

NB. A hotel of a similar standard may be substituted.

J.W. Marriot Essex House Hotel, Exterior

J.W. Marriot Essex House Hotel, Lobby

J.W. Marriot Essex House Hotel, Essex King Room

J.W. Marriot Essex House Hotel, Essex King Room