January 26-28, 2018

JFK Montreal

Call Mariah Wakefield at 518.584.6018, Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm,
to reserve your place on tour.

Join Opera Saratoga’s Artistic and General Director Lawrence Edelson for a weekend in Montreal, Friday, January 26th to Sunday, January 28th, 2018, to celebrate the opening night of JFK, by David T. Little and Royce Vavrek, at Opéra de Montreal. 

Hailed by Opera News as “Ravishing… a triumphant work”, JFK was co-commissioned by Fort Worth Opera (where it premiered in 2016), Opéra de Montreal, and American Lyric Theater in New York City – the company founded by Larry to mentor operatic writers and develop new works.  On our trip up to Montreal, Larry will talk about the genesis of JFK – from Fort Worth Opera’s idea to commission the work, through the development process in both Texas and New York, to the triumphant world premiere. The composer/librettist pair of David T. Little and Royce Vavrek also wrote Vinkensport, or The Finch Opera, which will be featured as part of Opera Saratoga’s 2018 Summer Festival. You won’t want to miss this very special weekend together – but spaces are limited, so book your place today!

DATES: January 26 – 28, 2018

COST: $895* per person, based on double occupancy; $1,075* per person, based on single occupancy
*The price of the tour includes a $250 tax-deductible donation to Opera Saratoga.

A deposit of $500 per person is due by November 28th to reserve your space on tour. The balance will be due December 18th. Spaces are strictly limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Transportation: Private coach from Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Accommodations: Double or Single Occupancy at the Hyatt Regency Montreal
  • A welcome dinner at Le Club Chasse et Pêche, one of the top-rated restaurants in Canada, featuring a special 5-course tasting menu with wine pairings
  • Performance Tickets: Prime Orchestra Tickets for Opening Night of JFK
  • Post-Performance Reception with the cast, creative team and writers of JFK
  • A private tour of the special exhibition, “Once upon a time… the Western” at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. This exhibit has some unexpected links to the opera JFK
  • … and plenty of free time to explore the city, and shop!


Music by David T. Little
Libretto by Royce Vavrek

An intimate and poetic drama about a man who changed the destiny of 20th century America.

Featuring Matthew Worth, Daniela Mack, Daniel Okulitch, Talise Travigne, Sean Panikkar, Cree Carrico, John MacMaster, Katherine Goeldner. Conducted by Steven Osgood. Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger.

JFK delves into the hours President John F. Kennedy spent in Fort Worth, Texas immediately before his assassination in Dallas. This new grand opera explores the inner life of the President and Mrs. Kennedy during their final moments together. While extensive background research was conducted during the development of the opera,  JFK is not a historic document and does not depict the assassination. Drawing on real details of the Kennedys' final night, the opera uses dreams to create an imaginary time and space, allowing the couple to revisit those who helped to shape their personal and political lives. Jack travels to the moon with his sister Rosemary, where he spars with political rivals, and relives his courtship of the demure Jacqueline. Jackie sings a duet with her future self, Jacqueline Onassis, who dresses her in her iconic pink Chanel suit, assuring her that she has a part to play in the day’s proceedings. Time is flexible in this drama; fate is not.

JFK is a portrait of a precipice. The fleeting moments of hope before a cosmic page turned, optimism faltered, and America was forced into a new and uncertain era.  The opera is a portrayal of the man as we project our hopes, dreams and fears upon him.  It explores the sense of profound loss we still feel.  It presents the innermost struggles of a fragile human, fated to an early demise, as time presses ever forward.  And though the opera identifies with the emotions of President and Mrs. Kennedy, it is also our story.  Drawing us ever closer to our destinies, and of that final moment, real or imagined.

Commissioned by Fort Worth Opera, Darren K. Woods, General Director; American Lyric Theater, Lawrence Edelson, Producing Artistic Director; and Opéra de Montréal.



This major multidisciplinary exhibition at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers a new interpretation of the Western film genre by examining its links to the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography) from the middle of the nineteenth century to today. This exhibition studies the creation, transmission and transformation of the Western myth in North America, in both the United States and Canada. Over 400 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, artefacts, film stills and excerpts show how the genre has evolved through ongoing dialogue between the fine arts and cinema. ONCE UPON A TIME … THE WESTERN celebrates the beauty of the Western while revealing some of its more sombre aspects. It deals with certain prejudices against the peoples of the First Nations that it helped to perpetuate, and explores themes related to questions that are still current today, such as violence, the stereotypical representation of the sexes, interracial relationships, and the acceptance of difference. It shows the extent to which art has the power to both maintain and challenge the most widespread beliefs.


Our private coach will depart from the Spa Little Theatre in Spa State Park on Friday morning, January 26th at 10:00 am. You may leave your car parked in the theater parking lot for the weekend. Projected return on Sunday, January 28th, 7:00pm.



The Hyatt Regency Montreal is our home away from home, centrally located in downtown Montreal in the heart of the vibrant entertainment district and conveniently connected to Complexe Desjardins featuring over 100 boutiques and restaurants linked directly to Palais des Congrès. The Hyatt Regency provides easy access by foot to the best Montreal has to offer: culinary destinations, entertainment including the prestigious Place des Arts, shopping on Sainte-Catherine street, unique local shops, museums, Old Montreal, Chinatown and easy access to two Montreal subway lines and famous underground city.



Chef Claude Pelletier and maître d’ extraordinaire Hubert Marsolais opened Le Club Chasse et Pêche in 2007 on the site of an old-school Montreal French stalwart called Le Fadeau — and something of the venerable feel of its predecessor has stayed on. Despite the contemporary photographs on the walls, le Club has an enduring and charming retro feel, helped along by deep leather armchairs, low ceilings and meaty fare. As the name of the restaurant suggests, both meat and fish star on its menu. Imaginative dishes run from arctic char with black rice, king hering and mulato pepper, to duck magret with root parsley, beets, cipollini onions and sauce périgourdine or venison with polenta, aged cheddar, salsify and balsamic. A creative wine list and professional service make this place a favorite for travelers from around the globe. Some even come just for dessert — drawn in by the creative and meticulous artistry of pastry chef Masami Waki.


Please note that a valid passport is required for travel to Canada for American Citizens. For non-US citizens, please inquire as to necessary travel documentation.


Please call Mariah Wakefield at 518.584.6018, Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, to reserve your place on tour. A $500 deposit per person is required to hold you space. Payment may be made by check or credit card. Seating at the opera will be distributed based on the order that tour reservations and deposits are received.


The price of the tour includes a $250 tax deductible donation to Opera Saratoga. You will be provided with a receipt for tax purposes with your tour confirmation materials.


All payments are non-refundable. We recommend travel insurance for all participants, which includes cancellation and out-of-country medical coverage.  Insurance pricing is based on the cost of your tour, and the age of each tour participant. Please visit for additional information.