Category Archives: OPERA TRIPS

April 16

NYC OPERA TRIP 2016: ROBERTO DEVEREUX BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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April 16

NYC OPERA TRIP 2016: ROBERTO DEVEREUX

Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky takes on the extraordinary challenge of singing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queen operas in the course of a single season, a rare feat made famous by Beverly Sills—and not attempted on a New York stage since. In this climactic opera of the trilogy, she plays Queen Elizabeth I, forced to sign the […]

April 15

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2016- HIGH ART: ROBERTO DEVEREUX

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April 15

NYC OPERA TRIP 2016: PRIVATE DRESS REHEARSAL PREVIEW OF MOZART’S ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO

Met Music Director James Levine returns to a work he has long cherished, Mozart’s delightful comic gem of wily captives in a harem. Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera POSSE PHOTOS:

April 14

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2015 DINNER: BLUE RIBBON SUSHI

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September 27

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: WHITNEY MUSEUM INAUGURAL EXHIBITION: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE

Drawn entirely from the Whitney Museum of American Art’s collection,America Is Hard to See takes the inauguration of the Museum’s new building as an opportunity to reexamine the history of art in the United States from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Comprising more than six hundred works, the exhibition elaborates the themes, […]

September 26

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015 DINNER: FELIDIA

Felidia is the acclaimed Manhattan East Side flagship of Lidia Bastianich, open since 1981. It is here that many of Lidia’s devoted fans find her greeting each guest with the same warmth and passion that she exhibits through her television shows and cookbook.  Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra has been with Felidia since 1996 and has […]

September 26

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: ANNA BOLENA- OPENING NIGHT

GAETANO DONIZETTI 2015-2016 HD OPERA SEASON SEPTEMBER 26, 2015 @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 30 MIN Sondra Radvanovsky embarks on her quest to sing all three of Donizetti’s Tudor queens, here as Anne Boleyn. Ildar Abdrazakov is King Henry VIII, Jamie Barton is Jane Seymour, the king’s consort, and Stephen Costello plays the […]

September 26

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015- ANNA BOLENA BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: IL TROVATORE- OPENING NIGHT

GIUSEPPE VERDI 2015-2016 HD OPERA SEASON SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 @ 8:00 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera website:  http://www.metopera.org CONDUCTOR: Marco Armiliato PRODUCTION: CAST:  Anna Netrebko, Dolora Zajick, Yonghoon Lee, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Stefan Kocan   CAST SHEET & SYNOPSIS: David McVicar’s dramatic production, first seen in 2009, highlights the raw […]

September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015- IL TROVATORE BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

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September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP DINNER: THE MET OPERA GRAND TIER RESTAURANT

The Grand Tier Restaurant and Revlon Bar are located on the Met’s Grand Tier level. Both locations are open two hours before every performance, in an atmosphere highlighted by spectacular chandeliers and original masterpieces by Marc Chagall. Text courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera http://www.metopera.org POSSE PHOTOS:

September 25

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2015: NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDENS- FRIDA KAHLO- ART GARDEN LIFE

Today Frida Kahlo is acknowledged worldwide as one of the leading artists of the 20th century. Together with her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, Kahlo created a beautiful garden at the Casa Azul (Blue House), her lifelong home in Coyoacán, Mexico City, which served as both a creative refuge and a source of artistic inspiration. NYBG […]

September 24

NYC OPERA TRIP: THROCKMORTON FINE ART- WOMEN PIONEERS MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHY 1

Women Pioneers Mexican Photography I September 24th, – November 14th, 2015 Throckmorton Fine Art presents views of women, myth, and photography intertwined through nine pioneers who embrace new attitudes for women. Since 1896 through the present, freedom earned through personal decision and efforts includes the early social risks taken in a still-traditional society. Where women […]

March 07

NYC OPERA TRIP – SPRING 2015 BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

After an incredible Carmen performance, the girls meet the singers- absolutely a dream come true!! POSSE PHOTOS:  

March 07

MET OPERA PATRON LUNCH WITH KIDS OPERA & ART POSSE HONOR

The Posse was invited to attend a private patron luncheon at the Metropolitan Opera Club before the performance.  After the greeting and thank yous to the patrons, the story of The Kids Opera & Art Posse told and the girls were recognized for their work to share the gift of opera with other kids through their […]

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- SEASONAL DINNER

Where can we get a table for 14 on 2 hrs notice in NYC?  Seasonal Restaurant, a favorite Austrian restaurant came to the rescue and seated us at 8:30PM!!  Lexi and Roula joined us midway through dinner.  We celebrated Ana and Lexi’s birthday during dessert.  A wonderful time was had by all. PHOTOS:  

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- ALISON WRIGHT STUDIO

We stopped by National Geographic Photographer Alison Wright’s studio for a quick “Hello how are you?” before  dinner at Seasonal.  Alison was just back from Greenland and Iceland, and packing and prepping for a another trip on Tuesday. PHOTOS:

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- MACBETH BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

The magic continues… Judith arranged a mind-blowing private meet & greet with the entire cast- including the much anticipated Anna Netrebko!! PHOTOS:    

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- RECEPTION WITH JEANETTE & LEONARD NEUBAUER

Snacks in Peter Gelb’s office during intermission- coffee, hot chocolate & cookies!  Unfortunately Mr. Gelb couldn’t make the reception because there were some problems with the HD feed during the first half of the broadcast.  Jeanette & Leonard Neubauer of The Neubauer Family Foundation- the founding sponsors of the Met Opera Live in HD Broadcasts […]

October 11

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- MET OPERA: MACBETH TALK WITH WILLIAM BERGER

Judith arranged a Macbeth talk with Met Opera Radio and Sirius XM broadcast host and commentator Will Berger.    He is also a regular host for New York Public Radio’s Overnight Music and WNYC radio.  Will writes all the commentaries heard during entractes of historical broadcasts and is often the moderator of  the Met Opera Quiz.  Will […]

October 10

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- DO HWA DINNER

A wonderful Friday night reunion of club members from Los Angeles to Atlanta.  There was much laughter, excellent food, relaxation and fun. PHOTOS:

October 10

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- MOMA TOULOUSE-LAUTREC EXHIBITION & PERMANENT COLLECTION

A docent led tour through MOMA to view more highlights from the Permanent Collection… PHOTOS:  

October 10

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- HIGH ART: MACBETH

The Posse took another trip to Hi Art! Studios to prepare for the opera.  Through a performance by the London Opera of Macbeth, they had a chance to dive deeper into the plot and music of Macbeth.  They used art by Anselm Kiefer as inspiration for their project focusing on death and destruction.  An excellent time was […]

October 09

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- THE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

A vist to The American Museum of Natural History- one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.  The Museum […]

October 09

NYC OPERA TRIP FALL 2014- SIGHTSEEING IN NYC

Around town with Lia and Grace… PHOTOS:

February 08

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014 – SAKAGURA DINNER

Dinner at Sakagura was the perfect end to a wonderful day.  In the basement of an office building, Sakagura looks like a subterranean Japanese environment.  Specializing in Japanese hot food and sake, we ordered tons of small dishes and shared them family style.  National Geographic Woman of the Year Alison Wright, and Founder of the […]

February 08

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- “THE POSSE” MET OPERA RECEPTION

At the end of Act 2, we were escorted by Judith Helf to Mr. Peter Gelb’s office for a reception for the Posse with Hot Chocolate and sweet treats.  Yum… POSSE PHOTOS:  

February 08

NYC OPERA TRIP 2014- MET LIVE: RUSALKA & BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

ANTONIN DVOŘÁK 2013-2014 HD OPERA SEASON FEBRUARY 8, 2014 @ 12:55 PM RUN TIME: 3 HRS 20 MIN The great Renée Fleming returns to one of her signature roles, singing the enchanting “Song to the Moon” in Dvorák’s soulful fairy-tale opera. Tenor Piotr Beczala co-stars as the Prince, Dolora Zajick is Ježibaba, and dynamic young […]

February 08

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- MET OPERA COSTUME SHOP & HD TRUCK TOUR

The MET Opera team organized an unforgettable experience for The Posse which included a visit to The Costume Shop and a walkthrough of the AMV Titan HD Mobile Production Unit Truck to see where the magic happens for the movie theatre viewing public. POSSE PHOTOS: Cathy and Judith in the Costume Shop Sewing station

February 07

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- MOMS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN (WHILE THE GIRLS ARE AT HI ART!)

Ok- we have 4 hours!  Nicole wants to go to the Dannijo showroom, Judi needs jewelry, Fashion Queens is taping down the street if we can get there, Nicole needs a coffee, everyone needs hosiery and tights, and Leslie has finally landed!  The phrase of the day…”WE HAVE TO GO!” POSSE PHOTOS:

February 07

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- DO HWA DINNER

A table for 13, an amazing Korean feast, and belly-splitting laughter!  A fantastic dinner was had by all… POSSE PHOTOS:

February 07

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- HI ART! CAMP: RUSALKA

The Posse enjoyed a 5 1/2 hour Rusalka Art Camp.  Cyndie and her daughter Zoe led the kids through an exploration of the libretto, viewed portions of a very contemporary production of Rusalka, and taught them how do a Watercolor and Manga piece featuring Rusalka.   The camp was supposed to be 4 hours, but […]

February 07

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- THE TENEMENT MUSEUM: MEET VICTORIA CONFINO

The Tenement Museum tells the stories of 97 Orchard Street.  Built on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.  The museum preserves and interprets the history of immigration through the personal experiences of the generations of newcomers who settled in and built lives on Manhattan’s […]

February 06

NYC OPERA TRIP SPRING 2014- SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast at the Marriott, a visit to the American Girl Shrine on Fifth Avenue, and a floor by floor walkthrough, a visit to Henri Bendels, a surprise visit to Grandma’s school, lunch at Island on the Upper East Side, a surprise haircut for Lexi at Frederic Fekkai with Enrique, a stroll down Fifth Avenue, a trip […]

February 02

NYC OPERA TRIP 2014- DO HWA POSSE DINNER

After the opera, we had a great dinner at Do Hwa-our favorite authentic Korean Home Cooking restaurant. POSSE PHOTOS:

February 02

NYC OPERA TRIP 2013- “THE POSSE” MET OPERA PRIVATE TOUR & RECEPTION

PRIVATE TOUR WITH PATRONS LUNCH IN THE MET OPERA CAFETERIA RECEPTION DURING INTERMISSION IN PETER GELB’S OFFICE POSSE LETTER PHOTOS: RECEPTION IN PETER GELB’S OFFICE PHOTOS:

February 02

NYC OPERA TRIP 2013- MET LIVE- LE COMTE ORY PERFORMANCE & BACKSTAGE MEET & GREET

GIOACHINO ROSSINI 2012-2013 MET OPERA SEASON FEBRUARY 2, 2013 @ 1:00 PM RUN TIME: 2 HRS 45 MIN Rossini’s vocally dazzling comedy stars bel canto sensation Juan Diego Flórez in the title role of this Met production. He vies with mezzo-soprano Karine Deshayes, in the trouser role of Isolier, for the love of the lonely […]

February 01

NYC OPERA TRIP 2013- SIGHTSEEING

We covered some serious territory!   We went to Ceci-Cela my favorite pastry store, Henri Bendels to check out the hair stuff, Bloomindale’s because Lexi has never been to the big one on 59th street (she was speechless), I got my hair cut and blown out, we had real NYC pizza, we had sushi, we […]

February 01

NYC OPERA TRIP 2013- KIMBERLY MCDONALD JEWELRY STUDIO PRIVATE TOUR NYC

FEBRUARY 1, 2013 @ 6PM KIMBERLY MCDONALD STUDIO, NYC Kimberly McDonald has always had a deep love and appreciation for nature and these attributes have found their way into her fine jewelry line. The North Carolina native, now based in New York City, has created an entire collection using natural and organic materials such as […]