What is Opera?

What is opera?

“Opera, the fine art of emotions?”

Opera is considered by many to be a “total” art form because it blends music, singing, drama, poetry, staging and occasionally dance, into an extraordinary performance.

It is this complex combination that makes an opera performance one the few entertainments where all human emotions and passions are at work. Read More

Q. What hotel will I be staying at?

A. We have made special arrangements for you to stay at the Empire Hotel. 

Standing at the gateway to the Upper West Side, the Empire Hotel reflects the relaxing earth tones and modernism of it’s famous neighbors, Central Park, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Opera House ™.

This boutique hotel offers sophisticated comfort and bold decor as well as upscale amenities, quality guest services and superior rooms.

The Empire Hotel’s central location also places you within convenient walking distances to some of New York’s top attractions.

As we mentioned it is directly across the street from the renowned Lincoln Center which includes the Metropolitan Opera House ™, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Alice Tully Hall. Stroll a few more blocks and you will reach the world famous landscapes of Central Park and Columbus Circle, a top shopping destination.

Check out this photo gallery on the Empire Hotel below:

For more information on what the guest rooms at the Empire are like, please click here.

Q. Can I change the tour’s itinerary if I want to?

Q. Can I change the itinerary if I want to? Can I see only 2 operas?
A. We can arrange that on an individual basis.
Currently  the 3 Nights at the Opera packages include:

  • 4 nights lodging at a premium boutique hotel
  • Inclusive hotel amenities such as in-room Wi-Fi
  • Free tickets for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Met Opera House ™
  • Private round-trip transportation to and from any NYC area airport
  • Prime Orchestra seating for 3 evening performances at the Metropolitan Opera ™

Our  opera tours were designed so that you will be able to take in a different opera performance every night (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), while taking advantage of the most affordable weeknight hotel rates.

If you want to change any of the above just give us a call at 1-984-202-5958 to discuss it.

Q. What are the rooms at the Empire Hotel like?

A. The rooms are all very contemporary looking and a good size by New York hotel standards.

We will usually be able to get you a superior room which is larger than the standard rooms.  Most of the rooms have a good New York street view. You will know that you are really in New York.

About the Empire Hotel Superior Guest rooms:

Each room features either 2 double beds or king, and is approximately 242 square feet. The room will be either city view or quiet courtyard.

Each room design is a mix of earth-tone colors and functionality featuring:

  • A flat screen TV,
  • iHome docking station with speakers and digital alarm clock,
  • 100% cotton linens and bathrobes,
  • spa-inspired bathroom design with tropical a rain showerhead and luxury bath amenities.
  • Enjoy our complimentary fitness center during your stay.
  • WiFi is included on our Night at the Opera Tour.



Q. How difficult is it to use the subway system in New York? And is it safe?

A. The New York subway system is huge and we admit somewhat complicated. However, you can get to most parts of the city quite easily by just following simple directions.

You can get detailed directions to where you want to go on smart phone apps or online. You can also just ask a ticket agent.

If you are old enough to be getting Medicare, you can show your Medicare card and get a 2-trip discount when you buy tickets.

Otherwise, there are other ways of buying tickets or a MetroCard ®:
New York City Subways and Bus Fares > http://web.mta.info/fares/

The NY Transit Authority website has tons of information and maps about how to use the transit system.

New York also has a comprehensive bus system and if you want to see more of the city you might elect to travel by bus. But bear in mind that the buses are going to be a lot slower, especially during rush hours, when they are not at all advisable.

The subway system is very safe and even late at night is full of people.

Q. What other things do you recommend?


Q. I have read all your suggestions for local sightseeing. What other things do you recommend?

A. Another possibility, especially for those people who like to pack a lot into their New York visit, is to purchase a New York Pass – one pass to see 90+ attractions.

The Pass includes such iconic landmarks as the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It also includes a bus tour and a Circle Line cruise around Manhattan.

So if you have never been to New York before and are planning to see as much of New York City during the day, before attending the Opera at night, then the New York Pass may be a very good bet.

Check out the New York Pass website here.


Q. How do I get tickets for a matinee performance?


Q. I would like to attend a Broadway show. Can I catch a matinee performance of a Broadway show?
A. You are in luck. On Wednesday, if you want to see a show before the opera you can get tickets right next door to the hotel at the Broadway discount ticket booth (a Theater Development Fund booth) is across the street from the Empire hotel.

This means that you can easily purchase discount tickets for a Wednesday matinee if you want to see a Broadway show before your Wednesday night opera performance.

The Broadway theater district is less than a mile from the hotel, by subway, bus or on foot. Not every current Broadway show is available at a discount at the ticket booth, but many are.

Tickets for Wednesday matinee performances are sold the day before. This means that you would need to get your tickets on Tuesday. The booth is open from noon to 7 PM but sometimes closes for a half-hour break at 3 PM.

You can easily find the TKTS Booth > located in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street)

However, you may also decide to go down to the ticket booth in Times Square. You will spend more time waiting on line there but the selection of available shows may be greater.

But you should be aware that you will encounter much longer lines at the Times Square ticket booth, especially if you want to see a musical show and not a drama.

Non-musical shows have a separate, shorter line.

But, the Times Square booth does NOT sell tickets for next-day matinee shows.

All the other ticket booths like the one at Lincoln Center do sell them.

Check out the Theater Development Fund (TDF) website: https://www.tdf.org/nyc/8/Locations-Hours.

Q. What can we do during the day?

A. Your hotel is located in one of the most convenient and central parts of New York City- the Upper West Side. You are only around a mile away from Times Square. And from the hotel you can walk to Central Park, only a few blocks away to the east.

Depending on how much you like to walk, you can stroll over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or you can take a short bus ride or a take taxi trip.

You are also fairly close to other notable New York museums such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick Collection, the New Museum and several others. These are all within a mile or so walking distance from your hotel.

The Metropolitan Museum is around 1.5 miles away, through Central Park on foot.
But make sure you check the opening hours of the museums before going.

If you do not want to walk, all these places can be easily reached by public transportation. There is a subway stop within 2 minutes walking distance of the hotel.

Once you get on the subway you can easily travel to any part of the city. You could even take a train to Coney Island and walk on the boardwalk along the ocean. It would take around an hour by subway train.

The subways run 24 hours a day and are very safe. See separate info on the subways below.