Also known as,” the Met”, the Metropolitan opera is one of the preeminent opera halls in the world. With its top—notch performers and lavish productions, this opera institution in New York has also staged legendary performances for over a century. If you are planning to catch performance at this amazing institution, here are some things you need to know first.
Being the largest classical music institution in northern part of America, it presents amazing operas’ rotating repertory between late September and May. Each week from Monday to Saturday, this hall stages up-to 7 performances of 4 different works and it also stages a matinee on
Saturdays. The season includes a mix of highly anticipated new productions and opera revivals. For example, the 2012 to 2013 season consisted of 209 productions, with approximately 28 operas.
Where to Get Tickets for the Metropolitan Opera
Tickets to this opera house are always available for individual performances, or for subscriptions – a series of great
performances within the season. You can buy ticket through their website, at the box office, or by phone (212-362-600, Sundays 12pm – 6pm and Mondays to Saturdays 10am – 8pm). It is also important to note that there are no exchanges, cancellations or refunds particularly on single sale tickets.
The organization has adopted a policy of “Dynamic Ticketing”, which means that prices for tickets are determined by demand, seating location and availability and these prices may fluctuate based on various factors. If you are seeking an access to sold-out performances, or reduced price tickets – Standing Room Tickets can be a good option for you. They usually go on sale at around 10am on the performance day. They also offer discount tickets through their students program that requires prior registration with a valid ID.
The Met also offers Rush Tickets with only 200 Orchestra seats for Monday – Thursday performances and weekend performances. You need to purchase a Rush ticket two hours prior to curtain – subject to availability. Lines can sometimes be considerable depending on the opera’s popularity or its stars. The Met offers weekend Rush tickets via an online lottery.
What to See at the the Metropolitan Opera
With two amazing dozen operas every season, this opera house offers a wide range of production and styles. In fact, you don’t need to do any research to have a great time at this opera hall. For instance, the grandiose opera house was opened in 1966 to replace the original 1883 opera house located at south of Times Square. Moreover, the lobby spaces contain curvaceous staircases and lines, making various levels appear to flow to one another.
Don’t forget to check out the amazing starburst crystal chandeliers (as seen in the image) and Marc Chagall’s immense paintings flanking the facade of the building. Memorabilia and costumes from its illusions past are also displayed in various parts in the lobby. A portrait gallery of the Metropolitan opera artists is also found on the lobby’s lower level.
With a capacity of 3,975, the auditorium features five levels of seating above the orchestra – ground floor – that include balconies and box seats. With its amazing acoustics, the consideration for the patrons is fairly distance from the sight lines and stage – but it can easily be limited on the extreme sides. In this house, the décor is mainly red velvet, matching the starburst crystal chandeliers, and lots of appealing gold leaf. Actually, one of the thrilling anticipation moment before any performance is watching these crystal chandeliers rise beautifully to the ceiling.
In addition, the auditorium features Met Titles that can be seen at every Standing Room location and on individual screens installed on the seat backs. Met Titles offer simultaneous translations of the operas/artists in multiple languages.
You will also find the Grand Tier Restaurant in this opera house that opens 2 hours before curtain to all ticket-holders for intermission dining and pre-curtain, but you have to make a reservation. You will also find special items, books, CDs, DVDs inspired by the company’s history and Met productions in the Met Opera Shop. This shop opens Monday to Saturday from 10am – 10pm, and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.
How to Get to the Metropolitan Opera
This house is located between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues and West 62nd and 65th Streets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This opera house is actually part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. For public transit, you can use either a train or bus to get to this location.
Conclusively, it’s a good idea to visit Met’s website for information regarding tickets, prices, and scheduled performances. This is very important especially when prices keep on fluctuating.
For more information on the Met, as well as some of the great performances available this season, don’t forget to check out the Met’s Youtube channel . Here is recap of the Met’s greatest performances for the last few years.