With its state-of-the-art acoustics and luxurious auditorium, the Metropolitan Opera is one of the premiere opera houses in the world. It is located at the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts in the Upper West Side area of New York City. The Met, as it's known, has undergone numerous changes over its illustrious history. The original Metropolitan Opera House opened on October 22nd, 1883, with a performance of Faust. After a successful 80-year run, the Met moved to its current Lincoln Center location on September 16th, 1966, opening with a performance of Samuel Barber's Antony and Cleopatra, based on the Shakespeare play. The current building was designed by the famous architect Wallace K. Harrison. It has a seating capacity of 3,732 people with space for an additional 245 people to stand. To catch a live performance of the greatest operas in history from La Boheme to Madame Butterfly, you can grab your Metropolitan Opera tickets at StubHub.
How do I reach the Metropolitan Opera through public transit?
The opera house is serviced by both subway and bus. If you are traveling by subway, then you can take the No. 1 train to the Lincoln Center Station on 66th Street. If you are arriving by bus, then you can take the M5, M7, M10, M11, M20, M66, M104 or BxM2 lines.
Does the Metropolitan Opera have on-site parking?
The parking garage is located directly beneath the Lincoln Center. There are four entrances to the garage on West 65th Street, West 62nd Street, Amsterdam Avenue and West 63rd Street, and Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street. The last entrance is intended for reserved spots only. The parking garage is open 24 hours a day.
How does the Metropolitan Opera accommodate disabled guests?
Disabled parking spots are available in the main parking garage. Guests can enter through the reserved entrance on Amsterdam Avenue and West 64th Street. Accessible entrances and exits to the Metropolitan Opera are located on the concourse level. Accessible restrooms, elevators, telephones and seating are available throughout the building. Companion seating is included along with wheelchair-accessible seating. Accessible-listening devices, large print programs, Braille synopses and breathing devices are available throughout the building.
Does the Met have any premium seating?
Both first tier and second tier private boxes are available through the preferred subscriber program.
What kind of experience can I expect at the opera house?
The Metropolitan Opera offers a luxurious, elegant and unforgettable night at the opera. The Met has no dress code, but guests are encouraged to dress up, especially in the private boxes and the lower sections closer to the stage. If you are attending a foreign language opera, then you do not need to know the lyrics ahead of time. Every seat features a small screen with subtitles in multiple languages. You can also experience the Met's many features before and after the opera or during an intermission. Restaurants and bars are located within the opera house. The Met gallery exhibition features an exploration of classical and contemporary visual art. Admission to the gallery is free.Back to Top
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