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Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

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Metropolitan Opera House is part of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts complex.

Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023

Year opened: 1966
Capacity: 3800

  • Concession stands
  • Merchandise booths
  • Disabled access
  • Air conditioning
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

As part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, this venue dedicated to ballet and opera first opened in 1966, replacing the original Metropolitan Opera House that opened in 1883 on Broadway, but was too small for advancing technology and stagecraft. It has a total of 4,000 seats, making it the largest purpose-built opera house in the world.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme

    Booking until May 05

  • Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda

    Booking until Feb 20

  • Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut

    Opens Feb 12

  • Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

    Opens Feb 19

  • American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

    Opens Jun 20

Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme

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Until May 5, 2016

Franco Zefferelli presents a magnificent cast starring Angela Gheorghiu as the frail Mimi, with Ramon Vargas taking on the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo in his iconic production of this Puccini favorite. Innovative young conductor Nicola Luisotti oversees a glorious vocal ensemble that proves once again why this opera is the most performed at the Met.

Metropolitan Opera: Maria Stuarda

Until February 20, 2016

If anybody was ever in doubt as to where nineteenth century Catholic Italian loyalties lay, this tragic opera commemorating the suffering of the doomed queen Mary, Queen of Scots at the hands of her cousin Elizabeth I, shows the lie of the land perfectly. The dark intrigue of the Tudor court is thrillingly brought to life by Sir David McVicar with a fiery confrontation between the two Queens culminating in Mary's heartbreaking, bravura death scene at the executioner's block. Sondra Radvanovksy sings Mary's part, while Elizabeth is sung by South African soprano Elza van den Heever.

Metropolitan Opera: Manon Lescaut

February 12-March 11, 2016

Sir Richard Eyre's production sees Puccini's opera move from 18th century France to World War II occupied Paris, with Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann singing the lead roles in a tale of obsessive love between a country girl-turned temptress, and a poor student. But when the Germans arrest her under suspicion of spying, can Des Grieux save her from certain death?

Metropolitan Opera: Madama Butterfly

February 19-April 12, 2016

Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful and powerfully dramatic production returns, with the lead roles of Cio-Cio San shared by Patricia Racette and Kristine Opolais, and the cruel Pinkerton sung by Massimo Giordano, Roberto Alagna, and Roberto De Biasio. Conducted by Karel Mark Chichon in his Met Opera debut, this work is widely known as the opera that inspired the Broadway musical Miss Saigon; the tragic story sees a young Japanese bride abandoned by her American husband for a new wife back home.

American Ballet Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

June 20-25, 2016

Sir Kenneth MacMillan's interpretation of Shakespeare's enduring romantic tragedy has become one of ABT's signature productions. The story of Verona's tragic star-crossed lovers is weaved throughout a rich dance tapestry, with Renaissance Italy providing an elegant and period-perfect background. The original production starred Margot Fonteyne and Rudolf Nuryev in the lead roles, making it one of ballet's most enduring and culturally important productions, with Leslie Browne dancing as Juliet opposite Robert La Fosse as her Romeo in this revival

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